Warehouse Technician Spotlight

Those who believe there’s a place for everything and everything in its place, may find their own place as Warehouse Technicians. Throughout the oil and gas industry, Warehouse Technicians keep track of all of the products, equipment and supplies that are brought into and sent out of their companies.

What a typical day looks like:

Everything coming to and going out of the company flows through a Warehouse Technician. They receive deliveries and inspect them for damages. They unload, store and distribute equipment, tools and supplies in a warehouse, stockroom or storage yard. And every day, they label, index and process items, stocking items in precise places according to the warehouse organization plan.

The work is physical. Warehouse Technicians load and unload materials by hand or with mechanical lifting equipment, such as forklifts, dollies, hand lifts and cranes. They unpack boxes, label new items and put them where they belong. In the oil and gas industry this might also mean connecting hoses or pipes for loading and unloading liquid petroleum, chemical or other products into or from tank cars, tank trucks or storage tanks.

Fortunately, when the day’s over, it’s over: Warehouse Technicians usually work normal office hours.

The kinds of problems Warehouse Technicians solve at work:

A Warehouse Technician needs to be constantly aware, making sure that everything is exactly where it needs to be. And when an item is missing, they need to find it: Warehouse Technicians verify inventory counts by comparing physical counts of stock with electronic records. If items are missing, they investigate and report any errors.

Skills used most on the job:

A Warehouse Technician’s skills are divided by essential labels just like a warehouse’s organization plan. In this case, those categories are: mental, physical and social.

Mentally, Warehouse Technicians need to keep concise records of every piece that comes through the warehouse for inventory records. They also record parts or materials that need to be ordered for upcoming repairs, scheduled maintenance and impending needs. It’s not just about keeping track of what is, but also what will be.

Physically, Warehouse Technicians need to work on their feet for extended periods of time and may also perform some heavy lifting.

Socially, they need to be everyone’s best friend. Warehouse Technicians work with internal and external clients and warehouse supervisors to make sure people and teams get the all the items they need, when they need them. They also work with vendors and order equipment that will be needed for future work. In the oil and gas industry, they fit right in the middle of everything.

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