The Quiet Rise of Forklift Jobs in America
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Whatever you call it, all the trends point to one hard fact: Warehouse Stores are hot. Whether itâ€™s pallets of tuna fish, paint cans or onesiesâ€¦ shoppers are scooping them up inside giant, cavernous stores.
And someone has to put those pallets of merchandise there.
â€śThink BJs, Walmart, Home Depot, Big Lots, Shop Rite, and every big grocery store,â€ť says one instructor at EZ Wheels Driving School. â€śThey all need forklift operators. Lots of them.â€ť
He should know. The demand for OSHA-Approved Forklift Certification classes at EZ
Wheels Driving School has shot through the roof.
â€śThere are companies that will even pay to send their employees to us,â€ť says the office manager, â€śSo not only will some employees get a free education, they get a pay raise for the new special skill they bring to the job.â€ť
The certification lasts for three years. And if youâ€™re a graduate of EZ Wheels Driving School, you get a bonus: a discount on your recertification.
According to Salary-dot-Com, a Fork Lift Operator in New Jersey and New York typically commands a salary somewhere between $30,069-$38,535.
All it costs to get a Forklift Certificate and access to these jobs? 8 hours of your time and $300.
A SECOND CAREER TO BEAT UNEMPLOYMENT
â€śThose are the best $300 I ever spent,â€ť said Joe F., who got his certificate at EZ Wheels Driving School after more than 6 months on unemployment. â€śI gotta be honest,â€ť said the 47-year old New Jersey native, â€śI was starting to feel pretty worthless. Like Iâ€™d never work again.â€ť
After 15 years with the same company, Joe saw his manufacturing job move to China. Just like that, the husband and father of two teens found his skill sets werenâ€™t much in demand in todayâ€™s job market.
When things were at their lowest, Joe found a job opening near his home at a warehouse. It â€ślooked interestingâ€ť but required forklift certification. That lead him to EZ Wheels Driving School and the lucky break he had prayed for.
â€śIt changed my life,â€ť says Joe. â€śI get a little emotional thinking about it, but it really did.
The people at EZ Wheels made me feel comfortable at a really uncomfortable time in my life. They made me feel I could be valuable in the workplace again when I felt like I couldnâ€™t provide for my family. They taught me everything I needed to know to operate a forklift. And they basically helped me get my life back on track.â€ť
Today, Joe is not only working a full-time job with benefits, heâ€™s already gotten his first promotion. And heâ€™s eyeballing another.
â€śI wanna go back to EZ Wheels to get my Class B Commercial Driver Licenseâ€ť, he laughs, â€śThis old dogâ€™s not done learning new tricks! My job could bump me up again if I have a CDL, so thatâ€™s next.â€ť
Itâ€™s the kind of success story that makes EZ Wheels proud: â€śThat,â€ť smiles Joeâ€™s instructor â€śis what itâ€™s all about.â€ť