Longshore Workers and Material Handlers

Workers in this group of occupations use trucks, cranes and manual moving devices, such as dollies, to move cargo on and off vessels. Longshore workers operate industrial trucks, tractors and other moving equipment to transfer containers and other cargo within range of cranes and hoists on dock areas. Material handlers (manual) load, unload and move products by hand or on dollies. Material handlers (equipment operators) operate winches and other loading devices, industrial trucks, tractors and loaders to transport or retrieve materials.


  • High school diploma.
  • Longshore workers receive on-the-job training working closely with more experienced colleagues.
  • Manual material handlers must have the physical strength to work with heavy materials.