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Performs manual and clerical duties related to shipping, receiving, inspecting, storing, issuing and delivering a variety of materials, equipment and supplies. Incumbents perform many of the same duties and the Materials Handler I, 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 solving to others. May be required to lift heavy objects.


Counts, weighs or measures incoming or outgoing items to compare identifying information and variety against bill of lading, invoices, orders or other records

Examines incoming shipments for damage of shortages and corresponds with shipper to rectify

Completes paperwork or forms required for documentation

Prepares materials for shipping and determines method of shipment

Operates material handling equipment such as forklifts, pallet jacks, hand trucks or dollies to move stock or reorganize storage

Participates in routing, inspecting and delivering various materials to customers

May perform vehicle inspections

Participates in ordering and purchasing standard stock items

Utilizes computerized or automated systems to accomplish tasks

One year of shipping/receiving experience or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Valid driver's license may be required in some instances.


Knowledge of automated or computerized system operation

Knowledge of record keeping practices

Knowledge of safety practices

Skill in lifting heavy objects

Skill in operating forklift or other material handling equipment

Skill in operating large vehicles in tight and congested areas

Skill in both verbal and written communication



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