A forklift driver often works in a warehouse, at a construction site, or in a retail environment. The forklift driver may place items onto the forklift, so this job sometimes requires the ability to lift heavy items. The forklift driver may also have to climb under and on top of railcars, so it is important to be able to perform this physical duty.
Furthermore, it is important to understand the logistics of the facility being worked in and to place items in the proper area. Usually, the forklift driver will be assigned tasks for the day and then will perform these tasks independently. Communication skills are still essential, in order to help the workflow and to maintain safety. It may be important to be familiar with the workings of a forklift and to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting if it is not working properly. The forklift driver may also have sending and receiving duties on the loading dock.
There are usually no specific education requirements to this job, though many employers will require a high school diploma. Some jobs will offer on the job training to become a certified forklift driver, while other positions will only hire those who already have prior experience and certification. Job hours vary widely, and some jobs will require the forklift driver to work late-night or early-morning shifts. This job is sometimes carried out in the outdoors, subjecting the driver to unpleasant weather conditions.
Forklift Driver Tasks
Assist the receiving staff by placing the merchandise in the proper location throughout the warehouse using a scanner.
Return the merchandise to the proper location.
Assist stockers as needed.