Warehouse News

  • Published on April 13, 2011

    Material Handler Job Description

    By JobsInWarehouse.com

    Materials handlers work in shipping, receiving, stocking and delivery of parts, supplies and products in an organization. The materials department in an organization ensures the flow of materials through the supply chain. Manufacturing companies, warehouses, retail stores and wholesalers all use materials handlers to move merchandise and materials through the company from shipments in to the company to the production floor and shipments on its way to customers.

    The function of the materials handlers is to technique parts through the organization. Workers in this area handle a variety of materials and products. Parts and materials may be expensive or dangerous in some cases.

    Materials handlers load and unload materials in warehouses and storage facilities. Materials may be moved from trucks, trains and other transport equipment.

    They also get materials in to an organization and confirm materials against invoices to make positive the accuracy of the delivery. Materials handlers count or weigh parts to check quantity accuracy. Workers contact the seller when shipment is inaccurate to rectify the discrepancy.

    Handlers pick parts for shipment and package according to shipping procedures. They fill out the appropriate paperwork to ship the product.

    Materials handlers perform transactions in the stock process to enter new quantities and, in the work of shipping transactions, to remove stock from stock.

    Stockroom workers issue materials to departments in the organization on request. This involves transacting stock quantities to the department and delivering the parts to the work area. The worker monitors the stockroom stock and reports discrepancies in quantities to supervisors.

    Workers may use material moving equipment such as pallet jacks, forklifts and dollies to bring products and materials to an appropriate location.

    Materials handlers must be able to work in a physically demanding role. The work involves long hours standing and bending. Heavy lifting is also necessary in some materials handlers positions.

    Basic math and computer skills are necessary for the position of materials handlers. Knowledge of the stock database used in an organization is helpful, but workers may learn on the job.

    Employers may certify materials handlers on the safe use of forklifts and other material moving equipment.

    Employers require a high school schooling for an entry-level materials handler position. Workers can advance to a supervisory role with an advanced schooling.

    The median wage for a material handler is $26,975 as of November 2009, according to Wage.com. Materials handlers salaries depend on the size of the organization and the experience of the worker.

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