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Saturday, January 28, 2012

"EcoLab" Forklift Operator w/ Other Random Duties

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Found on 01-28-2012 at URL:^2wTVk77SptE/4LPMGOykr16zpXx35apdQuvf/SCr28CN0n3_slp_rhc_Baitaw==&jobId=1219451&type=search&JobReqLang=1&recordstart=1&JobSiteId=91&JobSiteInfo=1219451_91&GQId=0

“Job Title: Fork Truck Operator

Functional Area: Distribution

Division: Global Operations

Location: Texas-Fort Worth

Country: United States

Employment Status: Full Time

Job Description : When it comes to 'clean,' Ecolab is the world leader, with $5.5 billion in global sales and the respect of customers in more than 160 countries. For over seven decades we have developed and marketed cleaning solutions and systems, making the world a cleaner, safer, better place to live.

At Ecolab we believe that the success of our associates and the success of the company go hand-in-hand. We are committed to a culture that fully leverages our people's talent by promoting an environment where all people can make a difference, be heard, be supported, be developed, and be rewarded for their contributions.

The following postion (sic) is available at the Ecolab Grapevine Distribution Center:

•The primary responsibility of this position involves using the Stand-up Reach or Sit-Down type forklift to organize and store inventory in the warehouse.

Main Responsibilities:

•Operates stand-up or sit-down forklift to efficiently store inventory in their location in the distribution area.

•Maintains the organization of inventory located in storage racks in warehouse area.

•Assists with restocking of all supplies and inventory.

•Maintains general housekeeping in storage area.

•Complies with all safety regulations related to forklift operation and inventory storage procedures.

Basic Qualifications:

•High school diploma or equivalent required.

•Must have a minimum of two years experience on a stand-up reach forklift.

Preferred Qualifications

•Must have basic mathematical skills and abilities.

•Must be analytical, organized and have the ability to work independently. Must be able to follow verbal and written directions.

•Must be able to perform and learn other tasks as assigned and have initiative.”

The successful applicant will have not only previous forklift experience, but also two years specifically of "stand-up reaching forklift" experience (not be confused with "stand-up club comedian" experience). This requirement of specialized experience is a trend I’ve seen among forklift operator vacancies. In fact, I’ve yet to read an entry-level forklift operator vacancy requiring only completion of a forklift certification course. I suppose that type of position is filled internally because otherwise employers would be more swamped with applicants than they already are.

I surmise the forklift driver must be able to maneuver quickly while fully loaded without tipping, as evinced by the requirements of “efficiently store inventory” and “have initiative.” Perhaps the high school diploma / GED requirement is included to ensure the incumbent can “perform and learn other tasks as assigned,” in the event that the Forklift Operator Who Could manages to store everything before his/her shift ends. To top it off, the job poster misspelled the word “position!” I guess you need to be a clean freak but not a good proofreader to work at EcoLab.

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