National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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7452 - Material handlers

This unit group includes workers who handle, move, load and unload materials by hand or using a variety of material handling equipment. They are employed by transportation, storage and moving companies, and by a variety of manufacturing and processing companies and retail and wholesale warehouses.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bin filler
    • coal handler
    • conveyor console operator
    • forklift truck operator
    • freight handler (except air transport)
    • furniture mover
    • lumber piler - building supplies
    • material handler
    • railway car loader
    • stockpiler
    • storage worker - material handling
    • truck loader
    • warehouseman/woman

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Freight attendants (See 7534 Air transport ramp attendants)
    • Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (7521)
    • Longshore workers (7451)
    • Mover helpers (See 7622 Railway and motor transport labourers)
    • Storekeepers and partspersons (1522)
    • Supervisors of material handlers (See 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
    • Warehouse supervisors (See 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations)
  • Main duties

    Material handlers (manual) perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Load, unload and move products and materials by hand or using basic material handling equipment
    • Move household appliances and furniture onto and off moving trucks or vans
    • Perform other material handling activities such as counting, weighing, sorting, packing and unpacking.

    Material handlers (equipment operators) perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate winches and other loading devices to load and unload materials onto and off trucks, railway cars and loading docks of warehouses and industrial establishments
    • Operate industrial trucks, tractors, loaders and other equipment to transport materials to and from transportation vehicles and loading docks and to store and retrieve materials in warehouses
    • Connect hoses or pipes and operate equipment to load and unload liquid petroleum, chemical or other products into or from tank cars, tank trucks or storage tanks
    • Operate equipment to dump materials such as coal, ore and grain into or to remove materials from railway cars, trucks or other vehicles
    • Operate conveyors and equipment to transfer grain or other materials from transportation vehicles to elevators, bins or other storage areas
    • May perform other activities, such as opening containers and crates, filling warehouse orders, assisting in taking inventory and weighing and checking materials.
  • Employment requirements

    • Some secondary school education may be required.
    • Physical strength is required for manual material handlers who work with heavy materials.
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