Material handlers are in charge of picking items off shelves according to customer requests and replacing the items when the shelves need stocking. They are responsible for packaging the products correctly so they are safe during transit and loading them onto trucks and other vehicles. They also monitor inventory and communicate shortages of products.
Here is a list of responsibilities that you could see on a material handler job description. Responsibilities may vary from company to company.
- Pull products and materials to fulfill orders
- Pack materials appropriately for transport utilizing provided packing materials
- Monitor inventory levels and notify ordering team when levels are low
- Receive and check order sheets, pick tickets to prepare to fulfill orders
- Organize and move stock effectively and safely utilizing pallet jacks, forklifts, etc. as necessary or signals to machine operators to move materials onto shelves, trucks, ships and loading docks
- Load and unload packages, sort contents, and catalog materials
- Document and record materials, orders, and stock location and movement
- Keep areas clean and walkways clear
- Adhere to workplace safety regulations
Here is a general list of requirements many employers have. Of course, job requirements will vary between employers.
- Possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalent
- Be able to lift heavy objects
- Have attention to detail and organization skills
- Have excellent time management skills
- Have the ability to work on your feet all day
- Be forklift certified (may vary based on position)
- Be able to communicate effectively and clearly
- Be available to work overtime and weekend shifts (may vary by position)
Overall, if you enjoy being active and on your feet, a job as a materials handler may be a great fit for you. If you think you have what it takes, click here to find warehouse jobs in your area.