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Ontario businesses need traffic controllers. Despite instability in some areas of the job market, forklift operators remain in demand. A quick search of our job board and you’ll find traffic controller and other forklift positions that offer variety to help you find your dream job. Want to work full time? Prefer part time? Just looking to supplement your income with some on-call work? Then forklift operator positions are just what you’ve been looking for.

Job Responsibilities

Working as a traffic controller or forklift operator in Ontario you’ll be responsible for materials relocation; delivering the goods to an allocated storage area. Because of the number of positions available and the vast diversity of work environments you can select the job that is perfect for you and your lifestyle. Hate 9-to-5? Some industries, including warehouses, construction sites and airports, need forklift operators 24 hours a day to meet customer demand.

Typically, forklift operators are required to:

  • Load and unload goods and materials from vehicles or aircraft
  • Move pallets or crates within the work environment
  • Successfully maintain stock rotation schedule
  • Make sure all loads are secure at all times
  • Load goods and materials in appropriate loading or stacking bays
  • Maintain adequate supply levels (reporting reduced or diminishing supplies)
  • Wrap materials as necessary to ensure safe shipment
  • Verify all outbound cargo quantities and delivery receipts
  • Advocate workplace safety maintaining order in the work environment

Different Types of Forklifts

Working as a forklift operator, you could work on a variety of forklift types, including:

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

Work Schedule

Working full time you can expect to work between 35 hours and 42 hours each week. Shift work is commonplace for forklift operators. And if you’re looking to increase your bank account, over time is frequently available.

Forklift Working Environment

Forklift operators either work inside, in a factory or warehouse environment, or outside, in port, airport or yard.

Salary Range for Forklift Operators

Salary is commensurate with experience, but you can expect to earn somewhere in the range of $15 – $20 per hour.

Additional Interests, Skills and Abilities

Top forklift operators will possess the following:

  • A responsible, mature attitude
  • Capability to work effectively and efficiently
  • Sound hand-eye coordination
  • The ability assesses weight, judge distances and accurately estimate heights
  • Understanding and knowledge of health and safety workplace issues

Opportunities

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

With experience, enthusiasm and a good work ethic, getting promoted to team leader or other supervisory role is in your future. And if you’re someone interested in going even further, with extra training, you can become a forklift maintenance engineers or teach other aspiring forklift operators.

Are you looking for work as a forklift operator? Stop by our job board. Search for the word “forklift.” You’ll find an assortment of employment opportunities across Ontario, in places like Windsor, Sarnia and the Niagara region.

Do you have what it takes to become a successful forklift operator? Then reach out to Southern Ontario’s forklift specialists, Employment Professionals Canada today.


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