CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Material Handling Laborer

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
Summary Job Description Tasks
Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified. Attach identifying tags to containers, or mark them with identifying information.
Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments and material and equipment needs.
Record numbers of units handled and moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
Move freight, stock, and other materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, and containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, and other equipment.
Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
Assemble product containers and crates, using hand tools and precut lumber.
Load and unload ship cargo, using winches and other hoisting devices.
Connect hoses and operate equipment to move liquid materials into and out of storage tanks on vessels.
Pack containers and re-pack damaged containers.
Carry needed tools and supplies from storage or trucks, and return them after use.
Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.
Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.
Attach slings, hooks, and other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.
Carry out general yard duties such as performing shunting on railway lines.
Adjust controls to guide, position and move equipment such as cranes, booms, and cameras.
Guide loads being lifted to prevent swinging.
Adjust or replace equipment parts, such as rollers, belts, plugs, and caps, using hand tools.
Stack cargo in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.
Connect electrical equipment to power sources so that it can be tested before use.
Set up the equipment needed to produce special lighting and sound effects during performances.
Bundle and band material such as fodder and tobacco leaves, using banding machines.
Rig and dismantle props and equipment, such as frames, scaffolding, platforms, or backdrops, using hand tools.
Check out, rent, or requisition all equipment needed for productions or for set construction.
Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, and containers so they can be loaded.
Lay tracks for camera dollies and cranes and carry or push dollies and cranes as instructed.
Adjust controls to raise and lower scenery and stage curtains during performances, following cues.
Wash out cargo containers and storage areas.
Build braces and otherwise lash and shore cargo in ships' holds to prevent shifting during voyages.
Shovel material such as gravel, ice, or spilled concrete into containers or bins, or onto conveyors.
Erect tents and canopies to protect crews and equipment from weather.
Secure and release mooring lines of ships.
Sew canvas and other materials to make and repair tents, tarps, scrims, and backings, using sewing machines.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Inventory tracking software Inventory management software
Machine control software Industrial control software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Banding machines Wrapping machinery
Claw hanmers Hammers
Dollies Dollies
Forklifts Forklifts
Hand saws Saws
Handtrucks Hand trucks or accessories
Jacks Jacks
Lift trucks Forklifts
Lifting hooks Lifting hooks
Overhead cranes Track cranes
Pallet jacks Pallet trucks
Pallet transport trucks Pallet trucks
Personal computers Personal computers
Planes Planes
Power hoists Hoists
Power saws Power saws
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Slings Slings
Winches Winches
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience None
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air and Water Filler
Airport Maintenance Laborer
Aluminum Can Collector
Ash Collector
Ash Handler
Ash Pit Worker
Ash Worker
B and B Gang Worker
Bag Turner
Bag Worker
Bagger and Stock Handler Helper
Bale Opener
Bale Piler
Bale Stacker
Banana Carrier
Banana Handler
Banana Loader
Bandoleer Straightener Stamper
Barrel Handler
Barrel Loader
Barrow Worker
Basin Cleaner
Battery Charger
Battery Stacker
Beef Selector
Bellows Assembler
Billet Straightener
Billet Worker
Blender Laborer
Blind Cleaner
Block Piler
Block Stacker
Bolt Loader
Boom Storage
Box Car Bracer
Box Car Loader
Box Worker
Bridge Gang Worker
Bridge Maintainer
Bulk Loader
Bull-Gang Worker
Bundle Collector
Bundle Helper
Cable Puller
Canvas Shrinker
Car Blocker
Car Bracer
Car Dumper Operator Helper
Car Hop
Car Icer
Car Knocker
Car Loader
Car Packer
Car Pincher
Car Pre-Cooler
Car Storer
Car Stower
Car Unloader
Car Worker
Carboy Filler
Cargo Bracer
Cargo Handler
Cargo Station Worker
Cargo Trimmer
Cargo Worker
Carry Out Clerk and Shelf Stocker
Cart Attendant
Cart Pusher
Casting Chipper
Casting House Laborer
Chute Loader
Circus Hand
Circus Laborer
Circus Roustabout
Clay Carrier
Coal Bagger
Coal Carrier
Coal Chute Worker
Coal Hiker
Coal Loader
Coal Passer
Coal Shoveler
Coal Trimmer
Coal Wheeler
Coke Worker
Commissary Assistant
Concrete Mixing Plant Laborer
Connie Cleaner
Connie Scratcher
Container Maker
Cooler Man
Cooler Worker
Core Finisher
Corn Detasseler
Cotton Baler
Cotton Jammer
Courtesy Clerk
Cream Dumper
Curb Attendant
Customer Service Representative
Dairy Hand
Dairy Worker
Delivery Driver
Delivery Helper
Distillery Laborer
Distillery Worker
Ditch Cleaner
Ditch Worker
Dock Hand
Dock Worker
Dock or Pier Laborer
Dolly Pusher
Dredge or Barge Shore Hand
Dry Kiln Worker
Egg Separator
Electroplating Laborer
Engine Monitor
Engine Watchman
Feed Handler
Ferryboat Operator Helper
Fertilizer Loader
Filling Carrier
Filling Hand
Filling Hauler
Film Loader
Firewood Cutter
Flask Carrier
Flask Handler
Flask Pusher
Fleet Service Agent
Floor Attendant
Floor Helper
Florist Helper
Fly Worker
Food Selector
Fork Lift Operator
Forklift Driver
Foundry Hand
Freezer Unloader
Freezer Worker
Freezing Room Worker
Freight Car Loader
Freight Handler
Freight Hustler
Freight Loader
Freight Sorter
Freight Unloader
Frozen Food Selector
Furniture Mover
Furniture Mover Helper
Gandy Dancer
Gang Leader
Gang Plank Workman
Glass Carrier
Glass Handler
Glaze Carrier
Globe Changer
Glove Former
Glove Turner
Gold Leaf Laborer
Grain Handler
Grain Scooper
Grain Shoveler
Grain Trimmer
Grave Digger
Grocery Bagger
Grocery Caddy
Grocery Carrier
Grocery Sacker
Gum Puller
Hangar Attendant
Hanger Off
Hatch Tender
Hide Selector
Hide Shaker
Hoisting Laborer
Hold Worker
Hot Box Operator
Hot Plate Plywood Press Laborer
Iron Carrier
Iron Handler
Iron Piler
Jacket Changer
Kiln Hand
Laboratory Helper
Laundry Laborer
Leaf Tier
Leather Roller
Line Palletizer
Line Service Attendant
Line Tender
Lines Tender
Linseed Oil Order Filler
Loader Helper
Loader Operator
Loading Dock Hand
Locker Attendant
Locker Plant Attendant
Log Pond Worker
Log Roller
Lumber Carrier
Lumber Handler
Lumber Material Handler
Lumber Mover
Lumber Piler
Lumber Stacker
Lumber Straightener
Lumber Yard Worker
Mail Handler
Manufacturing Laborer
Material Carrier
Material Chaser
Material Handler
Material Handler Floorperson
Material Loader
Material Mover
Meat Selector
Merchandise Carrier
Merchandise Collector
Merchandise Customer Assistant
Merchandise Pickup / Receiving Associate
Metal Grader
Metal Handler
Metal Loader
Metal Sorter
Microphone Boom Operator
Milk Handler
Mold Breaker
Mold Swabber
Motion Picture Set Grip
Motion Picture Set-Up Worker
Motor Power Connector
Mover Helper
Moving Worker
Munitions Handler
Newspaper Stuffer
Odd Job Laborer
Oil Extractor
Ore Puncher
Oriental Rug Stretcher
Oven Loader
Package Collector
Package Handler
Package Sorter
Package Worker
Packing Floor Worker
Packing House Laborer
Paper Handler
Paper Stacker
Paper Stripper
Parcel Carrier
Parts Runner
Pattern Carrier
Piano Mover
Pie Bakery Laborer
Pig Handler
Pipe Stripper
Pipelines Laborer
Pit Shoveler
Platform Loader
Platform Worker
Potato Loader
Poultry Offal Icer
Poultry Offal Worker
Powerhouse Laborer
Press Helper
Priming Mixture Carrier
Produce Clerk
Produce Runner
Prop Attendant
Prop Worker
Property Worker
Rag Cutter
Rag Grader
Rag Sorter
Ramp Agent
Receiving Associate
Receiving Clerk
Recording Studio Set-Up Worker
Recording Studio Setup Worker
Refrigerator Mover
Rod Piler
Rod Straightener
Roll Carrier
Roll Wrapper
Rope Cleaner
Sack Cleaner
Sack Filler
Sack Lifter
Sales Associate
Salt Lifter
Salvage Worker
Sand Car Worker
Sand Carrier
Sand Drier
Sand Mixer
Sand Screener
Sand Shoveler
Sand Wheeler
Scene Shifter
Scrap Carrier
Scrap Collector
Scrap Iron Loader
Scrap Picker
Seed Trucker
Service Attendant
Set-Up Workers, Motion Picture Sets, Studios, and Stages
Setter Helper
Sheep Sorter
Shellfish Processing Laborer
Shingle Carrier
Ship Fastener
Shipping Clerk
Shipping and Receiving Material Handler
Shipping and Receiving Materials Handler
Sign Poster
Skating Rink Ice Maker
Skid Strapper
Skid Wrapper
Skin Piler
Slag Dumper
Slag Worker
Slip Box Changer
Snow Shoveler
Spike Driver
Stage Hand
Stage Set-Up Worker
Steel Handler
Steel Pickler
Steel Unloader
Stock Counter
Stock Driver
Stock Handler
Stock Handler Floorperson
Stock Mover
Stock Puller
Stock Replenisher
Stock or Delivery Clerk
Stockroom Helper
Storeroom Clerk
Street Cleaner
Street Light Cleaner
Street Light Lamp Cleaner
Street Sweeper
Studio Grip
Studio Set-Up Worker
Supplies Packer
Tandem Mill Sticker
Tar Worker
Tent Worker
Terminal Worker
Theater Technician
Tie Layer
Tie Loader
Tie Tamper
Timber Cutter
Tin Stacker
Tissue Packer
Tombstone Erector
Tombstone Setter
Tool Carrier
Tool Chaser
Track Fitter
Track Greaser
Track Sweeper
Track Walker
Track Worker
Tractor Trailer Moving Van Driver Helper
Transfer Table Operator Helper
Tree Girdler
Trestle Mainternance Laborer
Trimmer Loader
Truck Bracer
Truck Dock Material Mover
Truck Driver Helper
Truck Loader and Unloader
Truck Packer
Truck Striker
Unloading and Loading Line Service Attendant
Van Driver Helper
Van Loader
Vat House Laborer
Vault Person
Vegetable Handler
Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Hand
Warehouse Helper
Warehouse Laborer
Warehouse Loader
Warehouse Selector
Warehouse Worker
Water Attendant
Water Carrier
Weight Shifter
Wharf Laborer
Wharf Tender
Wharf Worker
Wheel Roller
Wood Chopper
Wood Cutter
Wood Sawyer
Yard Cleaner
Yard Laborer
Yard Man
Yard Person
Yeast Pusher
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Warehouse & Related
Benchmark Title: Material Handling Laborer
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