Freight Handler (Rail or Road)

Also known as Freight Loader.
Loads and unloads freight trucks, containers and rail cars.
Training time 5 weeks - 1 year
Average pay $54,314
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 1,900

What does a Freight Handler (Rail or Road) do?

  • labelling goods with customers' details and destinations
  • loading goods into trucks, containers and rail wagons, and securing loads
  • assisting to tie down loads and cover them with tarpaulins
  • guiding truck drivers into loading bays and through confined spaces
  • performing clerical functions to record and check cargo on arrival, storage and despatch
  • opening and closing hatches and securing cargo to prevent shifting during voyages
  • transferring loads using moving equipment and directing equipment operations using communication systems

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Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate I in Warehousing Operations
Certificate II in Road Transport Yard Operations (Freight Handler)