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How to Become a

Forklift Operator

Also Known as:
Back Hoe Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Operator (EO), Heavy Equipment Operator, Machine Operator, Operating Engineer, Forklift Operator, Hot Mix Asphalt Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Track Hoe Operator

What is a

Forklift Operator

A Forklift Operator is a manufacturing professional who uses machinery to move and transport heavy materials around warehouses, factories, storage sites or construction sites. Part of job as a Forklift Operator in a warehouse or storage facility might be to track inventory and record notes about shipments. They should be comfortable making small engine repairs as well. When work as a Forklift Operator, there may be some hazards in dealing with the machinery and the objects that you'll be transporting. Overnight shifts and extended hours are common. Forklift Operators typically work under the direction of supply chain managers or warehouse managers. They load cargo onto large pallets that are designed with spaces for the forklift’s prongs to insert and remain in place while lifting and moving.
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Why Become

Forklift Operator

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
402,400
2028:
441,000
Percent Change:
10%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
52,500

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Operation and Control Operation Monitoring Coordination Equipment Maintenance Time Management
Technical Skills:
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Inventory management software Materials requirements planning logistics Office suite software Spreadsheet software

What Will You Do as a

Forklift Operator

Update job related knowledge or skills. Position construction or extraction equipment. Monitor construction operations. Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials. Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed. Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement. Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning. Maintain construction tools or equipment. Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
402,400
professionals
2028:
441,000
professionals
Percent Change:
10%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
52,500

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$50,370
$38,350
$50,370
$60,840

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
20
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
52
%
Some College, but No Degree
20
%
Associate's Degree
5
%
Bachelor's Degree
3
%
Masters Degree
0
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
0
%

Common Past Positions

Machine Operator Warehouse Associate Material Handler General Laborer Delivery Driver Production Worker

Common Next Positions

Machine Operator Forklift Operational Manager Warehouse Supervisor Production Manager CNC Operator
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