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Forklift Operator – 1st, 2nd and 3rd Shifts

Location Sanford, North Carolina, United States of America / Sanford, North Carolina, United States of America / Sanford, North Carolina, United States of America / Sanford, North Carolina, United States of America
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Contract Type Full time
Job Type Regular
Requisition ID R0000244816

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other.  We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Are you ready to build what matters?  Build More Than Machines.   Build a Career.   

Caterpillar is looking for candidates that want to build a career.  You have a lot to offer, so we offer a commitment in return to you as a professional – and as a person. We offer competitive wages, quarterly bonus, paid time off, comprehensive benefits that begins Day ONE and paid training.

  • 1st shift: $18.41 hour

  • 2nd / 3rd shift: $19.88 hour (includes 8% shift premium)

We don’t lead our industry - our people do.  Watch our video to see our team build top-of-the-line skid steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders and compact track loaders.

As a Forklift Operator at Caterpillar, you will:

  • Locate and move products to storage or the assembly line in a safe timely manner.

  • Ability to inspect and perform regular maintenance to forklift as necessary.

  • Use of RF scanning equipment to ensure accuracy of inventory.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Forklift Certification through proven operation of equipment.

  • May rotate to various positions within the Job Function area to perform related activities.

  • Follows and utilizes CPS principles of 5S, Continuous Improvement Idea Reporting, Waste Elimination, and Standard Work.

  • May investigate and resolve receiving discrepancies and notify appropriate personnel of results or required actions.

  • Ability to identify damaged material and report shortages or quality deficiencies.

  • Identify and correct or report safety hazards in the work area.

  • Ensures grief and receiving processes and procedures are updated and communicated.

What you will have:

  • At least 6 months of warehouse operations experience

  • At least 6 months of stand-up forklift and/or cherry/order picker experience OR a current Caterpillar Sanford forklift license

Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation):

  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry boxes weighing up to 35 pounds for intervals of 15-30 minutes

  • Must be able to work at heights of up to 20 feet from the floor

  • Must be able to work in an environment with frequently changing temperatures

  • Must be able to walk, squat and bend over for intervals of 15-30 minutes

Shift Schedules:

1st Shift

Monday – Friday:  6 am – 2 pm

Monday – Thursday:  6 am – 4 pm

Monday – Thursday:  6:30 am – 4:30 pm

2nd Shift

Monday – Friday:  2 pm – 10 pm

Monday – Thursday:  2 pm – 12 am

Monday afternoon – Friday morning:  4 pm – 2 am

3rd Shift

Sunday night – Friday morning:  10 pm – 6 am

Sunday night – Friday morning:  9:30 pm – 5:30 am

Additional Information: 

Resumes are highly encouraged. Please do not submit a blank application (no work history or resume attached) as this may lead to disqualification.

Employee benefit details

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Here you earn more than just an hourly wage. We offer a total rewards package that provides Day ONE benefits (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of a quarterly bonus. Additional benefits include paid holidays and paid time off.

Final details

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as, H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S which can be found through our employment website at

Posting Dates:

April 2, 2024 - April 21, 2024

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen.   

EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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