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Working As A Supply Technician

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $67,883

    Average Salary

What Does A Supply Technician Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Supply Technician

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Supply Technician Career Paths

Supply Technician
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Expeditor Material Coordinator Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Expeditor Office Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Management Specialist Logistics Management Specialist
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Program Manager Area Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Assembly Technician Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Management Analyst Contracts Specialist Procurement Agent
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Management Specialist Security Officer Sales Consultant
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Specialist Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Supply Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

57.3%

Female

41.0%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

13.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.6%

German

7.6%

Korean

5.3%

Filipino

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

French

2.3%

Tagalog

2.3%

Mandarin

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Samoan

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Cree

0.8%
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Supply Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.2%

Central Texas College

11.7%

Ashford University

9.9%

Community College of the Air Force

7.3%

Columbia Southern University

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Colorado Technical University

3.7%

Park University

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%

Troy University

3.5%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.2%

Grantham University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Barstow Community College

2.7%

Saint Leo University

2.4%

Webster University

2.3%

Defense Acquisition University

2.3%

Albany Technical College

2.3%
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Majors

Business

33.2%

Supply Chain Management

11.3%

General Studies

7.3%

Criminal Justice

7.0%

Management

4.6%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Accounting

3.6%

Computer Science

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Education

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Nursing

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Communication

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Medical Assisting Services

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

33.3%

Bachelors

31.0%

Associate

18.6%

Masters

8.9%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Supply Technician

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  1. Property Accountability
  2. Procedures
  3. Storage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised and actively engaged in property accountability, planned and conducted inventories, and reconciliations.
  • Ensured accurate inventory procedures were executed in accounting for products issued to and from domestic and international locations.
  • Performed complex searches of shipping and storage records, equipment specifications, and manufacturing manuals for item/equipment identification.
  • Coordinate with other logistical activities and staff elements to provide logistical support and guidance.
  • Validated unit expenditures, managed/ monitored Government Purchase Cards, priority requisitions and supply accounts.

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