Loader Operator

Drive huge machines that move heavy loads around industrial areas.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Loader Operators do?

As a Loader Operator, you control and drive rubber-tired, tractor-type industrial vehicles that lift and move materials from one location to another. You typically work in manufacturing, industrial, or construction settings, keeping things moving by ensuring that materials make it to their next destination.

For example, when working in a factory setting as a Loader Operator, you move the materials needed to make a widget from storage to the widget-making machine. Then after the widget is created, you move the finished product to the packaging area. Once it’s packaged, you, the Loader Operator, then move it to the shipping department.

Mechanical skills and an understanding of basic driving practices are mandatory for this position, as you’re responsible for starting the loader, shifting gearings, operating pedals, and steering. Also, the routine maintenance and care of the loader fall under your umbrella. Lubricating, fueling, and cleaning the loader are necessary to ensure longevity and proper operation.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are beneficial in this position as well, as you work cooperatively with others to keep the flow of business going. Observing all safety requirements of the environment (watching for other people, machines, and equipment) and following protocol for accidents are crucial elements of the job. Physical strength and stamina are required too, as you should expect to climb, walk, stand, push, and lift up to 50 pounds regularly throughout your shift.


Should I be a Loader Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Delimber Operator, Forder Operator, Grapple Skidder Operator, Log Carrier Operator, Log Processor Operator See More

    How to become a Loader Operator

    Most Loader 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:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2890%25%29|certificate+%2810%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,90,90
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