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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Materials Handler

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 7228

UW Job Family: 72

SOC Code: 53-7062

Pay Grade: 12

Date: July 01, 2006

Job Purpose:

Receives freight and delivers items to University departments; prepares outgoing freight for shipment.

Minimum Qualifications


High School Diploma or GED


None required

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license. 
  • Some positions may require a valid commercial driver's license (CDL).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Postal and commercial shipping methods and procedures.
  • Safe transportation and moving equipment operation.
  • Rules, regulations and procedures for safe handling/storing/return of hazardous freight shipments.
  • The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Safe forklift operation and lifting methods and techniques.
  • Basic computer data entry operation.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Enter basic computer data. 
  • Provide good customer relations.
  • Perform simple arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply, and divide).
  • Follow basic and routine verbal and written instructions.
  • Sort, check, count, and verify numbers and materials.
  • Detect problems and report information to appropriate personnel.
  • Receive, stock, track, and distribute materials, supplies and equipment.
  • Prepare routine administrative paperwork.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Lift, manipulate and move objects weighing up to 100 pounds regularly.
  • Safely operate pickup truck, van, forklift, dolly, pallet jack or other warehouse equipment and tools.
  • Maintain safety, quality, and/or infection/hazardous control standards.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Deliver supplies, equipment, catered or other goods to campus departments; match deliver memos to freight route loads and buildings.

Receive freight and check for damage or defective goods.

Pick up goods from campus departments; may prepare domestic and/or international shipping and freight bills; determine most efficient means of shipment; prepare deliver memos.

May fill department orders from warehouse stock; determine delivery schedule for most efficient use of time; maintain deliver vehicle.

Supplemental Functions:

May monitor inventory levels and alert buyer to reorder; rotate stock; maintain clean stock area.

Working Conditions:

Warehouse/office environment; regular driving of delivery vehicle and forklift; subject to confined spaces; exposed to temperature changes, driving in adverse weather conditions, vapors, fumes, noise, dirt, and dust; occasionally exposed to hazardous freight.

Distinguishing Features:

Materials Handler working under general supervision picks up and delivers supplies, equipment, or other goods to/from campus departments, receives and moves freight, checks and reports damaged or defective goods, prepares basic forms and freight bills including determining freight and shipping charges, and determines most efficient means of shipment.

Materials Handler, Senior, working under limited supervision performs the work of a Materials Handler, and is a lead worker who may functionally supervise, train and schedule work of support staff. Some positions require licensure within ninety (90) days of hire by the State of Wyoming for a Commercial License with Hazardous Materials, or CDL/H, to safely handle, store, or move hazardous materials.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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