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Forklift Operations

Material moving machine operators use machinery to transport various objects.


In warehouses, most material moving machine operators use forklifts and conveyor belts. Wireless sensors and tags are increasingly used to keep track of merchandise, allowing operators to locate them faster. Some operators also check goods for damage. These operators usually work closely with hand laborers and material movers.

Many operators work for underground and surface mining companies. They help to dig or expose the mine, remove the earth and rock, and extract coal, ore, and other mined materials.

In construction, material moving machine operators remove earth to clear space for buildings. Some work on a building site for the entire length of the construction project. For example, certain material moving machine operators help to construct highrise buildings by transporting materials to workers far above ground level.

All material moving machine operators are responsible for the safe operation of their equipment or vehicle.

Career Opportunities:

  • Industrial tractor

Employment Outlook:

Employment of material moving machine operators is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024.


The average wage is $23.81 hourly or $49,530 annually.


Location and Hours:

  • D.A. Dorsey Technical College (Certificate – 25 Hours)