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Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

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Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.

    Work Activities
    • Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.
    • Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
    • Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
    • Move controls to drive gasoline- or electric-powered trucks, cars, or tractors and transport materials between loading, processing, and storage areas.
    • Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
    • Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels.
    • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles or auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.
    • Operate or tend automatic stacking, loading, packaging, or cutting machines.
    • Signal workers to discharge, dump, or level materials.
    • Hook tow trucks to trailer hitches and fasten attachments, such as graders, plows, rollers, or winch cables to tractors, using hitchpins.
    • Turn valves and open chutes to dump, spray, or release materials from dump cars or storage bins into hoppers.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Response Orientation

      The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.

    Knowledge
    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $33,880/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.29/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 22,000
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,530
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Manlift or personnel lift
    • Lifts
    • Forklifts
    • Forklift or elevator accessories or supplies
    • Cargo handling equipment
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Inventory management software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.