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Occupation Description:
  Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location. Excludes “Logging Equipment Operators" (45-4022).
Career Video:
  Video Icon  Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
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Typical Tasks:
  • Move controls to drive gasoline- or electric-powered trucks, cars, or tractors and transport materials between loading, processing, and storage areas.
  • Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.
  • Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles or auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.
  • Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels.
  • Operate or tend automatic stacking, loading, packaging, or cutting machines.
  • Signal workers to discharge, dump, or level materials.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed..
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
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Education & Training:
  Short-term on-the-job training (short demonstration up to one month)
Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $40,830.00 $19.63 $14.57 $15.48 - $22.81
Bridgeport/Stamford $46,181.00 $22.20 $16.43 $17.95 - $26.65
Danbury $42,042.00 $20.21 $15.04 $15.90 - $24.61
Hartford $44,034.00 $21.16 $15.64 $16.40 - $26.52
New Haven $39,146.00 $18.82 $16.09 $16.26 - $19.59
New London/Norwich $41,354.00 $19.88 $15.46 $16.40 - $22.80
Waterbury $32,143.00 $15.46 $11.33 $11.94 - $18.32
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Occupation Outlook:
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 2,410 2,690 1% 87
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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