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Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.   (O'Net 53-7051.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Carrier Driver, Carry All Driver, Cat Driver, Cat Operator, Cat Skinner, Cat Tender, Caterpillar Driver, Caterpillar Operator, Caterpillar Tractor Operator, Charging Car Operator, Checker Loader, Clark Driver, Diesel Tractor Operator, Dolly Driver, Drier Transfer Car Operator, Electric Car Operator, Electric Dolly Operator, Electric Lift Truck Driver, Electric Mule Driver, Electric Mule Operator, Electric Truck Driver, Electric Truck Operator, Electric Trucker, Euclid Operator, Finger Lift Operator, Fork Lift Technician, Fork Operator, Fork Truck Driver, Forklift Driver, Forklift Operator, Forklift Truck Operator, Front End Loader Operator, Front-End Loader Operator, Hauler, Heavy Machinery Operator, Hi Lift Operator, Hi Lo Driver, Hi Low Truck Driver, Hi Ranger Operator, High Lift Driver, High Lift Mule Operator, High Lift Operator, Hot Car Operator, Hydraulic Lift Driver, Hydraulic Lift Operator (Hy Lift Operator), Hyster Driver, Hyster Machine Operator, Industrial Tractor Driver, Industrial Truck Driver, Inside Trucker, Jitney Driver, Jitterbug Operator, Kiln Transfer Operator, Larry Operator, Lead Handler, Lead Loader, Lift Driver, Lift Truck Operator, Lifter Driver, Log Carrier Operator, Lumber Carrier Operator, Marsh Buggy Operator, Mold Car Pusher, Mule Operator, Package Lift Operator, Plowing Gardens, Power Mule Operator, Power Truck Driver, Quencher Operator, Quenching Car Operator, Reach-Lift Truck Driver, Ross Carrier Driver, Ross Lift Operator, Shag Truck Driver, Skidder Driver, Skidder Lever Operator, Skidder Loader, Skidder Operator, Skidder Runner, Skip Load Driver, Skip Operator, Snaker, Tractor Driver, Spotter Driver, Stacker Driver, Stacker Operator, Straddle Bug, Straddle Bug Driver, Straddle Bug Operator, Straddle Carrier Operator, Straddle Truck Driver, Straddle Truck Operator, Tier Lift Operator, Tier Truck Driver, Tow Driver, Tow Motor Driver, Tow Motor Operator, Tractor Driver, Tractor Driver Teamster, Tractor Operator, Transfer Car Operator, Travelift Operator, Truck Driver, Uke Driver, Uke Operator, Unloader Operator, Waste Transportation Technician, Wheel Loader Operator
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.86   $ 15.03   $ 17.30   $ 19.74   $ 23.40   $ 17.53  
    Yearly $26,750   $31,270   $35,990   $41,060   $48,670   $36,460  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.61   $ 16.99   $ 19.21   $ 22.48   $ 24.75   $ 19.62  
    Yearly $32,470   $35,340   $39,950   $46,750   $51,480   $40,800  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.99   $ 13.66   $ 15.97   $ 18.07   $ 19.82   $ 15.88  
    Yearly $24,930   $28,420   $33,220   $37,580   $41,230   $33,030  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.98   $ 14.31   $ 16.63   $ 19.00   $ 23.22   $ 17.09  
    Yearly $26,990   $29,770   $34,590   $39,530   $48,290   $35,550  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 864 913 0.6% 27
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Warehousing and storage 17.6%
    Administrative and support services 12.4%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 8.1%
    Food manufacturing 7.0%
    Merchant wholesalers, durable goods 7.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.
     
  • Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
     
  • Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
     
  • Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
     
  • Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels.
     
  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles or auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.
     
  • Move controls to drive gasoline- or electric-powered trucks, cars, or tractors and transport materials between loading, processing, and storage areas.
     
  • Operate or tend automatic stacking, loading, packaging, or cutting machines.
     
  • Signal workers to discharge, dump, or level materials.
     
  • Hook tow trucks to trailer hitches and fasten attachments, such as graders, plows, rollers, or winch cables to tractors, using hitchpins.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated July 2013
     


    Knowledge
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated July 2013
     


    Skills
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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated July 2013
     


    Abilities
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  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated July 2013
     


    Work Activities
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  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated July 2013
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated July 2013
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators  updated July 2013
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 
     

     
     
     
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