Materials Handler Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Performs manual and clerical duties related to shipping, receiving,
inspecting, storing, issuing and delivering a variety of materials,
equipment and supplies.
second in a series of six classifications. Incumbents perform many
of the same duties as a Materials Handler Assistant, but are
distinguished in that incumbents exercise decision making and
independent judgement due to a broader knowledge of the materials
handling operation, and provide on the job training and problem
resolution to others. Incumbents may be responsible for a higher
volume, high dollar amount and/or be assigned responsibility over
one or more specified areas. Incumbents are expected to handle
high-dollar cost and fragile equipment or supplies and hazardous
materials, such as chemicals or gases, when necessary. May be
required to lift heavy objects.
Examples of Duties:
- Counts, weighs or measures incoming or outgoing items to
compare identifying information and variety against bills of
lading, invoices, orders or other records; examines incoming
shipments for damage or shortages and corresponds with shipper
to rectify; completes paperwork or forms required for
- Determines method of shipment utilizing knowledge of
shipping procedures, routes and rates; prepares materials for
shipping by weighing, packaging and stamping; prepares necessary
shipping forms such as bills of lading.
- Provides on the job training to lower level employees and
resolves problems utilizing knowledge of
- Operates material handling equipment such as forklifts,
pallet jacks, hand trucks or dollies to move stock or reorganize
- Participates in routing, counting and inspecting items while
loading and unloading trucks; delivers and returns items.
- Transports high technology, high dollar cost equipment,
laboratory supplies, office supplies, furniture and hazardous
materials to customers; secures cargo properly and safely with
weight evenly distributed.
- Performs vehicle inspection as required by Federal and
Arizona State Law; ensures proper documentation and package
marking with appropriate placards when moving hazardous
- Participates in ordering or purchasing standard stock items,
such as recommending additions or deletions to standard stock
items or ordering replenishments within established procedures
- Utilizes computerized or automated systems to accomplish
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of automated or computerized system operation.
- Knowledge of record keeping practices.
- Knowledge of safety practices.
- Skill in lifting heavy packages and objects.
- Skill in operating forklift or other materials handling
- Skill in operating large vehicles in tight and congested
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
year of shipping/receiving experience; OR, Any equivalent
combination of experience and/or education from which comparable
knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Some positions
may require possession of current Arizona Class C or Type D driver's
license (Commercial Driverís License with hazardous material
endorsement) upon employment. Some positions may require state
certification in forklift operation.
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