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Working As A Shipping Operator

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $18,724

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping Operator Do

Material moving machine operators use machinery to transport various objects. Some operators move construction materials around building sites or excavate earth from a mine. Others move goods around a warehouse or onto container ships.

Duties

Material moving machine operators typically do the following:

  • Set up and inspect material moving equipment
  • Control equipment with levers, wheels, or foot pedals
  • Move material according to a plan or schedule
  • Keep a record of the material they move and where they move it
  • Make minor repairs to their equipment

In warehouses, most material moving machine operators use forklifts and conveyor belts. Wireless sensors and tags are increasingly used to keep track of merchandise, allowing operators to locate them faster. Some operators also check goods for damage. These operators usually work closely with hand laborers and material movers.

Many operators work for underground and surface mining companies. They help to dig or expose the mine, remove the earth and rock, and extract coal, ore, and other mined materials.

In construction, material moving machine operators remove earth to clear space for buildings. Some work on a building site for the entire length of the construction project. For example, certain material moving machine operators help to construct highrise buildings by transporting materials to workers far above ground level.

All material moving machine operators are responsible for the safe operation of their equipment or vehicle.

Conveyor operators and tenders control conveyor systems that move materials on an automatic belt. They move materials to and from places such as storage areas, vehicles, and building sites. They monitor sensors on the conveyor to regulate the speed with which the conveyor belt moves. Operators may determine the route materials take along a conveyor based on shipping orders.

Crane and tower operators use tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machinery, or other heavy objects. From a control station, operators can extend and retract horizontal booms, rotate the superstructure, and lower and raise hooks attached to cables at the end of their crane or tower. Operators are usually guided by other workers on the ground using hand signals or voice signals through a radio. Most crane and tower operators work at construction sites or major ports, where they load and unload cargo. Some operators work in iron and steel mills. 

Dredge operators excavate waterways. They operate equipment on the water to remove sand, gravel, or rock from harbors or lakes. Removing these materials helps to prevent erosion and maintain navigable waterways, and allows larger ships to use more ports. Dredging is also used to help restore wetlands and maintain beaches.

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators use machines equipped with scoops or shovels. They dig sand, earth, or other materials and load them onto conveyors or into trucks for transport elsewhere. They may also move material within a confined area, such as a construction site. Operators typically receive instructions from workers on the ground through hand signals or radios. Most of these operators work in construction or mining industries.

Hoist and winch operators, also called derrick operators, control the movement of platforms, cables, and cages that transport workers or materials for industrial operations, such as constructing a highrise building. Many of these operators raise platforms far above the ground. Operators regulate the speed of the equipment based on the needs of the workers. Many work in manufacturing, mining, and quarrying industries.

Industrial truck and tractor operators drive trucks and tractors that move materials around warehouses, storage yards, or worksites. These trucks, often called forklifts, have a lifting mechanism and forks, which make them useful for moving heavy and large objects. Some industrial truck and tractor operators drive tractors that pull trailers loaded with material around factories or storage areas.

Underground mining loading machine operators load coal, ore, and other rocks onto shuttles, mine cars, or conveyors for transport from a mine to the surface. They may use power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with scrapers or scoops, and automatic gathering arms that move materials onto a conveyor. Operators also drive their machines farther into the mine in order to gather more material.

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How To Become A Shipping Operator

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.

Education

Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.

Training

Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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Average Length of Employment
Sheeter Operator 4.3 years
Terminal Operator 3.7 years
Receiving Operator 3.1 years
Shipping Operator 3.0 years
Baler Operator 2.2 years
Junior Operator 2.1 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Clamp Operator 2.1 years
Pit Operator 2.0 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Picker Operator 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Operator
Operator 6.3%
Cashier 6.3%
Supervisor 4.9%
Driver 4.2%
Teller 3.5%
Internship 3.5%
Technician 3.5%
Mechanic 3.5%
Top Careers After Shipping Operator
Operator 6.6%
Driver 4.1%
Mail Clerk 4.1%
Owner 3.3%
Associate 2.5%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Shipping Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

80.4%

Female

18.3%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Chinese

22.2%

Japanese

11.1%

Shipping Operator Education

Schools

Ashford University

8.6%

Baker College

8.6%

Gadsden State Community College

5.7%

Patrick Henry Community College

5.7%

Oregon State University

5.7%

Kaplan University

5.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

5.7%

Western New England College

5.7%

Houston Community College

5.7%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

5.7%

University of Maine

5.7%

McNeese State University

5.7%

Western Iowa Tech Community College

5.7%

Central Washington University

2.9%

University of Southern Maine

2.9%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.9%

Eastern Michigan University

2.9%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

2.9%

Salem State University

2.9%

Lamar Institute of Technology

2.9%
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Majors

Business

24.2%

General Studies

8.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Computer Science

4.0%

Environmental Science

4.0%

Supply Chain Management

4.0%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Information Sciences

3.0%

Pharmacy

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Kinesiology

3.0%

History

3.0%

Communication

3.0%
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Degrees

Other

36.8%

Bachelors

32.7%

Associate

17.5%

Certificate

7.0%

Masters

3.5%

License

1.2%

Diploma

1.2%
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Top Skills for A Shipping Operator

  1. Food Safety
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Procedures
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  • Organized, stacked and packaged orders onto pallets for stocking into delivery trucks.
  • Received and inspected raw materials following quality procedures and material specifications.
  • Prepared product for shipment following customer orders.
  • Prepared rail cars and tractor trailers for loading by inspecting and marking them according to company policies.
  • Drive a fork lift, stock picker, pallet jack, and used pallet wrapping machine.

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