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Become A Yard Spotter

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Working As A Yard Spotter

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $25,010

    Average Salary

What Does A Yard Spotter Do At Sysco Corp

* Works with the loaders and supervision to move trucks and trailers from one location to another according to door assignments.
* Checks to ensure that each unit is sealed and that the refrigeration unit is operating correctly and running.
* Moves trucks and trailers from dock to dock as needed to complete the loading process.
* Ensures the trailer or truck is completely loaded and secured before moving from the dock area.
* Works with transportation management to ensure the proper equipment is used on the proper route.
* Works closely with fleet shop management to ensure any repairs are finished before using equipment.
* Helps keep truck parking yard free of debris and trash.
* Arranges trucks and trailers on the yard in an orderly and efficient manner.
* Moves trucks and trailers for receiving when needed

What Does A Yard Spotter Do At Shaw Industries Inc.

* Provides information for logging movement of all trailers, content, PI building and date.
* Records daily log of all truck movement thru gates.
* This allows for material tracking and captures time for truck movement thru prison gates.
* Records log on inside trailer moves.
* Reports any mechanical or repair issue to Transportation Manager

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How To Become A Yard Spotter

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.


There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.


Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Yard Spotter Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Polish


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Top Skills for A Yard Spotter


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Top Yard Spotter Skills

  1. Empty Trailers
  2. Plant Safety Requirements
  3. Dock Doors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored all docks for trailers that have been unloaded and pulled empty trailers from the doors and replace with full loads.
  • Completed moves as they appeared on screen Moved trailers from dock doors to designated spots in the trailer yard.
  • Operated a yard truck at The Limited Brands
  • Spot Trailers to Doors for loading or off loading Maintain Yard Audits Of All Equipment Truck Maintenance Knowledge of all D.O.T Regulations
  • ResponsibilitiesHauled various types of materials Skills UsedCdl class a

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