forklift operator job description
As a forklift operator, you move materials from one place to another using special industrial tractors and trucks. You work in a warehouse, dockyard, factory, construction site or wherever products or equipment are stored on pallets or stacked on industrial shelving and need to be moved. Often, you’re called upon to work extended hours or shifts, as manufacturing and delivery of products is often a ‘round the clock’ operation. Along with operating a forklift, you may be called upon to perform Order Filler and Checker duties as well as monitor and maintain accurate inventory. That’s why strong communications skills and great reflexes serve you well in this role.
You’re required to use and wear proper safety gear and follow safety procedures at all times. You report to a warehouse supervisor whose responsibility it is to fill orders and maintain organization of the warehouse or dockyard.
You’re responsible for operating a forklift to move, locate, relocate, stack and count merchandise. You’re accountable for the safe and efficient operation of the equipment, before, during and after its use. You keep the work area clean and free from materials that may prove hazardous. It’s physically demanding work so it’s important to maintain your stamina by keeping yourself in good physical condition.
In terms of career growth, you can be trained on larger, more complex machinery or be promoted to warehouse supervisor.
You enjoy and have an aptitude for operating heavy equipment. You apply your communication and time management skills to doing your job expertly. You take direction and complete appropriate paper work to maintain effective inventory management. You’re an important part of a team where members rely on each other to perform their duties reliably and efficiently, so that the work gets done on time and within budget.
required skills and training
Generally, you’re required to have a high school diploma. Some provinces or organizations may require certification.
Employers usually require a minimum of 2-3 years of experience but occasionally may be willing to train a new employee who shows eagerness and aptitude.
skills and certifications
Generally, workplace safety certification and a forklift operation certificate are required.