Module 5

Forklift Opportunities

Training Module 5 – What Opportunities Exist for Forklift Operators?

Now that we are going through all of the safety and technical aspects of operating a forklift, what opportunities exist as being a forklift operator? We explore current jobs available, salary expectations as well as future growth as a forklift operator.
Salary Expectations

On average, a forklift operator with under five years professional work experience can expect to earn anything between R60, 000 to R120, 000 per year. (Stats from
This can however differ depending on work performance, company field as well as company income.

In general forklift operators who have 10 years of professional work experience or more tend to move on in their career to various positions of management.
Job Opportunities

There are many listings for job opportunities as a forklift operator both in South Africa and abroad.
The following are examples of requirements from various job listings for forklift operators and forklift drivers:

1 – High Reach Forklift Operators required for Wetherill Park Packaging Company on an ongoing basis.
This role will include Forklift Operation, at least 2 years High Reach Experience is necessary. It will also include general labouring, rf scanning and pick/packing.
In order to be successful you will have a consistent work history and have a good attitude towards work.

2 – The role as worklift operator will involve wrapping productions, loading/unloading on to trucks, collating orders, forklift operation and other duties as required.
In order to be considered for this position, you should possess the following:
Valid driver’s licence
Some forklift experience is desirable
Warehousing experience
Strong, fit and healthy and able to load/unload off trucks
Ability to start ASAP
Ability to pass a drug & alcohol test
Strong initiative and work ethic, with the ability to ‘find’ work with little supervision

3 – Clamp Forklift Operator, Propane Clamp Forklift Operator – Growing Logistics Company seeks 30 Propane Clamp Forklift Operators to work at their facility in Elwood, IL. You will be using a forklift or manually loading and unloading trucks, picking and scanning orders, and wrapping pallets of boxes for shipment.

Two Shifts are available. Choose your shift:

1st Shift: 7 AM – 3:30 PM
2nd Shift: 3:30 PM – MIDNIGHT

To be considered, you must have:
At least 2 years of clamp forklift operating experience.
Reliable transportation.
Authorized to work in the United States.
The ability to consistently lift up to 50 lbs.

Explore the opportunities
We suggest compiling a detailed Curriculum Vitae and contact various recruitment agencies in your area who specialize in warehouse and construction jobs. Compile all of your education and experience in a very clear and easy to read manner. Spend time online researching job listings to find the ones that match your work experience and education range and apply. Remember to only apply for positions that you qualify for in terms of the company requirements.

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