Logistics & Warehousing: A Peek Inside the Industry
Last month, we learned about some of the amazing benefits CPAVTS students obtain when they graduate from the Logistics and Warehouse Management program. This month, we are presenting an inside look at an industry that is growing faster than employees can be hired.
A typical warehouse is large, ranging in size from 500,000 to 1.2 million square feet. Some warehouses (particularly those with conveyor systems) can be noisy, and every warehouse is equipped with overhead doors that are used to load and unload delivery trucks.
To keep a warehouse running efficiently, warehouse workers are held to high work standards. Speed and accuracy are the two most important skills needed in this type of job. An employee who can handle the day-to-day routine of shipping, receiving, picking, and packing orders with rapid precision are often rewarded for their hard work. In some warehouses, a single employee may complete anywhere from 800 to 1,000 orders in a single shift! Employees are responsible for the quality of their own work and often work with little to no supervision, letting the results of their work speak for them.
Warehouses are in constant operation, and a typical shift can be five 8-hour days, or four 10-hour days with new employees commonly working on a four-day weekend schedule. The work required of a warehouse employee is not easy. While there is regular use of various kinds of forklifts to move pallets around the building, lifting items weighing up to 75 pounds by hand is also a standard.
The work performed in a warehouse is difficult, but in exchange for that, anyone willing to put in a solid effort can earn a considerable amount of money. Students graduating from CPAVTS leave with the ability to operate the types of forklifts used in a warehouse setting, meaning they can earn about $36,000 per year straight out of high school!
This is only a small glimpse inside a rapidly-growing industry. For more information on the logistics trade and on the Logistics and Warehouse Management program at CPAVTS, visit: http://www.cpavts.org/programs/transportation-logistics/logistics-warehouse-management.html.