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Sample forklift operator job description

[Company X] relies on the accurate and efficient distribution of products to over 100 million consumers worldwide, and heavy lifting behind the scenes helps to power our success. We’re currently seeking a forklift operator who has experience with heavy machinery and a strong record of safety in a physically demanding role. The main responsibilities are locating, moving, stacking, and tracking heavy materials, and the job may include filling orders and interacting with customers in various settings.

Objectives of this role

  • Operate a variety of highly sophisticated packing machines and adhere to strict production schedules
  • Work as part of a team to load and unload materials
  • Evaluate systems and processes to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Comply with company policies and legal guidelines, and help maintain a safe, orderly work environment
  • Meet the performance standards for production and quality assurance
  • Report safety hazards, quality concerns, and production issues to a manager as soon as they occur


  • Pick, pack, check, and load products accurately on/off trailers and to/from designated areas of facility
  • Move materials around facility using pallets and crates
  • Stack loads in correct storage bays, following inventory-control instructions
  • Complete forms and handle documentation
  • Inspect machinery to determine need for repairs, and ensure safety by performing regular maintenance
  • Maintain accurate production records and reports of issues

Required skills and qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Certification to operate forklifts (ex: OSHA in the US)
  • Experience working with heavy machinery
  • Strong abilities in mechanical testing and implementation
  • Ability to handle heavy equipment and perform heavy lifting on a consistent basis

Preferred skills and qualifications
  • Language fluency (speaking, reading, writing) for location of employment
  • Ability to understand codes and fill out forms correctly