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Salary Range
€20k - €30k
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In Brief...

Assists in the day-to-day activities of a warehouse.

Knowledge

  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

In Summary - Warehouse Assistant

Career Sectors

Warehouse Assistants typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Purchasing and Wholesaling
Sales, Retail & Purchasing

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The Work - Warehouse Assistant

Warehouse assistants help with the loading and unloading of goods vehicles, either by hand or using mechanical handling equipment e.g. a fork-lift truck. They check goods coming in and going out to make sure nothing is missing or damaged. Computers are often used for some tasks.  
 
When they have checked that quantity and condition of the delivered goods are correct, they sign the delivery form. If the delivery is not correct, they report the problem to the Warehouse Manager or to Purchasing or Supplies.  
 
Warehouse assistants decide where goods should be stored within the warehouse. They keep records of items stored and check the level of stocks, advising the Purchasing Officer of the need to re-order when necessary. This Stock Control may be done using a manual system or more often, a computerised one. They catalogue or label items with storage details. They are also responsible for regular stocktaking.  
 
When an order is received, warehouse assistants pick out the goods that have been ordered. They work from an order sheet and prepare and pack the goods for delivery. In some warehouses an order picker may pick the goods that have been ordered.  
 
Warehouse assistants use computers increasingly. In a small firm, a warehouse assistant may be involved with many tasks. However, in a larger warehouse, they may specialise in one or two areas of work, i.e. operating a forklift, which requires special training and licence. The Warehouse Assistant is also responsible for keeping the work area neat and hazard free.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
  • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.
  • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.
  • Stack cargo in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.
  • Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
  • Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.
  • Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers so they can be loaded.
  • Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.
  • Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Interests - Warehouse Assistant

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Qualities

You should be neat and tidy in your work. You must be accurate, and able to judge spaces when stacking and storing goods. Honesty is important. Having a good memory can be useful  
 
You must be physically fit, and able to cope with ladders, stretching, bending and carrying weights. It is important that you are aware of safety measures and precautions

Entry Requirements - Warehouse Assistant

Pay & Salary - Warehouse Assistant

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €20k - €30k

Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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