Industrial Truck Operator

Drive industrial trucks equipped with lifting devices.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Industrial Truck Operators do?

Drives gasoline-, liquefied gas-, or electric-powered industrial truck equipped with lifting devices, such as forklift, boom, scoop, lift beam and swivel-hook, fork-grapple, clamps, elevating platform, or trailer hitch, to push, pull, lift, stack, tier, or move products, equipment, or materials in warehouse, storage yard, or factory: Moves levers and presses pedals to drive truck and control movement of lifting apparatus. Positions forks, lifting platform, or other lifting device under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, boxes, products, or materials or hooks tow trucks to trailer hitch, and transports load to designated area. Unloads and stacks material by raising and lowering lifting device. May inventory materials on work floor, and supply workers with materials as needed. May weigh materials or products and record weight on tags, labels, or production schedules. May load or unload materials onto or off of pallets, skids, or lifting device. May lubricate truck, recharge batteries, fill fuel tank, or replace liquefied-gas tank. May be designated according to article moved as Lead Loader; process in which involved as Stripper Truck Operator; or type of truck operated as Electric-Truck-Crane Operator; Fork-Lift-Truck Operator; Tier-Lift-Truck Operator. May be designated: Burnt-Lime Drawer; Casting Trucker; Electric-Freight-Car Operator; Electric-Truck Operator; Gasoline-Truck Operator; Metal-Storage Worker; Package-Lift Operator.

Should I be an Industrial Truck Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Burnt-Lime Drawer, Electric Lift Truck Driver, Electric-Truck-Crane Operator, Electric Truck Driver, Electric Trucker See More

    How to Become an
    Industrial Truck Operator

    Most Industrial Truck Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jaaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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