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Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

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Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.

    Work Activities
    • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.
    • Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
    • Stack cargo in locations, such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.
    • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.
    • Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
    • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.
    • Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.
    • Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers, so they can be loaded.
    • Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.
    • Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.
    • Adjust controls to guide, position, or move equipment, such as cranes, booms, or cameras.
    • Guide loads being lifted to prevent swinging.
    • Wash out cargo containers or storage areas.
    • Pack containers and re-pack damaged containers.
    • Carry needed tools or supplies from storage or trucks and return them after use.
    • Shovel material, such as gravel, ice, or spilled concrete, into containers or bins or onto conveyors.
    • Connect electrical equipment to power sources so that it can be tested before use.
    • Carry out general yard duties, such as performing shunting on railway lines.
    • Rig or dismantle props or equipment, such as frames, scaffolding, platforms, or backdrops, using hand tools.
    • Adjust or replace equipment parts, such as rollers, belts, plugs, or caps, using hand tools.
    • Bundle and band material such as fodder or tobacco leaves, using banding machines.
    Skills
    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Static Strength

      The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

    • 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.

    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

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

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $28,440/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $13.67/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 111,620
    • Yearly Projected Openings 16,350
    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:
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Wrapping machinery
    • Skid steer loaders
    • Pallet trucks
    • Forklifts
    • Dollies
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Inventory management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.