National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1


Statistics Canada's Trust Centre: Learn how Statistics Canada keeps your data safe and protects your privacy.

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.
Report a problem on this page

Is something not working? Is there information outdated? Can't find what you're looking for?

Please contact us and let us know how we can help you.

Privacy notice

Date modified: