Warehousemen help ensure that a warehouse runs smoothly and efficiently. This is a physically demanding job, as the warehouse workers are expected to be able to lift heavy objects in excess of 25 pounds throughout their shift. Other tasks they need to be able to perform are unloading and loading trailers quickly and efficiently, operating a forklift, and performing basic maintenance for their work area. They are also responsible for completing an inventory checklist, ensuring loads are in the correct trailers, and completing various other tasks given to them by their supervisor. All of these tasks must be performed in compliance with organizational safety regulations.
Generally, a warehouseman's work is performed indoors, although warehouse workers may be exposed to the elements of nature when a loading dock is emptied. Various other employees share a work environment with warehousemen, such as supervisors and other warehouse employees. Corporate workers may also visit the warehouse occasionally to make sure it is running efficiently and safely. Customers from other companies who want to do business with the warehouse may come in and observe the warehouse as well.
A high school degree or equivalent is generally preferred by warehouse management, but it is not always required. Hours worked may vary greatly for warehousemen. For example, some warehouse employees work during the day, while others work evening or overnight shifts. The length of the shift may fluctuate as well, ranging from three hours to possibly more than eight hours.
- Complete required documents and coordinate with team and upper management.
- Identify needed materials and relocate to new storage destination.
- Receive, load, unload, distribute, and store materials.
- Maintain shipping records and assist in general facility maintenance.