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Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Trainer in Tampa, Florida

Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Trainer

Tampa, FL, USA

Req #7286

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is a family-owned independent Coca-Cola bottler that is the third largest privately-held and the sixth largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Coke Florida’s exclusive territory covers over 18 million consumers across 47 Florida counties, and includes the major metropolitan markets of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Coke Florida sells, markets, manufactures and distributes over 600 products of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies including Monster Beverage Corporation and BODYARMOR. In 2017, Coke Florida generated over $1.2 billion in revenue and the company currently has approximately 4,800 employees.

As one of the first US greenfield independent Coca-Cola bottlers in nearly sixty years, Coke Florida is at an exciting stage in its transformational journey to become a leading-edge beverage company, the best bottler in the Coca-Cola System, and one of the best companies to work for in Florida.

Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Trainer

This role will be accountable for the Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) training across the facility and all functions. This person will help deliver the day one PIT training for new hires and conduct ongoing certification, evaluation, and training for existing associates. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the operation of a forklift, electric pallet jack (riding & walkie), scissor lifts, boom lifts, hand truck… including skills in both classroom discussion and hands-on practical instruction. Ability to focus on operating procedures, such as how to drive the forklift vehicle and operate the hydraulic lift safely, loading and unloading materials, handling hazardous materials, and performing vehicle maintenance.

Some examples of the training and guidelines they will deliver include but are not limited to:

  • Accounting for visibility restrictions

  • Conveying work-place hazards and ensure students have the ability to recognize and correct for hazards

  • Mastering vehicle controls and instrumentation

  • Steering the vehicle

  • Inspecting and maintaining motor and components of each PIT operated

  • Accounting for vehicle capacity and stability

  • Load stacking, unstacking and moving

  • Understanding of Federal, State, Local and Company Policy and Requirements

  • Accounting for accessories that may be operated in conjunction with the PIT, as well as required PPE (i.e., forklift mancage, or fall protection for lifts)

Schedule: Mon-Fri 10A-7P, must be willing to flex due to training schedule of Day and Night shift employees

Role Responsibilities

  • Support PIT training needs of the location

  • Evaluate performance effectively.

  • Effectively communicate site specific hazards and traffic routing and rules

  • Coordinate all PIT Training activities including re-certifications

  • Effectively executes network stand training program(s)

  • Audits executing and efficient of PIT training delivery

  • Providing continuous ongoing support to the PIT training

  • Partner with Operations and EHSS (Environment Health, Safety and Sustainability) to ensure network standard training materials are accurate

  • Maintain site’s PIT training records and document

  • Be an ambassador of Coke Florida

Role Requirements

  • Prior PIT operating experience

  • Organization and basic Project Management skills

  • Proficiency in computer usage to include email, MS Office Suite, etc.

  • Excellent communication, both written and verbal

  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback effectively

  • Previous experience delivering PIT training/information to peers and management in group setting and individually highly desired

  • Willing to work flexible schedule

  • Experience as a forklift operator in a warehouse setting or the transportation of cargo in another setting

  • Knowledge of safety awareness when operating any piece of material handling equipment

  • Working knowledge of forklift, pallet jack and basic maintenance routines of equipment to improve safety and efficiency desired

  • Must be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced and continuously changing environment

To comply with OSHA each trainer must meet the qualifications outlined below for each PIT:


All trainers must satisfy the following knowledge requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to understand PIT’s manuals, manufacturer’s specifications, drawings, instrumentation, and parts lists

  • Familiarity with industry terminology, the terms used within the Coke Florida P.I.T. Safety Program, and terms used by OSHA.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of any State-specific or local regulation/legislation applicable to the operation of powered industrial trucks that may exceed the minimum standards set forth in the policy and program

  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate State-specific or local requirements into the Coke Florida PIT program and ensure training is then site-specific and meets the needs of the employees in that environment

  • Demonstrated knowledge of workplace-specific hazards and how to train students to recognize and correct those hazards

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the purpose and function of all components, devices, PPE and accessories commonly used on or in conjunction with PIT (such as man cages, fall protection, etc.), and how to carry out an inspection to determine that all are functioning properly

  • A working knowledge of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems in order to have sufficient background information to explain the elements within the Coke Florida PIT Training Program

  • A working knowledge of the various energy sources associated with PITs (such as industrial batteries, natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel) and how to handle them including how to fuel, change, charge, store, handle and maintain them. The trainer must also know the specific hazards associated with these energy sources and systems


All trainers must be able to perform the following skills:

  • Pre-Start Check

  • Start-up and shut-down of each PIT

  • Proficient in stopping, starting, turning, driving forward and in reverse, parking and operating around personnel and other objects for each PIT

  • Proficient in load handling, including selection and security of loads, pick-up and placement, stacking and steering for each PIT

  • Proficient in loading and unloading trailers, racking, and other structures for each PIT

This job description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the employee may be required to perform, and the employee may be required to perform additional functions. Coke Florida reserves the right to revise the job description at any time. Employment with Coke Florida is at-will. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship.

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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  • Job Family Distribution

  • Job Function Distribution/Warehouse

  • Pay Type Hourly

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  • Tampa, FL, USA