Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates the activities of helpers, laborers, or material movers.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Maintains a safe working environment by monitoring safety procedures and equipment.
  • Reviews work throughout the work process and at completion to ensure that it has been performed properly.
  • Informs designated employees or departments of items loaded or problems encountered.
  • Examines freight to determine loading sequences.
  • Collaborates with workers and managers to solve work-related problems.
  • Checks specifications of materials loaded or unloaded against information contained in work orders.
  • Plans work schedules and assigns duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and response to fluctuating workloads.
  • Transmits and explains work orders to laborers.
  • Prepares and maintains work records and reports of information such as employee time and wages, daily receipts, or inspection results.
  • Inspects equipment for wear and for conformance to specifications.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

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