Female driving a forklift to pick up a large stack of timber at a timber manufacturing facility.

Forklift Driver

Operate forklifts to move heavy materials, containers, crates and other large objects.

Overview

Forklift drivers operate vehicles that have a lifting platform for raising up and stacking heavy objects such as pallets, bales, crates, containers or cartons.

Work is in warehouses, factories, timber yards and shipping terminals, as well as construction sites

Suits people who are reliable, have an awareness of occupational and public safety and have good hand-eye coordination.

Day-to-day

  • operate forklift controls to stack and unstack items and move goods to designated areas
  • operate forklifts which run on rails or use electronic guidance systems
  • ensure goods are stored in correct areas so that they can be easily found
  • inspect forklift equipment to identify wear and damage
  • perform minor repairs and adjustments to forklifts
  • ensure forklift loads are stable and safe
  • fill in paperwork, such as delivery forms, and record the movement of goods.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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$1,113 / week
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