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Become A Tow Motor Operator

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Working As A Tow Motor 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

  • $36,500

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Tow Motor Operator does

  • Use of RF scanner and data entry
  • Drive tow motor pull and load pallet
  • Print Die Assistant Trainee, Tow motor Operation Certified.
  • Delivered parts to machine operators.
  • Required to do warehouse, shipping and recieving, and pull orders for production lines
  • Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
  • Sorted cargo before loading and unloading.
  • General warehouse, inventory, delivery of raw materials to factory via box truck.
  • Line side part delivery to Honda Manufacturer o Alabama (HMA) associates.
  • Use of rf scanner to load orders onto trucks for delivery.
  • Retrieve, stage, and load trailers for out bound loads.
  • Follow Osha tow motor compliances.
  • Inventory control; log merchandise to receiving; issue material to jobs.
  • hired in)Line assembly or rolled steel, packing, shipping and receiving or shipments
  • Operated tow motor/pallet jack/forklift load/unload truckselectronically pulled/pick ordersMaterial handlerline leader
  • Involved locating product and loading tractor trailers.
  • Moved freight and stock to and from storage and production areas.
  • Load stock onto CNC lines.
  • Deliver Parts to Crew RF Scanner Usage Stock Lines
  • Maintain accurate logs and safety procedures.

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How To Become A Tow Motor 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.


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.


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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Tow Motor Operator Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Swedish


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Top Tow Motor Operator Skills

  1. Drive Tow Motor
  2. Car Parts
  3. Load Trailers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Drive tow motor load machines with bundles of wood and organize the bundles in the stock
  • Operate forklift to move materials in the warehouse to load and unload trailers and/or shipping containers.
  • Operated tow motor/pallet jack/forklift load/unload truckselectronically pulled/pick ordersMaterial handlerline leader
  • Molded, and transported automotive parts throughout facility.
  • Operated powered lift trucks, floor sweepers, pallet jacks and forklifts safely and with a 0% incident rate.

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