Freight Handler (Rail or Road)

Freight Handlers (Rail or Road) load and unload freight trucks, containers and rail cars.

Overview

Freight Handlers (Rail or Road) load and unload freight trucks, containers and rail cars.

Day-to-day

  • labels goods with customers' details and destinations
  • loads goods into trucks, containers and rail wagons, and secures loads
  • ties down loads and covers them with tarpaulins
  • guides truck drivers into loading bays and through confined spaces
  • performs clerical functions to record and check cargo on arrival, storage and dispatch
  • opens and closes hatches and secures cargo to prevent shifting during voyages
  • transfers loads using moving equipment and directs equipment operations using communication systems.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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Moderate

To become a Freight Handler (Rail or Road)

  • You can work as a Freight Handler (Rail or Road) without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in transport and logistics (rail operations), road transport (freight handler) or warehousing operations might be helpful.

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