Profession materials handler

Materials handlers execute the handling and storage of materials through activities such as loading, unloading and moving articles in a warehouse or storage room. They work according to orders to inspect materials and provide documentation for the handling of items. Materials handlers also manage inventory and ensure the safe disposal of waste.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Products coding system

    Packaging codes and markings required to implement proper handling procedures for goods.

  • Inventory management rules

    The specific principles and techniques used in order to determine the approapriate level of inventory required.


  • Stack goods

    Stack goods and manufactured products into containers without special treatment or procedure.

  • Maintain stock control systems

    Keep stock control systems up to date and ensure inventory accuracy.

  • Operate warehouse record systems

    Operate systems for recording product, packaging, and order information in specific formats and types of record.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Dispose of non-hazardous waste

    Dispose of waste materials which pose no risk to health and safety in a manner which complies with recycling and waste management procedures.

  • Secure goods according to work orders

    Fasten bands around stacks or articles, prior to shipment or storage.

  • Operate warehouse materials

    Be able to operate pallet jack and similar motorised warehouse equipment, for loading and storage purposes.

  • Manage warehouse inventory

    Manage warehouse inventory and control storage and movement of warehouse goods. Monitor transactions such as shipping, receiving and putaway.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Maintain physical condition of warehouse

    Develop and Implement new warehouse layouts in order to maintain facilities in good working order; issue work orders for repair and replacement operations.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Load heavy items on pallets

    Use lifting equipment and machines to stack weighty products such as stone slabs or bricks on portable platforms so that they can be stored and moved.

  • Implement efficiency plans for logistics operations

    Implement efficiency plans developed by managers in facilities. Use techniques, resources, and training in order to improve workplace efficiency.

  • Pick orders for dispatching

    Pick orders in warehouses destined for dispatching, ensuring that correct numbers and types of goods are loaded and dispatched. Tag and mark product items as requested.

  • Use warehouse marking tools

    Label containers and container tags or products; use warehouse marking and labelling tools.

  • Dispatch order processing

    Pack and deliver the packed goods to a shipping carrier.

  • Follow stock control instructions

    Stack items according to the stock control instructions received.

  • Process incoming construction supplies

    Receive incoming construction supplies, handle the transaction and enter the supplies into any internal administration system.

  • Sort waste

    Manually or automatically sort waste by separating it into its different elements.

  • Pallets loading

    Ability to load and unload pallets on vehicles in a safe way.

Optional knowledge and skills

calculate needs for construction supplies hazardous materials transportation use barcode scanning equipment safety regulations for warehouses check compatibility of materials follow written instructions freight transport methods pack goods dispose of hazardous waste clean warehouse assemble goods order construction supplies road transport legislation operate gps systems handle fragile items drive vehicles transport construction supplies

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