What does a Dock Worker do?

Dockworkers load and unload cargo and prepare docks for incoming ships. They moor and unmoor ships upon their arrival and departure and maintain accurate records of damaged or misplaced cargo. They follow loading and unloading plans and participate in all company training programs. They install gangways to receive incoming ships and ensure the ship’s spill containment boom is in proper working order. They safely load and unload cargo using suitable material handling equipment, including forklifts, hand trucks, pallet jacks, cranes, and grain trimmers.

Dockworkers inspect unloaded cargo for damages or irregularities and track the unloaded shipment by inputting information using spreadsheets and documents required by management. They communicate with colleagues to ensure the safe loading and unloading of cargo continues and ensure the dock areas are clean and free of debris to prevent accidents or injury. Dockworkers need a high-school diploma or equivalency including the GED and a valid forklift license as well as an ability to operate heavy machinery.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
4%
5 - 7
1%
8+
81%

Common Skill Sets

English Language
Bilingual
Excellent Communication
As400
IN Spanish
Load Unload
Writing
Problem Solving

Dock Worker Seniority Levels

L2
Dock Worker
₹ 13,14,242/yr
L3
Dock Worker Supervisor
No Salary Reports
L4
Staff Dock Worker
No Salary Reports
Packer
18% made the transition
Material Handler
19% made the transition
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