Stevedore Kaimahi Taunga Waka

Stevedores operate a variety of heavy machinery to load, unload, tally and stow the cargo of a ship.

Stevedores may do some or all of the following:

  • operate heavy vehicles and machinery, such as straddle carriers, forklifts and ships' cranes, to load and unload cargo from trucks, ships and rail transport services
  • position and secure cargo in the holds of ships using braces
  • carry out safety checks on equipment
  • secure and release mooring lines of ships.

Crane operator

To become a crane operator you need to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Crane Operation (Level 3 and 4) through The Skills Organisation.

The Skills Organisation website – information on a career in cranes

Physical Requirements

Stevedores need to be reasonably fit and healthy. They should have good upper body strength, hearing, eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and balance. They should also be comfortable working at heights.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for stevedores includes:

  • work with heavy machinery and vehicles such as forklifts, truck and trailer units, and track and roller vehicles
  • work in port or freight industries and at heavy plant facilities.

Personal Qualities

Stevedores need to be:

  • adaptable and practical
  • safety conscious
  • reliable
  • able to work well in a team
  • able to follow instructions
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for stevedores includes:

  • work with heavy machinery and vehicles such as forklifts, truck and trailer units, and track and roller vehicles
  • work in port or freight industries and at heavy plant facilities.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a stevedore. However, NCEA Level 2 English and maths are useful.

Stevedores can earn around $40K-$80K per year per year.

Stevedores may progress by moving into supervisory, management, or planning and logistics roles.

Stevedores may specialise in operating:

  • straddle carriers
  • cranes
  • forklifts.
Stevedore

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