Fork lift drivers use fork lifts to move materials around, in, and out of a warehouse.

Are you perfectly comfortable maneuvering large vehicles? Do you like spending time around cars and trucks? As a fork lift driver, you’ll spend your days driving a fork lift and transporting materials around the warehouse. You’ll need patience and focus, and a good sense of how your vehicle works.

Fork lift drivers often help to load and unload the vehicles, so you’ll need to be able to lift heavy weights. Good eyesight is another requirement, because warehouses and other work environments will be filled with people and other pieces of equipment that you’ll need to watch out for. You’ll need to remember and follow the correct safety procedures in order to keep everybody, including yourself, safe.

Your job will include moving everything from raw materials to finished, packaged products. If your vehicle malfunctions, you’ll know what went wrong and the best way to fix it. You’ll report to a warehouse manager and a shipping and receiving clerk, and you’ll work with materials handlers and sorters to make sure every item is in its place.

Most employers offer on-the-job training, so a good sense of focus and hard work will make you stand out as a job candidate. Previous experience is an even bigger bonus.

Also Known As:

Fork Lift Technician, Fork Truck Driver, Forklift Operator, Lift Truck Operator

Critical Skills


  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Monitor Machine Operation


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Equipment Selection
  • Health and Safety
  • Judgement
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
  • Operation and Control
  • Repairing
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices to transport material
  • Inspect product load for accuracy
  • Safely move load around the facility
  • Manually or mechanically load or unload materials
  • Position lifting devices and secure material or products for transport to designated areas
  • Weigh and record materials
  • Maintain and clean vehicles or auxiliary equipment
  • Drive gasoline- or electric-powered vehicles and transport materials between loading, processing, and storage areas
  • Operate automatic stacking, loading, packaging, or cutting machines
  • Signal workers to discharge, dump, or level materials
  • Hook tow trucks to trailer hitches and fasten attachments using hitchpins

Special Requirements

  • Physical Dexterity
  • Physical Strength


  • Cars/Vehicles

How to get this job

No special skills needed, apply to warehouse or manufacturing facilities.

Next Steps for this job

Clean driving record, drug free, heavy equipment (farm) experience helpful.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.