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Forklift Technician Jobs: Road Vs. Shop Tech

Looking for a new career? Whether you have experience as an auto mechanic, or are a mechanically-inclined person who likes helping people, a forklift technician job may be a great option for you.

Skilled mechanics are in demand, and a forklift technician's salary is, on average, better than an auto mechanic's . Many forklift technicians start as shop techs, and as they gain experience, become mobile field technicians.

A Family of Forklift Technicians - Meet the Garcias

At Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC) treating team members like family isn’t just a saying. Everyone works hard to help each other out, and we also have employees who are literally family members. The Garcias: Gus, Ricardo Sr. and Ricardo Jr (aka Ricky) are forklift technicians who all work out of our Livermore location.

Gus is Ricardo's brother-in-law, and was the first member of the Garcia family to start working with us (back in 2003). Ricky is Ricardo’s son, and nephew of Gus. Together, the Garcias handle service and repairs for some of TMHNC’s top customers.

Career Options for Auto Mechanics - Forklift Technician

If you're an auto mechanic looking for better pay and a family-friendly company, consider becoming a forklift technician with Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC). According to independent research conducted by Toyota, the average forklift mechanic salary is $50,440/year . Compare this to the average salary of $39,980 for an auto mechanic. 

Forklift mechanic salaries vary by location and level of experience. That said, TMHNC offers competitive wages and excellent benefits.  Also, as the graphic below illustrates, mechanics can generally expect to make more as a forklift technician than an auto mechanic.

When You Call for Forklift Repair, We Send the Best

When a forklift breaks down, you want it repaired quickly and done right the first time. The best way to ensure your lift truck repair is done correctly in the shortest amount of time is to call in an experienced, factory-trained forklift mechanic, also known as a master forklift technician.

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMH) has more than 110 factory-trained technicians to handle forklift repair calls on any make or model of forklift from our locations in the Bay Area, Fresno, Sacramento and Salinas. Of those 110 technicians, approximately two-thirds hold a master-level certification.

In today’s post we’ll explain:
- The difference between a forklift technician and a mechanic
- The value of having a master technician work on your lift truck
- The extensive experience, testing and training it takes to become a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Toyota Master Forklift Technician

Forklift Parts - Glossary and Buyers Guide

Whether you repair forklifts in-house or work with a dealership, it’s helpful to know the different parts of a forklift so you can effectively communicate with a maintenance technician. There are also a few pitfalls to avoid when buying forklift parts. We’ll share a few horror stories and explain what the customer could have done differently to avoid losing money.

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