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Did you know that forklift operators remain in demand, despite uncertainty in the current job market? In fact, the job boards are filled with forklift operator vacancies in a variety of industries to choose from.

Do you have what it takes to thrive at this in-demand career?

Job Responsibilities

As a forklift operator in Ontario, you are responsible for the relocation of materials to a designated storage area. Because of the variety of work environments and the number of positions available, you can choose the job that’s best for you. And some industries, such as construction sites, warehouses and airports require forklift operators around the clock to keep their businesses moving.

In addition, forklift operators also can be expected to:

  • Unload and load goods from aircraft or vehicles
  • Relocate crates or pallets within a storage facility
  • Stack goods or materials in the appropriate bays
  • Adhere to stock rotation instructions
  • Ensure loads are secure
  • Count supplies and report any reduced or diminishing quantities
  • Wrap materials in preparation for shipment
  • Check delivery receipts and outbound cargos
  • Advocate safety and maintain an orderly work environment

Types of Forklifts

As a forklift operator, you may work on any of the following types of forklifts:

  • Counterbalance
  • Hand pallet trucks
  • Telescopic handlers
  • Side loading trucks
  • Reach trucks

Hours per Week

Typical full-time hours can range between 35 hours and 42 hours per week. Shift work is common for forklift operators, and overtime is often available.

Working Environment

As a forklift operator, you will generally work inside, in a warehouse or factory environment, or outside, in an airport, port, or yard.

Salary

Depending on experience, salary is usually within the $15 – $20 per hour range.

Skills, Abilities, and Interests

The best forklift operators have:

  • A mature and responsible approach to work
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • The ability to judge heights and distances, and assess weight
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety issues

Opportunities

Forklift operators are in demand in a wide assortment of retail stores, warehouses and factories, building supply companies, airports, and depots.

With enthusiasm, experience and a good work record, a promotion to supervisor or team leader could be in your future. And with additional training, forklift operators can become forklift instructors or maintenance engineers.

If you’re looking for work as a forklift operator, search for the word “forklift” on our job board. You’ll find employment opportunities ranging from forklift operator, terminal operator, yard labourers and more all across Ontario in places like Emerson, Welland, or Burlington.

If you think you have what it takes to become a forklift operator, contact the forklift specialists at Employment Professionals Canada today. Your next great opportunity is waiting for you.


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