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Material Handling and Distribution Operations



Materials handlers oversee the process of taking materials from one location to another as well as extracting and loading the materials to be transported.

Career Details


Students in Material Handling and Distribution Operations are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Moving stock or other materials from one location to another to prepare for shipment or distribution
  • Using warehouse management software and software systems to capture and retrieve logistic information
  • Reading work orders or receiving instructions to determine assignments or necessary materials and equipment
  • Recording numbers of units handled or moved using daily production sheets or work tickets

Career Options

Career Options

Most Material Handling and Distribution Operations graduates go to work for a warehouse or at a shipping pier. They spend most of the day on their feet and may spend hours at a time carrying large or heavy items. Although most material handling and distribution operators work full time, some work part time.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Meet age requirements that vary by state.
  • Have good hearing and vision.
  • Pass a physical examination.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled.
  • Have a clean driving record.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity

Material Handling and Distribution Operations Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months needed to complete career training

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