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Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators - 53-7051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Checker Loader
  • Fork Lift Technician
  • Fork Truck Driver
  • Forklift Driver
  • Forklift Operator
  • Lift Truck Operator
  • Shag Truck Driver
  • Spotter Driver
  • Tow Motor Operator
  • Truck Driver

SOC Occupation Groups

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
53-7000 Material Moving Workers
53-7050 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
53-7051.00 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Related Occupations


  • Hook tow trucks to trailer hitches and fasten attachments, such as graders, plows, rollers, or winch cables to tractors, using hitchpins.
  • Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
  • Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
  • 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.
  • Operate or tend automatic stacking, loading, packaging, or cutting machines.
  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles or auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.
  • Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
  • Signal workers to discharge, dump, or level materials.
  • Turn valves and open chutes to dump, spray, or release materials from dump cars or storage bins into hoppers.
  • Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean vehicles or vehicle components.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
  • Inspect cargo areas for cleanliness or condition.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition.
  • Mark materials or objects for identification.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate packing or other material processing equipment.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Position material handling equipment.
  • Secure cargo.
  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Vehicle Recovery Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Front-End Loader Operator
  • Hot-Car Operator
  • Industrial-Truck Operator
  • Kiln-Transfer Operator
  • Larry Operator
  • Straddle-Truck Operator
  • Tractor Operator
  • Transfer-Car Operator
  • Transfer-Car Operator, Drier
  • Yard Worker