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all the information and resources you need to start your career
as a forklift operator. Here you’ll find your state or provincial training requirements, information on forklifts and forklift job listings.
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1. You need a minimum high school education or completed the GED.
2. You need to be 18 years old or older
3. You should be in good physical shape and have good eyesight.
(Wearing corrective lenses or contacts are OK)
4. Depending on the job at hand, you may need to learn other skills. The employer will list what those
requirements are. (for example, you may need knowledge in using a carpet lifter forklift attachment
for a job in a carpet warehouse)
5. Have certification that you have attended and passed an OSHA compliant school for forklift
operation. (see below for a list of schools in your state)
6. You do not need a driver’s license become a forklift operator.
7. Safety Equipment is necessary. You’ll need proper footwear, safety glasses, and earplugs.
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Michigan is still one of the nation’s leaders in automobile production, however, food products, military equipment and furniture manufacturing should also be considered in your career choices. Detroit, Grand Rapids and Dearborn are great cities to start your search for forklift jobs.
There are several schools in Michigan to receive your forklift training that are listed below.
In the state of Michigan, it is required by law to be certified as a forklift operator according to the guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If you are found to be driving a forklift without this
Forklift license in the
state of Michigan
certification, you or your employer could be facing a fine up to $10,000. These laws are enforced because of the dangers of untrained and careless forklift operators that kill or injure workers each year in accidents. You must renew your certification every 3 years and carry your license card with you
on the job.
The OSHA has requirements in place that employers must meet for their employers who are going
to be operating a forklift. Most employers have a dedicated trainer to teach their employees OSHA required forklift training. Other times they will hire a consultant to do the teaching if no trainer is available.
These are the OSHA industry regulations for both employers and individuals:
OSHA 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks (forklift operator training)
For general industry such as warehouse, port, etc.
OSHA 1910.179(l) - Operator Training for Powered Industrial Trucks (forklifts)
For the construction industry
What are the requirements to become a forklift operator?
Getting a forklift license in Michigan in five easy steps:
1. Find and contact an OSHA and/or state compliant school or trainer near you. See below for a list
of schools/trainers in this state.
2. Upon taking the course, you will usually be shown a course on how a forklift works, forklift safety
and maintenance. You will then take a written examination. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
3. As part of the course, you will be given hands-on training operating a forklift. Part of this training
will be the walk-around inspection before starting. When you feel comfortable in operating the
machine in the facility, the trainer will then test you performing various tasks with he machine.
You may be using several types of forklifts (counterbalance, narrow aisle, pallet) in your training
or just one kind. It is advisable to learn how to operate a variety of machines so you can increase
your chances at getting a good job. Be sure to learn all of the controls and features of the machine
at hand. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer for more time operating the machine until you get
used to it.
4. When you pass these series of tests you should be awarded your forklift certificate.
Congratulations! You have now met the OSHA standards to become a certified forklift operator.
Be sure to get your certificate and/or operators license. You can use your license for 3 years, then
it must be renewed, usually at the same training school. (for a small fee)
5. Next, search for a forklift job and remember to show your operators license and note it on your
resume. Be sure to search for forklift jobs here at our website! You now have a very good chance
at getting a well paying job.
Forklift Training Schools in Michigan
Forklift Training USA 34659 Nova-Clinton Township Michigan (888) 404-2575 http://www.forklifttrainingusa.com/
Bell Forklift Inc. 34660 Centaur · Clinton Township., Michigan (888) 404-2575 http://www.bellforklift.com/
KMH Systems Inc. 633 11th St, Plainwell, MI 616-222-0612 http://www.kmhsystems.com/
Alta Lift Truck 2470 W Columbia Ave, Battle Creek, MI 269-965-1269 http://www.altaindustrialequipment.com/
Fraza Forklifts 6865 Commerce Blvd., Canton, MI 800.954.5553 http://www.frazaforklifts.com
Morrison Industrial Equipment Co. 3510 Miller Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 269-381-7490 http://www.morrison-ind.com/
Crown Lift Trucks 43896 Plymouth Oaks Blvd, Plymouth, MI 734-414-0160 http://www.crown.com/content/us-en/forklift-dealers/detroit.html
What kind of salary can I make as a licensed forklift operator?
In the state of Michigan a forklift operator can earn an hourly wage of $15.50 or $32,240 per year. Wages can be higher and overtime is also an option in earning more.
For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
OSHA Area Office
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
315 West Allegan Street, Suite 207
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Great Forklift Jobs in Michigan
Ready to get a great forklift job? Get certified and become employed today! Search our job listings below for your state.