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What Is a Truck Unloader and How to Become One

What Does a Truck Unloader Do?

A truck unloader unloads and moves product in a distribution center, warehouse, or other industrial facility and ensures appropriate management of all shipping items. As a laborer, you often use a pallet jack or forklift to both load and unload freight from trucks, handle heavy product loads, and you must remain aware of all incoming and outgoing shipments, that they are handled appropriately, and on-time. Other duties include checking work orders and comparing them to shipments received to ensure there are no discrepancies, alerting your manager of anything unusual. You take all products off each truck, check and handle them with care, transport most to storage areas, stacking them correctly. You also help other employees find the products they need to ship and add proper labeling to outgoing packages such as shipping addresses or expiry dates. Additional responsibilities include maintaining a database and updating all relevant paperwork throughout the day.

What Are the Skills and Requirements to Become a Truck Unloader?

Qualifications to become a truck unloader include a high school diploma or GED certificate and experience packing and shipping orders. This position is physically oriented, so it is necessary to be physically fit and able to be on your feet your entire shift. You should be licensed to operate a forklift and have the ability to use a pallet jack. You must be detail-oriented and closely follow production schedules, be flexible, willing to learn, and possess time management skills. Some positions require the ability to lift 75 pounds, occasional overtime availability, and you may be expected to pass a drug test and a background check.