Material Handler - Forklift (1st Shift - $18.65/hr)

Date: Jun 21, 2024

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28213

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

 Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3.8 billion company with 149-year history and employ more than 12,000 men and women around the globe.  A. O. Smith has a strong, people-oriented culture, and is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  Our Charlotte, North Carolina facility is home to the A. O. Smith Water Systems Division, where we engineer and manufacture expansion tanks for water heating systems along with storage and well water tanks. 

Primary Function

The Material Handler (1st Shift) is responsible for transferring materials and manufactured items to the assembly lines to increase efficiency of production.  The Material Handler will pull Sheet-metal racks, HEX and crates to the line and returns to the empty racks to the staging area.  This role involves operating liquefied gas, or electric powered industrial truck equipped with lifting devices such as forklift to move products or materials.

We Offer

Regularly Scheduled Hours: 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday (Some OT during the week and occasional Saturdays)


Pay Rate: $18.65/hr   (Raises every 3 months topping out at $19.41/hr after 12 months)


Sign On Bonus:  $1500 ($500 after 3 months, $500 after 6 months, $500 after 1 year.  Must not be on a corrective action for attendance to qualify.)


Benefits:   Medical, Dental, and vision start on Day 1!  Our comprehensive benefits package also includes life insurance, short- and long-term disability, 401k, tuition assistance, and employee discounts on Aquasana water filtration products.


  • Pulls the filled Sheet metal racks from the staging area or from Sheet-metal department to the assembly station as needed for production. Returns the empty racks to the staging area.
  • Pulls the HEX to the assembly stations as needed for production.  Returns the empty racks to the staging area.
  • Pull the wood crates, including bases, tops, and sides, to the assembly stations as needed for production. Returns the empty racks to the staging area.
  • Replenish the Sheet-metal Kanban bins for the assembly stations.
  • Bring Literature packages to the test stations as needed for production.
  • Provide each line with necessary supply of forms or copies they use.
  • Responsible for maintaining organized, identified racks, and staging areas.
  • Responsible for communication with supervisor and leaders of potential parts shortages, or overages for manufactured items.
  • Assist with replenishing of the Fastenal parts for the assemblers.
  • Assist with removal of dunnage such as cardboard, pallets and trash.
  • Assist with daily cycle counts and inventory control in production areas.
  • Read work orders, production schedules, or follow oral instructions to determine materials needed.
  • Operate industrial truck or electric hoist to assist in moving materials and products.
  • Attach identifying tags or labels to materials or mark information on racks as needed.
  • Recharge batteries, or replace liquefied gas tanks.
  • Responsible for overall shop cleanliness and appearance.  Responsible for following general safe work practices. Responsible for maintaining equipment and completing work order request to correct issues.


  • Six (6) months of related work experience
  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Must have a valid state driver’s license and the aptitude to obtain a company forklift license prior to performing forklift duties
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good safety record; promotes a safe and organized work area.
  • Basic computer knowledge and navigation is a plus
  • Experience and knowledge of commercial boilers, water heaters and/or pool heaters is a plus
  • Prior assembly experience is a plus

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte

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