Longshore Workers 


Longshore workers operate industrial trucks, tractors, and other mobile equipment to transfer containers / other cargo within range of cranes / hoists on dock areas. They operate winches / other hoisting devices to load / unload cargo on / off ships, and operate mechanical towers to load vessels with materials such as coal / ore. They also operate equipment to transfer bulk items such as grain to vessel holds and liquid materials to vessel storage tanks.


Work: People in this group work for marine cargo handling companies, shipping agencies and shipping lines, transportation, storage, and moving companies and a wide variety of manufacturing / processing companies and retail / wholesale warehouses.

Title Examples: Longshoreman/woman

Useful Secondary School subjects: Physical Education, Mechanics, English, Math

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate

Requirements: In general, you usually need some high school education. To be a longshore worker, you receive on-the-job training. Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 1 in 5 has a trade / vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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