Forklift operators operate vehicles that have a lifting platform for shifting and stacking heavy articles such as pallets, bales, crates, containers or cartons.
What do Forklift Operators do?
- Maintain forklifts.
- Operate forklifts in warehouses, construction sites and wharves.
- Ensure forklift loads are stable and safe.
- Fill in paperwork, such as delivery forms, and electronically record the movement of goods.
Skills and knowledge
- good driving skills.
- thorough understanding of the operation and limitations of a forklift.
- ability to judge distances, weights and volumes.
- knowledge of the code of practice for forklift operators, including health and safety regulations.
- knowledge of the fuel requirements of different forklifts including diesel, LPG, CNG (compressed natural gas) and battery-operated models.
- Forklift Operator Certificate. The certificate shows that you have been trained according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's code of practice.
- To operate a heavy forklift, you need to have a Class 2 driver's license.
- To operate a forklift on a road or in a public space, you must have a Class 1 driver's license with a forklift (F) endorsement.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a forklift operator, but employers usually prefer you to have NCEA Level 1 with Maths and English.
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