National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1

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7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

These occupations include trades supervisors and contractors, construction and mechanical tradespersons, operators of transportation and heavy equipment and trades helpers. These occupations are found in a wide range of industrial sectors, with many in the construction and transportation industries.

This category includes most of the apprenticeable trades, including all those related to the construction industry. Other occupations in this category usually require completion of college or vocational education programs combined with on-the-job training. Helpers obtain training on the job site. Progression to supervisory positions or self-employed contractor status is possible with experience. There is limited mobility or transferability of skills among occupations in this category due to specific apprenticeship, training and licensing requirements for most occupations.

74 - Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers

This major group comprises other installer, material handler, repairer and servicer occupations with some secondary school education or on-the-job training. It includes other installers, repairers and servicers, longshore workers and material handlers.

745 - Longshore workers and material handlers

This minor group includes longshore workers and material handlers. They are employed by marine cargo handling companies, shipping agencies and shipping lines; transportation, storage and moving companies; and a variety of manufacturing and processing companies and retail and wholesale warehouses.

7451 - Longshore workers

Longshore workers transfer cargo throughout dock area and onto and from ships and other vessels. They are employed by marine cargo handling companies, shipping agencies and shipping lines.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • dockworker
    • longshore worker
    • longshoreman/woman
    • ship loader operator
    • stevedore
    • tanker loader

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Longshore crane operators (See 7371 Crane operators)
    • Material handlers (See 7452 Material handlers)
    • Supervisors of longshore workers (See 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
  • Main duties

    Longshore workers perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate industrial trucks, tractors and other mobile equipment to transfer cargo, such as containers, crated items, automobiles and pallet-mounted machinery, around dock to within range of cranes and hoists
    • Operate winches or other hoisting devices to load and unload cargo onto and from ships and other vessels
    • Operate mechanical towers to load vessels with materials such as coal and ore
    • Operate equipment to transfer bulk materials, such as grain, to hold of vessels
    • Connect hoses and operate equipment to transfer liquid materials into storage tanks on vessels
    • Perform other activities such as lashing and shoring cargo aboard ships, opening and closing hatches, cleaning holds of ships and rigging cargo.
  • Employment requirements

    • Some secondary school education may be required.
    • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to foreman/woman or supervisor of longshore workers is possible with experience.
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) (See 7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane))
    • Longshore workers (See 7451 Longshore workers)
    • Mover helpers (See 7622 Railway and motor transport labourers)
    • Storekeepers and partspersons (See 1522 Storekeepers and partspersons)
    • 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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