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Heavy Equipment Operator / Forklift Operator


A heavy equipment or forklift operator is responsible for the loading and unloading of goods.


forklift operator


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Pull and stage orders for delivery with extreme accuracy
  • Load and unload trucks with designated products
  • Unload incoming products and materials
  • Ensure specification and quantity of orders are correct
  • Secure loads, close and seal trucks where necessary
  • Ensure product is transported from storage or receiving area in a manner consistent with safety, quality and production goals
  • Verify stock and identify losses
  • Keep inventory of goods loaded and record and sign tallies
  • Remove, weigh, stretch wrap and record finished pallets
  • Provide commodities to production lines
  • Maintain a clean and safe working area around loading area
  • Sample products and notify supervisor of any irregularities
  • Process report requests, documents, deliveries and/or materials for the purpose of disseminating information and/or materials to appropriate parties
  • Perform minor repair works as required for efficient loading operations


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma and forklift certification is required to become a heavy equipment or forklift operator.


To pursue a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator / Forklift Operator:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, diesel mechanics and mathematics.


Where can I work?

Heavy equipment or forklift operators may work for any agricultural business or organization that regularly transports and receives goods.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a heavy equipment or forklift operator will be great over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • The Forklift Truck Association
  • Industrial Truck Association
  • Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association
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