Heavy Forklift Operator
Gulf Stream Marine
Brownsville, TX Posted 7/19/2021 Full Time Skilled & Trades

Demonstrates competency operating <=12K forklift that includes:

  • Proper mounting/dismounting of machine while maintaining three points of contact.
  • Proper startup and shutdown of forklift (seatbelt, neutral when starting/stopping, lowers forklift blades to ground and sets brake when parking).
  • Proper use of controls (clutch, inching, tilt, lift, attachments, steering).
  • Proper stacking of load (approaches load squarely, stacks straight and squarely, and to safe height, deposits load safely, does not move until forks are level and lowered).
  • Proper loading /unloading a trailer or van/railcar/container/other (checks the dock plate, condition of the floor/deck, trailer chocks, jack stands, and brakes if applicable, and maneuvers safely in tight quarters).
  • Ensures truck drive is outside of cab and visible to operator before loading or unloading
  • Checks equipment in accordance to forklift checklist procedures to ensure it is properly maintained and is safe to
  • Communicates any issues with machine to supervisor or maintenance
  • Follows proper procedures for an “unattended”
  • Ensures machine is operated within safe working load limits at all times
  • Follows all company safety requirements/policies.
  • Understands and complies with Company “Stop Work Authority” policy
  • Maintains awareness of all surroundings (i.e. vehicles, people, traffic, debris or obstructions, ) at all times.
  • Reviews all shipments upon arrival and inform supervisor immediately of any damages to
  • Ensures that cargo is loaded in appropriate container or trailer for
  • Performs additional related duties, as assigned, which may or may not include operating a forklift.



  • Competitive Salaries
  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vision Plans
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • 401k and Company Match
  • Red Wings Boots Voucher
  • TWIC Card Programs
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • GSMU Training and Development Programs



  • Valid TWIC Card
  • Valid State Issued ID or Driver License
  • Ability to pass a 10-panel drug screen
  • Two (2) years of previous experience operating material handling heavy equipment
  • A valid license with acceptable driving record.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with Supervisors and co-workers
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, extended hours, nights, holidays, and/or weekends as needed.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and strong initiative.
  • TWIC required


Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

  • The employee is continuously required to sit (while driving), grasp and exercise eye-hand coordination and eye hand-
  • foot coordination.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach forward, exercise repetitive foot and wrist motion and finger
  • dexterity.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, bend forward, squat, twist, and reach overhead
  • and pinch.
  • The employee must frequently lift, carry, push and pull up to 30 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision,
  • depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Work in all weather conditions and seasons

Brownsville, TX 78521
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