Material Handler III

Glenwood, Minnesota (US)
Oct 13, 2020

SUMMARY: Perform a variety of material handling functions to load, unload and move materials within the plant. Capable of working with inventory control through utilization of ERP/MRP software. Drives truck with capacity of more than 3 tons, to transport materials to and from specified destinations. Familiar with and capable of using various types of lifting equipment. Required to perform other miscellaneous tasks as supervision deems necessary.


  • Drives truck to and from destination.
  • Prepares receipts for load picked up.
  • Maintains truck log, according to state and federal regulations.
  • Maintains telephone or radio contact with Supervisor to receive delivery instructions.
  • Loads and unloads truck.
  • Inspects truck equipment and supplies such as tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil and water.
  • Performs emergency roadside repairs such as changing tires, installing light bulbs, tire chains and spark plugs.
  • Positions blocks and ties rope around items to secure cargo during transit.
  • Studies shipping notices, bills of lading, invoices, orders, and other records to determine shipping priorities, work assignments, and shipping methods required to meet shipping and receiving schedules.
  • Oversees incoming and outgoing shipping activities to ensure accuracy, completeness, and condition of shipments.
  • Determines space requirements and position of shipment on trucks.
  • Receives incoming inventory into business system and follows company processes to place items into inventory.
  • Inspects loading operations to ensure compliance with shipping specifications, and seals truck doors as needed.
  • Inspects equipment for defects and notifies maintenance personnel.
  • Maintains vehicle maintenance report.
  • Directs movement of shipments from shipping and receiving platform to storage and work areas.
  • Compiles records of unfilled orders.
  • Maintains and restocks the warehouse or parts cage while adjusting for errors.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints and machine drawings to determine specific material requirements.
  • Obtains and maintains active forklift certification.
  • Uses a variety of hand tools and material handling machines.
  • Perform cycle counts as required.
  • Utilize scanning devices and technology to process inventory movements within the business system.
  • Completes all weekly, daily and monthly 5S tasks.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION (OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE):  High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Maintains active CDL licensure.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform simple shop math, convert decimals to fractional equivalents.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


  • Day shift is 8 hours, Night shift is 10 hours and Weekend shift is 12 hours
  • Stand: Frequent-continuous, up to 6 hours (day shift) and 8 hours (night shift)
  • Walk: Frequent, up to 4 hours (day shift) and 6 hours (night shift)
  • Sit: Continuous (operating forklift)
  • Lift to/from floor: Up to 50 lbs. occasionally (components), 10 lbs. frequently (components)
  • Lift overhead: Up to 20 lbs. rarely (components), 15 lbs. occasionally (components), 10 lbs. frequently (components)
  • Lift waist level: Up to 50 lbs. occasionally (components), 25 lbs. frequently (components)
  • One or two hands carry: Up to 30 lbs. for 5 feet occasionally (components), heavier items are moved with a hoist
  • Push/pull: Up to 53 lbs. force (total 105 lbs. force) with 2 employees to initiate large A-frame cart and up to 38 lbs. (total 75 lbs. force) with 2 employees to initiate movement of loaded carts, occasionally, loaded parts cart my take up to 40 lbs. force, occasionally 
  • Elevated work (reaching): Frequent (forklift operation)
  • Twist: Occasional (while seated in forklift)
  • Bend: Frequent (check materials on shelves and in bins)
  • Squat: Occasional (check materials on shelves)
  • Kneel or crouch: Occasional (check materials)
  • Stair climb: Frequent, mezzanine, two steps in/out of forklift at 13-1/2” and 15” heights
  • Step ladder: Rare (check on a shelf to locate stock)
  • Balance: Occasional, climbing in/out of forklift, walking around machines and components
  • Manual dexterity: Frequent (manipulating forklift)
  • Firm grasp: Occasional (banding materials, band cutters)
  • Foot pedal operation: Frequently (if operating forklift)

 Lifting more than 50 lbs. is performed by two employees or mechanical assistance is required.

  • Rare                     1-5% of day
  • Occasional           6-33% of day
  • Frequent             34-66% of day
  • Continuous         67-100% of day


  • May be inside 40-60% of day, outside 40-60% of day, temperature exposure may be 70-100° F. inside near ovens, and outside varies between -20° to 100° F+ with high humidity in summer.
  • Confined spaces: Slight, between shelving
  • High elevations: Moderate, on truck beds
  • Moving objects: Severe, forklift and trucks
  • Noise level: Moderate
  • Slippery surface: Severe, wet floor, ground may be icy, snowy, sand/dirt on floor dragged in on forklift tires
  • Vibration: Slight, on arms with hand tools; moderate, on spine while operating forklift
  • Air pollution: Slight, dust, welding smoke and vehicle exhaust fumes


  • Near vision, far vision, and depth perception: Significant
  • Color discrimination: Minimal (color coded bar stock)
  • Hearing sensitivity: Significant (two-way voice radio communication)

 PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Eye protection, safety shoes, protective clothing, winter clothing/gloves and ear plugs.

 EQUIPMENT USED TO PERFORM JOB: Hand tools, belt sander, forklifts, overhead hoist, hand trucks and band cutters.

 *Each employee should be aware that changes in this job description could occur at any time. Also, this job description is not to be considered or construed to be a contract of employment.

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