Forklift Operator

Job Description

Summary: The Forklift Operator is responsible for supplying production lines with raw materials, moving stock or other material around a warehouse, to and from storage, to and from transportation vessels, and/or production areas, as well as meeting quality standards.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Lift raw materials, finished products, and packed items, manually or using lifting tools as required

  2. Mark or tag identification on parts/totes

  3. Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment

  4. Sort cargo before loading and unloading

  5. Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information

  6. Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs

  7. Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily check sheets

  8. Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported

  9. Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers so they can be loaded

  10. Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected

  11. Move levers or controls that operate forklifts to load, unload, transport, or stack material

  12. Inspect product load for accuracy and safety move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery

  13. Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles

  14. Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas

  15. Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels

  16. Perform routine maintenance on forklift such as recharging batteries and watering batteries

  17. Move controls to drive electric powered trucks and transport materials between loading, processing, and storage areas

  18. Follow established company and work area safety policies including the wearing of all required PPE's

  19. Maintain equipment and clean working areas

  20. Follow established company policies, policies and rules outlined in Member Handbook as well as procedures required in the standard operating procedures/work instructions

  21. Maintains open communication with supervisors, team leaders and other material handlers regarding stocking and movement of raw materials, WIP, and finished goods

  22. Assist in maintaining work area (i.e. sweeping, emptying trash, etc.)

  23. Other duties and responsibilities as directed by your supervisor



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Complexity of Duties

Semi-skilled duties that follow definite procedures.  Must be able to safely operate industrial lifts and maintain forklift certification.  Employee works as instructed and consults with supervisor and/or team leader as needed on all matters not specifically covered in instructions or guidelines.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to add and subtract one and three digit numbers.


Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.

Teamwork - Contributes to building a positive team spirit.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; supports organizational goals and values.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions.

Professionalism - Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.

Quality - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.

Quantity - Meets productivity standards.

Safety - Observes safety and security procedures.


Company Description
START - Specialized Talent Acquisition Recruiting Team. We offer 24/7 staffing services to the Metro Detroit Area.

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