Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
SOC: 53-7051.00

Description:

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
530,900 employed

Projected (2024):
543,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate 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


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job 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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Move controls to drive gasoline- or electric-powered trucks, cars, or tractors and transport materials between loading, processing, and storage areas.
  • 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.
  • Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles or auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.
  • Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels.
  • 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.
  • Turn valves and open chutes to dump, spray, or release materials from dump cars or storage bins into hoppers.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Banding equipment
  • Belt conveyors
  • Booms
  • Bridgeplates
  • Bulk liquid trucks
  • Cantilever trucks
  • Combination vacuum lifts
  • Container reach stackers
  • Container top handlers
  • Counterbalanced front/side loader lift trucks
  • Crane attachments
  • Dockboards
  • Dollies
  • Extended-reach forklifts
  • Flatbed trailers
  • Fork-grapples
  • Forklifts
  • Forktrucks
  • High-lift order picker trucks
  • Hustlers
  • Industrial crane trucks
  • Jacks
  • Lift beams
  • Lift trucks
  • Lifting clamps
  • Metal dump hopper attachments
  • Motorized hand trucks
  • On-board computers for sending/receiving instructions
  • Overhead hoists
  • Pallet trucks
  • Personal computers
  • Personnel and burden carriers
  • Platform lift trucks
  • Reach rider trucks
  • Reach stackers
  • Reach type outrigger trucks
  • Rider trucks
  • Rough terrain forklifts
  • Scoops
  • Shovel attachments
  • Shrink wrap machines
  • Sliding boom forklifts
  • Snowplows
  • Straddle carriers
  • Straight-mast forklifts
  • Swivel hooks
  • Tank trailers
  • Telescopic forklifts
  • Top loaders
  • Wheel chocks
  • Aldata G.O.L.D. software
  • Argos Software ABECAS Insight WMS
  • ATMS StockTrack PLUS
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • BarControl Enterprise Manager iBEM
  • IntelliTrack Warehouse Management System WMS
  • Inventory management software
  • Lilly Software Associates VISUAL DCMS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Midland Information Systems inventory management software
  • Motek Priya
  • RedPrairie DLx Warehouse
  • SAP software
  • SAP warehouse management software
  • SSA Global Supply Chain Management


  • transportation and material moving


    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160