A supply technician works within the logistics management field. The job involves the physical handling of items or goods. Supply technicians are employed by manufacturing outlets, distribution centers, retail management outlets and transportation depots. Various titles for the occupation of supply technician are warehouse material handler, material handling specialist, material facilities specialist or materials clerk.
Supply technicians work in an organization's receiving branch, which is responsible for off-loading items from vehicles, and processing invoices and receipts for distribution to storage or another organization, depot or distribution center. Technicians inspect items for correct quantities and damage in shipment. Technicians also work with inventory specialists or inspectors if a received item has an incorrect stock number or Universal Product Code, or UPC, identifier.
Storage and Issue Duties
Storage and issue is the process of receiving and storing items according to a company's established standards. The supply technician, who can be assigned several stockrooms or storage areas, is responsible for the timely storage of an item. Technicians are also responsible for stockroom management, the processing and storage of items within the same class or group.
Supply technicians also deliver items or cargo. These duties also include receiving items and/or following specialized transportation instructions. For example, supply technicians in a government environment may have special instructions for the delivery of a classified item.
Inventory Control Duties
An out-of-balance inventory can cause problems. The supply technician conducts the physical counting of inventory items. The logistics supervisor coordinates with inventory personnel to establish annual inventory schedules. The supply technician conducts the inventory according to the schedule. The technician is also responsible for flagging out-of-balance items for inventory review and adjustment.
Educational and Salary Requirements
Supply technicians work in what are considered unskilled labor positions. A two- or four-year college degree, however, can increase earnings potential. Degrees in logistics management or business determine how fast a worker is promoted to a managerial position. The median annual salary for a supply technician as of May 2014 is $28,000, according to the jobs website Indeed.
2016 Salary Information for Material Recording Clerks
Material recording clerks earned a median annual salary of $28,010 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, material recording clerks earned a 25th percentile salary of $23,000, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $35,800, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 3,095,300 people were employed in the U.S. as material recording clerks.