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Certified Forklift Maintenance Technician Part 1
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Those individuals that are interested in or are in the mechanic field, gasoline and/or diesel engine repair, small engine repair or heavy equipment repair.
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) credentialing system leading to a CFT covers core competency areas, as defined by MSSC’s industry-led, nationally validated skills standards for higher skilled, front-line material handling workers working to maintain, repair, and service forklifts. This credentialing class is broken up into two parts. Students will take part 1 which will include and online course and assessment. It is necessary to pass that assessment to continue to Part 2. Additionally, student will be trained in Part 1 in a face-to-face class on becoming a certified forklift operator, through the National Safety Council (NSC). After passing the assessment to the online class, students will take Part 2, which is a hands-on training, applying the content of the online portion of the class.
Course Objectives
  1. be able to have increased productivity and competitiveness. This course covers core competency areas for front-line material handling workers to maintain, repair, operate and service forklift,. Skills include operator orientation, engines, hydraulics, attachments, transmissions and electrical system. Course prepares students to sit for the Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) credential and prepares students to be a lift truck operator.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Define Safety Responsibilities
  2. Define Practicing Safety in the Workplace
  3. Explain Types of PPE
  4. Explain Hazardous Materials Standards
  5. Explain Hazardous Material Handling and Storage
  6. Define Machine Safety
  7. Explain Work Area Safety
  8. Define Material Handling Safety
  9. Explain Fire and Electrical Safety
  10. Explain Emergency and Accident Response
  11. Define Gasoline and LPG Fuel Systems
  12. Explain front Drive Axle and Differential
  13. Identify Basic Engines
  14. Explain Brake Systems
  15. Describe Oil Cooled Wet Disc Brakes
  16. Describe cooling systems
  17. Explain Steering Systems
  18. Describe Transmissions
  19. Review Masts
  20. Define Basic Attachments for Lift Trucks
  21. Describe AC Motors
  22. Describe Motors and Magnetism
  23. Describe How to use Meters for Testing Electrical Circuits and Components
  24. Describe IC Electrical Systems
  25. Describe an Introduction to CANbus
  26. Define Batteries
  27. Identify Industrial Batteries
  28. Review OSHA Regulations
  29. Review Lift Truck Design and Operation Principles
  30. Demonstrate Pre-Shift Safety Inspection and Preventive Maintenance
  31. Demonstrate worksite Inspections
  32. Demonstrate picking up a load
  33. Demonstrate delivering a load
  34. Define and apply lift truck operator skills
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
National Safety Council (NSC)
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Forklift Training for Lift Truck Operators
CE to CU Articulation
MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at the 8th grade level of math and 9th grade level of English before attempting MSSC courses and assessments.
Text and Supplies Needed
Electronic device with internet service to complete online classwork, cut resistant gloves, goggles, safety shoes, personal protection equipment (PPE)
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Bay/Shop Area
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Completing and passing the assessment to the online portion of the class to be eligible to register for part 2.
  4. Passing the Lift Truck Operators assessment to receive credential
  5. Students must arrive on time on testing day. Students will not be allowed into the classroom after the test begins. NO makeup testing date will be offered.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
National Safety Council (NSC)
Intended Audience
Those individuals that are interested in or are in the mechanic field, gasoline and/or diesel engine repair, small engine repair or heavy equipment repair.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Field Service Technician (Forklift)
Forklift Operators
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Auto Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Auto Service Technician
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department