Tacoma Tideflats – Warehouse and Logistics


Students practice driving a forklift at Lincoln High School

Looking for a career in or around the Port of Tacoma?  This program gives you all the certifications to make some amazing money immediately.  Whether it is for summer work to pay for college or as a career, these certifications open you up to some amazing opportunities.  Moving products using a variety of lift trucks or keeping people safe by controlling traffic, these certifications have a starting wage around $20 per hour.  Part of this program also consists of field trips for students to explore job opportunities, meet local employers, and connect with community members.

Summer 2023 Program Details

  • Application window open: Ongoing
  • Program dates: July 6th to July 24th (no class on July 7th or 14th)
  • Meeting location: Hunt Middle School
  • Notify selected applicants: Early June
  • Approximate hours to complete: 90
  • Certifications: OSHA 10, flagger, forklift, Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC), and Financial Literacy through EverFi
  • Completion stipend: $500
  • Credits toward graduation: 0.5 in Skilled and Technical Sciences
  • Total spots available: 24
  • Special considerations for this program: Official State or Federal ID such as a passport, military ID, driver's license or ID card (Federal requirement, not Tacoma Public School's requirement).  Forklift certification requires you to be 18 years old.  If a younger student passes the test, the credential will be held until their 18th birthday and then delivered to the school.
  • For additional information, please contact Jeff Klancke: jklanck@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Warehouse/Logistics Careers by the Numbers

Average Salary (as of 4/12/22):

  • Forklift operator - $43,112 source
  • Flagger - $49,720 source (as of May 2021)

Required Education: High school or equivalent, on-the-job training

Job Outlook (2020-2030): 

  • Forklift - 7% (as fast as average) source
  • Flagger - 

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