Occupation Profile for Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Forklift Operators

Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other unskilled general labor. Often use forklift equipment. Includes all unskilled manual laborers not elsewhere classified.

 
 

Significant Points

  • Despite little or no change in employment, job openings should be plentiful because these occupations are very large and numerous openings will be created to replace workers who leave them.
  • Most jobs require little work experience or training.
  • Pay is low, and the seasonal nature of the work may reduce earnings.

 

 
 
Overview
$21,220.00 Median Annual Wage 82,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
10.0 Average Unemployment Percentage 71.6 Percentage That Completed High School
2,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 23.8 Percentage That Had Some College
2,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 4.5 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Air and Water Filler
Aluminum Can Collector
Ash Collector
Ash Handler
Ash Pit Worker
Ash Worker
Assembler, Bellows
Assorter
B and B Gang Worker
Bag Boy
Bag Turner
Bag Worker
Baggageman
Bagger
Bale Opener
Bale Piler
Bale Stacker
Banana Carrier
Banana Handler
Banana Loader
Bandoleer Straightener Stamper
Barrel Handler
Barrel Loader
Barrow Worker
Basin Cleaner
Battery Charger
Battery Stacker
Beef Selector
Billet Straightener
Billet Worker
Bleeder
Blender Laborer
Blind Cleaner
Block Piler
Block Stacker
Bolt Loader
Boom Storage
Bottomer
Box Car Bracer
Box Car Loader
Box Worker
Boxer
Bridge Gang Worker
Bridge Maintainer
Buggyman
Bulk Loader
Bull-Gang Worker
Bundle Collector
Bundle Helper
Bundler
Cable Puller
Caddy
Cager
Canvas Shrinker
Car Blocker
Car Bracer
Car Dumper Operator Helper
Car Hop
Car Icer
Car Knocker
Car Loader
Car Packer
Car Pincher
Car Pre-Cooler
Car Storer
Car Stower
Car Unloader
Car Worker
Carboy Filler
Cargo Bracer
Cargo Handler
Cargo Station Worker
Cargo Trimmer
Cargo Worker
Carry Out Clerk and Shelf Stocker
Cart Attendant
Cart Pusher
Casting Chipper
Casting House Laborer
Chainer
Chopper
Chute Loader
Circus Hand
Circus Laborer
Circus Roustabout
Clay Carrier
Clerk, Stocking, Stocks Shelves, or Delivery
Coal Bagger
Coal Carrier
Coal Chute Worker
Coal Hiker
Coal Loader
Coal Passer
Coal Shoveler
Coal Trimmer
Coal Wheeler
Coke Worker
Cokeman
Collector
Commissary Assistant
Connie Cleaner
Connie Scratcher
Container Maker
Cooler Man
Cooler Worker
Core Finisher
Corn Detasseler
Cotton Baler
Cotton Jammer
Courtesy Clerk
Cream Dumper
Curb Attendant
Customer Service Representative
Dairy Hand
Dairy Worker
Defroster
Delivery Driver
Detasseler
Disassembler
Dismantler
Distillery Laborer
Distillery Worker
Ditch Cleaner
Ditch Worker
Dock Hand
Dock Worker
Dockworker
Dolly Pusher
Dollyman
Drawer
Dresser
Driver
Dry Kiln Worker
Dumper
Egg Separator
Engine Monitor
Engine Watchman
Feed Handler
Ferryboat Operator Helper
Fertilizer Loader
Filling Carrier
Filling Hand
Filling Hauler
Film Loader
Firewood Cutter
Flapper
Flask Carrier
Flask Handler
Flask Pusher
Fleet Service Agent
Floor Attendant
Floorhand
Floorperson
Floorperson, Material Handler
Floorperson, Stock Handler
Fly Worker
Flyer
Food Selector
Fork Lift Operator
Forklift Driver
Foundry Hand
Freezer Unloader
Freezer Worker
Freezing Room Worker
Freight Car Loader
Freight Handler
Freight Hustler
Freight Loader
Freight Sorter
Freight Unloader
Fringer
Frozen Food Selector
Furniture Mover
Gaggerman
Gandy Dancer
Gang Leader
Gang Plank Workman
Glass Carrier
Glass Handler
Glaze Carrier
Globe Changer
Glove Former
Glove Turner
Grain Handler
Grain Scooper
Grain Shoveler
Grain Trimmer
Grave Digger
Grocery Bagger
Grocery Caddy
Grocery Carrier
Grocery Sacker
Guide
Guideman
Gum Puller
Handyman
Hangar Attendant
Hanger
Hanger Off
Hatch Tender
Helper, Delivery
Helper, Floor
Helper, Florist
Helper, Furniture Mover
Helper, Laboratory
Helper, Mover
Helper, Stock Handler, Bagger
Helper, Stockroom
Helper, Truck Driver
Helper, Van Driver
Hide Selector
Hide Shaker
Hold Worker
Hooker
Hookman
Hostler
Hot Box Operator
Houseman
Ice Maker, Skating Rink
Iceman
Icer
Installer
Iron Carrier
Iron Handler
Iron Piler
Jack
Jacket Changer
Jackman
Kiln Hand
Laborer
Laborer, Airport Maintenance
Laborer, Circus
Laborer, Concrete Mixing Plant
Laborer, Dock or Pier
Laborer, Electroplating
Laborer, Gold Leaf
Laborer, Hoisting
Laborer, Hot Plate Plywood Press
Laborer, Laundry
Laborer, Pie Bakery
Laborer, Pipelines
Laborer, Powerhouse
Laborer, Shellfish Processing
Laborer, Vat House
Laborer, Warehouse
Laborer, Wharf
Lamp Cleaner, Street Light
Laundry Laborer
Leaf Tier
Leather Roller
Lifter
Light Cleaner, Street Light
Line Palletizer, Stacking Boxes On Pallets
Line Service Attendant
Line Service Attendant, Loading, Unloading
Line Tender
Lines Tender
Loader
Loader Helper
Loader Operator
Loading Dock Hand
Locker Attendant
Locker Plant Attendant
Log Pond Worker
Log Roller
Longshoreman
Lugger
Lumber Carrier
Lumber Handler
Lumber Material Handler
Lumber Mover
Lumber Piler
Lumber Stacker
Lumber Straightener
Lumber Yard Worker
Lumberman
Lumper
Mail Handler
Material Carrier
Material Chaser
Material Handler
Material Loader
Material Mover
Meat Selector
Merchandise Carrier
Merchandise Collector
Merchandise Customer Assistant
Merchandise Pickup / Receiving Associate
Metal Grader
Metal Handler
Metal Loader
Metal Sorter
Microphone Boom Operator
Milk Handler
Mold Breaker
Mold Swabber
Motor Power Connector
Mover
Moving Worker
Mucker
Munitions Handler
Newspaper Stuffer
Odd Job Laborer
Offal Icer, Poultry
Offal Worker, Poultry
Oil Extractor
Order Filler, Linseed Oil
Ore Puncher
Oriental Rug Stretcher
Oven Loader
Package Collector
Package Handler
Package Sorter
Package Worker
Packing Floor Worker
Packing House Laborer
Paper Handler
Paper Stacker
Paper Stripper
Parcel Carrier
Parts Runner
Pattern Carrier
Piano Mover
Pig Handler
Piler
Pipe Stripper
Pipeman
Pit Shoveler
Pitcher
Platform Loader
Platform Worker
Potato Loader
Pourer
Preloader
Press Helper
Priming Mixture Carrier
Produce Clerk
Produce Runner
Prop Attendant
Prop Worker
Property Worker
Puller
Puncher
Rag Cutter
Rag Grader
Rag Sorter
Ragman
Ramp Agent
Receiver
Receiving Associate
Receiving Clerk
Recording Studio Set-Up Worker
Recording Studio Setup Worker
Refrigerator Mover
Rod Piler
Rod Straightener
Roll Carrier
Roll Wrapper
Rope Cleaner
Roustabout
Sack Cleaner
Sack Filler
Sack Lifter
Sacker
Sales Associate
Salt Lifter
Salvage Worker
Sand Car Worker
Sand Carrier
Sand Drier
Sand Mixer
Sand Screener
Sand Shoveler
Sand Wheeler
Scavenger
Scene Shifter
Scrap Carrier
Scrap Collector
Scrap Iron Loader
Scrap Picker
Screener
Seed Trucker
Selector
Service Attendant
Setter Helper
Shackler
Shaver
Sheep Sorter
Shingle Carrier
Ship Fastener
Shipping and Receiving Materials Handler
Shipping Clerk
Shore Hand, Dredge or Barge
Shoveler
Sign Poster
Skid Strapper
Skid Wrapper
Skin Piler
Slag Dumper
Slag Worker
Slip Box Changer
Snow Shoveler
Snubber
Sorter
Spike Driver
Spiker
Spreader
Stabber
Stacker
Stage Hand
Stagehand
Steel Handler
Steel Pickler
Steel Unloader
Stevedore
Stock Counter
Stock Driver
Stock Handler
Stock Mover
Stock Puller
Stock Replenisher
Stocker
Storeroom Clerk
Street Cleaner
Street Light Cleaner
Street Sweeper
Striker
Stuffer
Supplies Packer
Tandem Mill Sticker
Tar Worker
Tent Worker
Terminal Worker
Theater Technician
Tie Layer
Tie Loader
Tie Tamper
Timber Cutter
Tin Stacker
Tissue Packer
Tombstone Erector
Tombstone Setter
Tool Carrier
Tool Chaser
Track Fitter
Track Greaser
Track Sweeper
Track Walker
Track Worker
Tractor Trailer Moving Van Driver Helper
Transfer Table Operator Helper
Tree Girdler
Trestle Mainternance Laborer
Trestleman
Trimmer
Trimmer Loader
Truck Bracer
Truck Dock Material Mover
Truck Driver Helper
Truck Loader and Unloader
Truck Packer
Truck Striker
Trucker
Truckman
Unloader
Van Driver Helper
Van Loader
Vault Person
Vegetable Handler
Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Hand
Warehouse Helper
Warehouse Loader
Warehouse Selector
Warehouse Worker
Warehouseman
Warehouser
Water Attendant
Water Carrier
Waxer
Weight Shifter
Wharf Tender
Wharf Worker
Wheel Roller
Wheeler
Wood Chopper
Wood Cutter
Wood Sawyer
Wrecker
Yard Cleaner
Yard Laborer
Yard Man
Yard Person
Yardman
Yeast Pusher

Training
  • These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, pharmacy technicians, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
  • These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
  • Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a teller might benefit from experience working directly with the public, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be a teller with little difficulty.
  • Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Many material moving occupations require little or no formal training. Most training for these occupations is done on the job. For those jobs requiring physical exertion, employers may require that applicants pass a physical exam. Some employers also require drug testing or background checks.

Education and training. Material movers generally learn skills informally, on the job, from more experienced workers or their supervisors. Some employers prefer applicants with a high school diploma, but most simply require workers to be at least 18 years old and physically able to perform the work.

Workers who handle toxic chemicals or use industrial trucks or other dangerous equipment must receive specialized training in safety awareness and procedures. Many of the training requirements are standardized through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This training is usually provided by the employer. Employers also must certify that each operator has received the training and evaluate each operator at least once every 3 years.

For other operators, such as crane operators and those working with specialized loads, there are some training and apprenticeship programs available, such as that offered by the International Union of Operating Engineers. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

Licensure. Fifteen States and 6 cities have laws requiring crane operators to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include a written as well as a skills test to demonstrate that the licensee can operate a crane safely.

Certification and other qualifications. Some types of equipment operators can become certified by professional associations, such as the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, and some employers may require operators to be certified.

Material moving equipment operators need a good sense of balance, the ability to judge distances, and eye-hand-foot coordination. For jobs that involve dealing with the public, such as grocery store courtesy clerks, workers should be pleasant and courteous. Most jobs require basic arithmetic skills and the ability to read procedural manuals, to understand orders, and other billing documents. Mechanical aptitude and training in automobile or diesel mechanics can be helpful because some operators may perform basic maintenance on their equipment. Experience operating mobile equipment—such as tractors on farms or heavy equipment in the Armed Forces—is an asset. As material moving equipment becomes more advanced, workers will need to be increasingly comfortable with technology.

Advancement. In many of these occupations, experience may allow workers to qualify or become trainees for jobs such as construction trades workers; assemblers or other production workers; motor vehicle operators; or vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers. In many workplaces new employees gain experience in a material moving position before being promoted to a better paying and more highly skilled job. Some may eventually advance to become supervisors.

Nature of Work

Material moving workers are categorized into two groups—operators and laborers. Operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth, petroleum products, and other heavy materials. Generally, they move materials over short distances—around construction sites, factories, or warehouses. Some move materials onto or off of trucks and ships. Operators control equipment by moving levers, wheels, and/or foot pedals; operating switches; or turning dials. They also may set up and inspect equipment, make adjustments, and perform minor maintenance or repairs.

Laborers and hand material movers move freight, stock, or other materials by hand; clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment; feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment; and pack or package products and materials.

Material moving occupations are classified by the type of equipment they operate or the goods they handle. Each piece of equipment requires different skills, as do different types of loads. (For information on operating Engineers; paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators; and pile-driver operators, see the statement on construction equipment operators elsewhere in the Handbook.)

Industrial truck and tractor operators drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around warehouses, storage yards, factories, construction sites, or other worksites. A typical industrial truck, often called a forklift or lift truck, has a hydraulic lifting mechanism and forks for moving heavy and large objects. Industrial truck and tractor operators also may operate tractors that pull trailers loaded with materials, goods, or equipment within factories and warehouses or around outdoor storage areas.

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators tend or operate machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets to dig and load sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials into trucks or onto conveyors. Construction and mining industries employ the majority of excavation and loading machine and dragline operators. Dredge operators excavate waterways, removing sand, gravel, rock, or other materials from harbors, lakes, rivers, and streams. Dredges are used primarily to maintain navigable channels but also are used to restore wetlands and other aquatic habitats; reclaim land; and create and maintain beaches. Underground mining loading machine operators use underground loading machines to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttles and mine cars or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scrapers or scoops, and machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyors.

Crane and tower operators work mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machinery, and other heavy objects. Operators extend and retract horizontally mounted booms and lower and raise hooks attached to load lines. Most operators are guided by other workers using hand signals or a radio. Operators position loads from an onboard console or from a remote console at the site. While crane and tower operators are noticeable at office building and other construction sites, the biggest group works in primary metal, metal fabrication, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries that use heavy, bulky materials. Operators also work at major ports, loading and unloading large containers on and off ships. Hoist and winch operators control movement of cables, cages, and platforms to move workers and materials for manufacturing, logging, and other industrial operations. They work in positions such as derrick operators and hydraulic boom operators. Many hoist and winch operators are found in manufacturing or construction industries.

Pump operators tend, control, and operate pump and manifold systems that transfer gases, oil, or other materials to vessels or equipment. They maintain the equipment and regulate the flow of materials according to a schedule set up by petroleum Engineers or production supervisors. Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine-driven compressors. They transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas. Wellhead pumpers operate pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flows of oil or gas from extraction sites.

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders operate ship-loading and -unloading equipment, conveyors, hoists, and other specialized material-handling equipment such as railroad tank car-unloading equipment. They may gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks. Conveyor operators and tenders control and tend conveyor systems that move materials to or from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. Shuttle car operators run diesel or electric-powered shuttle cars in underground mines, transporting materials from the working face to mine cars or conveyors.

Laborers and hand freight, stock, and material movers manually move materials and perform other unskilled, general labor. These workers move freight, stock, and other materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, and containers. Their specific duties vary by industry and work setting. In factories, they may move raw materials or finished goods between loading docks, storage areas, and work areas, as well as sort materials and supplies and prepare them according to their work orders. Specialized workers within this group include baggage and cargo handlers—who work in transportation industries—and truck loaders and unloaders.

Hand packers and packagers manually pack, package, or wrap a variety of materials. They may inspect items for defects, label cartons, stamp information on products, keep records of items packed, and stack packages on loading docks. This group also includes order fillers, who pack materials for shipment, as well as grocery store courtesy clerks. In grocery stores, they may bag groceries, carry packages to customers’ cars, and return shopping carts to designated areas.

Machine feeders and offbearers feed materials into or remove materials from equipment or machines tended by other workers.

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment clean machinery, vehicles, storage tanks, pipelines, and similar equipment using water and cleaning agents, vacuums, hoses, brushes, cloths, or other cleaning equipment.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather refuse and recyclables from homes and businesses into their trucks for transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. They lift and empty garbage cans or recycling bins by hand or, using hydraulic lift trucks, pick up and empty dumpsters. They work along scheduled routes.

Work environment. Material moving work tends to be repetitive and physically demanding. Workers may lift and carry heavy objects and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in awkward positions. Some work at great heights and some work outdoors—regardless of weather and climate. Some jobs expose workers to fumes, odors, loud noises, harmful materials and chemicals, or dangerous machinery. To protect their eyes, respiratory systems, and hearing, these workers wear safety clothing, such as gloves, hardhats, and other safety devices such as respirators. These jobs have become much less dangerous as safety equipment—such as overhead guards on lift trucks—has become common. Accidents usually can be avoided by observing proper operating procedures and safety practices.

Material movers generally work 8-hour shifts—though longer shifts are not uncommon. In industries that work around the clock, material movers may work overnight shifts. Some do this because their employers do not want to disturb customers during normal business hours. Refuse and recyclable material collectors often work shifts starting at 5 or 6 a.m. Some material movers work only during certain seasons, such as when the weather permits construction activity.

Related Occupations

Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Earnings

Median hourly earnings of material moving workers in May 2006 were relatively low, as indicated by the following tabulation:

Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators $21.83
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 19.13
Shuttle car operators 18.78
Crane and tower operators 18.77
Loading machine operators, underground mining 17.91
Wellhead pumpers 17.38
Dredge operators 16.26
Hoist and winch operators 16.16
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 15.83
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 15.37
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 13.93
Industrial truck and tractor operators 13.11
Conveyor operators and tenders 13.09
Machine feeders and offbearers 10.88
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 10.20
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 8.68
Packers and packagers, hand 8.48
Material moving workers, all other 14.55

Wages vary according to experience and job responsibilities. Wages usually are higher in metropolitan areas. Seasonal peaks and lulls in workload can affect the number of hours scheduled which affects earnings. Some crane operators, such as those unloading containers from ships at major ports earn substantially more then their counterparts in other industries or establishments. Certified crane operators tend to have a slightly higher hourly rate than those who are not certified.

For the latest wage information:

The above wage data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey program, unless otherwise noted. For the latest National, State, and local earnings data, visit the following pages:

  • Conveyor operators and tenders
  • Crane and tower operators
  • Dredge operators
  • Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators
  • Loading machine operators, underground mining
  • Hoist and winch operators
  • Industrial truck and tractor operators
  • Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
  • Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
  • Machine feeders and offbearers
  • Packers and packagers, hand
  • Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators
  • Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers
  • Wellhead pumpers
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors
  • Shuttle car operators
  • Tank car, truck, and ship loaders
  • Material moving workers, all other
  • Job Outlook

    Job openings should be numerous because these occupations are very large and turnover is relatively high, even though little or no change in employment is expected because of automation.

    Employment change. Employment in material moving occupations is projected to decline by 1 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is considered little or no change in employment. Improvements in equipment, such as automated storage and retrieval systems and conveyors, will continue to raise productivity and moderate the demand for material movers.

    Job growth for material movers depends on the growth or decline of employing industries and the type of equipment the workers operate or the materials they handle. Employment will grow in the warehousing and storage industry as more firms contract out their warehousing functions to this industry. For example, a frozen food manufacturer may reduce its costs by outsourcing these functions to a refrigerated warehousing firm, which can more efficiently deal with the specialized storage needs of frozen food. Jobs in mining are expected to decline due to continued productivity increases within that industry. Opportunities for material movers will also decline in manufacturing due to productivity improvements and outsourcing of warehousing and other activities that depend on material movers. Job growth generally will be slower in large establishments, which can afford to invest in automated systems for their material moving needs.

    Construction is very sensitive to changes in economic conditions, so the number of job openings in this industry will fluctuate. Although increasing automation will eliminate some routine tasks, new jobs will be created by the need to operate and maintain new equipment. Additionally, firms are more likely initially to use workers when expanding their businesses as opposed to using automated systems due to the large fixed costs associated with such systems.

    Job prospects. Despite the little or no employment growth expected, job openings should be plentiful due to the fact that these occupations are very large and there will be a relatively high number of openings created by the need replace workers who transfer to other occupations or who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons—characteristic of occupations requiring little prior or formal training.

    Employment

    Material movers held 4.8 million jobs in 2006. They were distributed among the detailed occupations as follows:

    Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,416,000
    Packers and packagers, hand 834,000
    Industrial truck and tractor operators 637,000
    Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 368,000
    Machine feeders and offbearers 148,000
    Refuse and recyclable material collectors 136,000
    Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 80,000
    Conveyor operators and tenders 50,000
    Crane and tower operators 46,000
    Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 16,000
    Wellhead pumpers 14,000
    Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 11,000
    Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 4,200
    Loading machine operators, underground mining 3,100
    Hoist and winch operators 3,000
    Shuttle car operators 2,900
    Dredge operators 2,100
    Material moving workers, all other 54,000

    About 29 percent of all material movers worked in the wholesale trade or retail trade industries. Another 21 percent worked in manufacturing; 16 percent in transportation and warehousing; 4 percent in construction and mining; and 14 percent in the employment services industry, on a temporary or contract basis. For example, companies that need workers for only a few days, to move materials or to clean up a site, may contract with temporary help agencies specializing in providing suitable workers on a short-term basis. A small proportion of material movers were self-employed.

    Material movers work in every part of the country. Some work in remote locations on large construction projects such as highways and dams, while others work in factories, warehouses, or mining operations.

    Knowledge
    • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
    • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
    • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
    • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
    • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
    Skills
    • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
    • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
    • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
    • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
    • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
    Abilities
    • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
    • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
    • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
    • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
    Tasks
    • Supplemental — Wash out cargo containers and storage areas.
    • Supplemental — Guide loads being lifted to prevent swinging.
    • Core — Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
    • Supplemental — Build braces and otherwise lash and shore cargo in ships' holds to prevent shifting during voyages.
    • Supplemental — Adjust or replace equipment parts, such as rollers, belts, plugs, and caps, using hand tools.
    Activities
    • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
    • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
    • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
    • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
    • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
     
     
     
     
     

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