Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

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Also known as:
Forklift Driver, Forklift Operator, Front-End Loader Operator, Hydraulic Lift Driver, Industrial Truck Operator, Reach-Lift Truck Driver, Stacker Operator

ABOUT INDUSTRIAL TRUCK OR TRACTOR OPERATOR CAREERS
Video transcript

Industrial truck operators, sometimes called "forklift operators" are responsible for the movement of manufactured goods, grain, construction materials, or other heavy items, around a factory or on and off ships. Operators must have an ability to judge distances, a good sense of balance, and good eye-hand-foot coordination to operate such equipment.

Their primary responsibilities are to protect the materials they carry, to ensure that the goods arrive at the proper destination and to adhere to strict safety practices in order to avoid rollovers and collisions.

Other duties include: keeping records of material moved, and doing some manual loading and unloading. Operators may also be inspecting, cleaning, fueling and servicing their trucks or for making minor repairs. Sometimes they must work in hot and cold weather, or in rain or snow. They may also work for many hours at the time.

Most employers hire those with a high school diploma and the proven ability to work with machines; but also helpful is experience in operating mobile equipment, such as farm tractors or armed forces vehicles.

SNAPSHOT
Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
LOW
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels.

Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.

Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.

Perform routine maintenance on vehicles or auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.

Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.

Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
TOP SKILLS
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.