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As a forklift operator, you’re a focused, responsible, heavy equipment operator. You're not afraid to take on responsibility and deliver results efficiently and safely in this physically demanding role. The main objective of your role is to locate, move, stack, and count merchandise. You may be required to fill orders, retrieve products for customers or clients, load and unload trucks, and provide customer service in a variety of settings, including warehouse and customer facing positions.

If you are looking for a job as a forklift operator, you’ve come to the right place. Randstad Canada can help you with your job search. Simply contact us to get your search started.


what forklift driver jobs entail

Forklift operators can work full or part time, depending on the needs of their employer. Occasionally, you may be called upon to work extended hours or shifts. 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.


average forklift operator salaries

Forklift operator salaries in Canada vary widely based on where you live and your level of experience. Starting rates can range from as low as $11.75 per hour up to $18 per hour. The average salary for forklift drivers with 3 years’ experience can reach $20 per hour and up to $25 per hour for drivers with more than 5 years of experience.

Alberta (in particular Calgary and Edmonton) offer the highest earning potential for forklift operators. Salary is also dependent on other duties and the type of forklift being operated.


your day to day tasks

You’re responsible for moving, locating, stacking and counting merchandise. You’re accountable for the safe and efficient operation of the equipment, before, during and after its use. Since your role involves physically demanding work, it’s important to maintain your stamina by keeping yourself in good physical condition. Day to day tasks include:

  • loading and unloading shipments, supplies and merchandise
  • performing quality control checks
  • order picking and inventory control
  • equipment maintenance
  • ensuring a safe work environment
  • where you can work
  • Forklift operators are required in many different settings, particularly in retail, warehouses, and in industrial and manufacturing settings. Forklift drivers are required by companies across Canada, with Alberta and the Greater Toronto Area in particular offering the most opportunities.


what you bring to the table

You have an aptitude for operating heavy equipment. You take direction and complete appropriate paperwork 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. Skills forklift drivers need include:

  • organization and time management
  • effective communication (verbal, written)
  • focus on safety
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • inventory management
  • teamwork and the ability to work with others

training and certifications

At a minimum you’re required to have a high school diploma to qualify for forklift driver positions. Generally, a workplace safety certification and a forklift operation certificate are required. Some provinces or organizations may require additional certifications. Further education, training, and experience with inventory management is an asset.

Employers usually require a minimum of 2-3 years of experience (internally or externally) however, occasionally may be willing to train employees who show eagerness and aptitude in other jobs. Additional training and certification will be required as your career progresses. Additional training on other machinery may be offered by your employer.


where your career is headed

There are opportunities for forklift operators across Canada at companies in industries such as warehousing, manufacturing, distribution and retail services. In terms of career growth, you can be trained on larger, more complex machinery or be promoted to roles with a supervisory element.

Are you exploring your career options as a forklift driver? Randstad can help you. Find out how we can help with your job search.

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