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Materials Handler 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 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 documentation.
     
  • 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 shipping/receiving/stock operations.
     
  • Operates material handling equipment such as forklifts, pallet jacks, hand trucks or dollies to move stock or reorganize storage.
     
  • 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 materials.
     
  • Participates in ordering or purchasing standard stock items, such as recommending additions or deletions to standard stock items or ordering replenishments within established procedures and limits.
     
  • Utilizes computerized or automated systems to accomplish tasks.

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 equipment.
     
  • Skill in operating large vehicles in tight and congested areas.
     
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

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. 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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