7452 – Material handlers | Canada NOC |

7452 – Material handlers

Material handlers 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.


Index of titles

Example titles

Ash handler

Automated storage and retrieval system operator

Automatic pallet equipment operator

Bandoleer packer – explosives manufacturing

Belt conveyor attendant


Bin attendant

Bin filler


Box bander

Box filler

Boxcar loader

Bucket elevator operator

Bulk materials carrier operator

Bulk materials loader operator

Bulk materials unloader

Cement loader and sacker

Coal conveyor operator

Coal conveyor operator – surface mining

Coal dumper

Coal handler

Coal loader-unloader

Coal wheeler

Coal-moving equipment operator

Conveyor belt attendant

Conveyor belt operator (except underground mines)

Conveyor belt patroller-controller

Conveyor console operator

Conveyor operator – material handling (except underground mines)

Conveyor tender – material handling (except underground mines)

Cribber – grain elevator

Disposal worker – warehouse

Dockman/woman – truck transport

Dumper – material handling

Dumper – surface coal mining

Electric dolly operator

Electric mule operator

Electric truck operator

Explosives handler

Explosives packer

Express service handler (except air transport)

Fats and oils loader

Feed mill loader

Forklift operator

Forklift truck operator

Freight car loader

Freight car unloader

Freight handler (except air transport)

Freight loader (except air transport)

Freight unloader (except air transport)

Furniture loader-unloader

Furniture mover

Glass cut-off machine unloader

Grain conveyor operator

Grain handler

Grain weigher

Hand bagger – material handling

Hand bundler

Hand packager

Hand sacker – material handling

Hand truck operator

Heavy materials handler

Household goods mover

Industrial truck operator

Jack lift operator

Jitney driver – material handling

Labourer – material handling

Labourer – warehousing and storage

Lift driver

Lift jack operator

Lift scoop operator

Lift truck operator

Light materials handler

Liquids loader-unloader

Loader-unloader – material handling

Lumber handler – building supplies

Lumber piler – building supplies

Lumber stocker – material handling

Lumber unloader – material handling

Malthouse worker

Material handler

Material handler – manufacturing and warehousing

Mobilift operator

Munitions handler

Package lift operator

Packer – material handling

Pallet lift operator

Pallet loader operator

Pallet truck operator

Palletizer operator

Paper wrapper – material handling

Pick-up machine operator

Piler – material handling

Piler (except processing)

Pole distributor operator

Pole stacker operator

Power truck driver – material handling

Railway car loader

Reach truck operator

Ready-mix truck loader

Recycled paper handler

Shingle piler – material handling

Shipment assembler

Skidder – fruit packing

Stacker – material handling

Stacker operator – material handling

Stacking machine operator – material handling

Stacking machine tender – material handling

Stock helper

Stock-keeper helper


Storage man/woman

Storage worker – material handling

Straddle carrier operator

Straddle truck operator

Supermarket jigger operator

Tank truck loader

Tier lift truck operator

Tipman/woman – surface coal mining

Tow motor driver (except air transport)

Truck load weigher

Truck loader

Used building materials yard attendant

Van loader

Warehouse keeper helper

Warehouse worker – material handling



Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Material handlers (manual)

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)

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.


Freight attendants (in 7534 Air transport ramp attendants)

Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (7521)

Longshore workers (7451)

Mover helpers (in 7622 Railway and motor transport labourers)

Storekeepers and partspersons (1522)

Supervisors of material handlers (in 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)

Warehouse supervisors (in 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations)