3 Crucial Skills for Anyone Applying to Be a Forklift Operator

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Crucial Forklift Operator Skills


Star Staffing is looking for a forklift operator with experience in operating forklift trucks to load and unload materials and deliveries, and move loads to and from storage areas, machines, and loading docks. It’s a job that plays a vital role in industrial, manufacturing, and construction facilities, which require fast and efficient movement of goods to meet deadlines and customer needs.

If you ask most employment agencies about the key requirements for any forklift operator, you’ll probably be answered with “steady nerves” and a “focus on workplace safety.” True enough, forklift operators face tough demands and real danger, which is why candidates should have extensive training and a specific set of skills before applying for the job.

  1. Experience with Operating Forklifts

 A potential employer may use a certain type of forklift in their facility. Forklifts may vary in size, cab type, fuel type; if you have experience dealing with the specific kind of machinery used in an employer’s facility, it should make your resume more attractive.

Of course, forklift operating skills are transferable to some extent, so don’t worry if you’ve only handled one type of forklift all your life. In any case, OSHA requirements state that employers should provide training to all new forklift operators – even those with prior experience.

  1. Math Skills

 Forklift operators don’t just move loads to and from one area of the facility. You will be expected to calculate load weight, bills of lading, freight quotes with pricing estimates and adjustments. At the very least, you should have math abilities at the eighth grade level to perform these functions.

  1. Skill with Using Computerized Inventory Processes

 Forklift operators are also expected to be able to use (or learn to use) automated and computerized solutions for inventory management. It’s highly likely that you will be required to assist in physical inventories and enterprise resource programs to maintain inventory records and reports to ensure tight inventory control and stock rotation.

It goes without saying that forklift operators need to be reliable, given their key position in a company’s supply chain. If you’re interested in applying for this role, contact the staffing services specialists of Star Staffing to discuss your application!

3 thoughts on “3 Crucial Skills for Anyone Applying to Be a Forklift Operator

  1. Providing training to those with prior experience is very important; even if they’re very skilled, there still might be things they have forgotten or they might only have experience with one type of forklift. Great guide, thanks for sharing!

  2. This is great information. And thanks for the safety tips.
    In terms of forklift, I totally agree with this “Slow and steady wins the race and keeps everyone safe.” 🙂

  3. This is completely true. People also looking to get forklift licensed should use a proper guide in doing so.
    Forklift Licensing

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