Forklift Operator

Kaitaraiwa Waka Uta

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Forklift operators operate vehicles that have a lifting platform for shifting and stacking heavy articles such as pallets, bales, crates, containers or cartons.


Forklift operators usually earn

$16-$21 per hour

Source: Hays Recruitment, Enterprise and Port Otago, 2015.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a forklift operator are good due to growing demand and high turnover.
A man signals to a forklift operator who is manoeuvring a forklift to place a shipping container onto the back of a truck

A forklift operator moves shipping containers on a wharf

Last updated 13 June 2017