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Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators

Also called: Fork Truck Driver, Forklift Driver, Forklift Operator, Truck Driver

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling; Aviation Ordnanceman; Equipment Operator

What they do:
Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.
On the job, you would:
  • Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.
  • Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
  • Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Inventory management software
  • Argos Software ABECAS Insight WMS
  • ATMS StockTrack PLUS
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Aldata G.O.L.D. software
  • SSA Global Supply Chain Management
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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