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Career Details :: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Hooks tow trucks to trailer hitches and fastens attachments, such as graders, plows, rollers, and winch cables, to tractor, using hitch pins.
- Signals workers to discharge, dump, or level materials.
- Moves controls to drive gasoline- or electric-powered trucks, cars, or tractors and transport materials between loading, processing, and storage areas.
- Positions lifting device under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, and boxes, and secures material or products for transport to designated areas.
- Moves levers and controls to operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams and swivel-hooks, hoists, and elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, and stack material.
- Manually loads or unloads materials onto or off pallets, skids, platforms, cars, or lifting devices.
- Weighs materials or products and records weight and other production data on tags or labels.
- Turns valves and opens chutes to dump, spray, or release materials from dump cars or storage bins into hoppers.
- Operates or tends automatic stacking, loading, packaging, or cutting machines.
- Performs routine maintenance on vehicles and auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.
- Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
- Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
- Railroad Yard Workers
- Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
General Work Activities
- Operating Vehicles or Equipment
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Repairing & Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Frustrating Circumstances