Straddle Truck Operator

Drive four-wheeled vehicles that carry loads of materials.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Straddle Truck Operators do?

Drives four-wheeled vehicle that carries loads of materials beneath its elevated frame for short hauls within or near plant: Starts vehicle and drives astride load of materials, such as lumber, bundled sheet metal, cased citrus juice, or empty skids. Pushes and pulls levers to raise and lower lifting mechanism equipped with hook, or to control hydraulic systems equipped with clamps that grasp, lift, and hold material or products for transport to designated area. Drives machine to specified delivery point, and moves levers to lower load to ground. Makes minor adjustments to vehicle. When conveying lumber, may be designated Lumber-Carrier Driver.

Should I be a Straddle Truck Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Fork Truck Driver, Gasoline-Truck Operator, Hi Low Truck Driver, Lift Truck Operator, Power Truck Driver See More

    How to become a Straddle Truck Operator

    Most Straddle 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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