7452 Material handlers

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Lead statement

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.

Example Titles

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

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.

Exclusions

  • Freight attendants (in 75347534 Air transport ramp attendants)
  • Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (75217521)
  • Longshore workers (74517451)
  • Mover helpers (in 76227622 Railway and motor transport labourers)
  • Storekeepers and partspersons (15221522)
  • Supervisors of material handlers (in 73027302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
  • Warehouse supervisors (in 12151215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations)