An unloader works for companies which transport and distribute goods, as well as at airports, rail yards, and warehouses. They may also operate machinery such as forklifts, jacks, and other vehicles, so it is important to be physically fit; there is also a large amount of lifting, bending, and stooping.
The abilities to adhere to time constraints and work well on teams are very important in this position. Unloaders are also responsible inspecting received goods to make sure all items are present and no damage is apparent. When items are in good condition, unloaders may route them for distribution or storage, while damaged items must be reported immediately. Some jobs may require organization of items by type and scheduling items for return, as well.
Unloaders do not always work at the final stop for goods, so they must be able to scan and route items to different areas accordingly. Basic math skills are needed in order to adequately account for items. Hours for the job may vary; there are daytime, nighttime, and graveyard shifts available, as well as both full-time and part-time positions. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position.
Inspect documents that are present from external suppliers.
Perform filling work orders in a timely manner.
Maintain inventory management of the sub-inventory.
Call vendors for pick ups or returns.
Perform packaging, handling, transportation and other related shipping duties.