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Materials Handler Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs manual and clerical duties related to shipping, receiving, inspecting, storing, issuing and delivering a variety of materials, equipment and supplies.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of six classifications. It is distinguished from the Materials Handler in that this classification typically is responsible for a small volume or area, has no formal leadership role, and activities are procedural and well defined requiring limited decision making. Incumbents are expected to handle high-dollar amount and fragile equipment or supplies and hazardous materials, such as chemicals or gasses, 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 verify against bills of lading, invoices, orders or other records; examines incoming shipments for damage or shortages and documents findings.
  • Prepares material for shipment; weighs and stamps packages.
  • Assembles appropriate containers and inserts materials into container using spacers, fillers or other protective materials; binds container closed using appropriate method; marks container with identifying information or shipping instructions.
  • Assists in loading and unloading trucks.
  • Distributes or delivers incoming items to appropriate department or stores items in stockroom.
  • Operates material handling equipment such as pallet jacks, hand trucks, dollies and other related equipment.
  • Participates in routine, periodic inventories, counting and recording stock items.
  • Tags new stock with prices or other identifying information.
  • Signs for incoming shipments as received.
  • Fills orders and issues materials and supplies per requests; documents transactions according to established procedure.
  • Utilizes computerized or automated systems to accomplish tasks.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of recordkeeping practices and basic arithmetic.
  • Knowledge of safety practices.
  • Skill in operating automotive, materials handling and office equipment.
  • Skill in lifting heavy packages and objects.
  • Skill in following both verbal and written instructions.

Minimum Qualifications:

No prior experience required; Possession of a current Arizona Type D driverís license is required upon employment.


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