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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.


Example titles

  • 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

Main duties

This group performs 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.
  • 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.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
74 – Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers
Minor group
745 – Longshore workers and material handlers
Associated Career Handbook profiles
7452.1 – Material handlers (manual) 7452.2 – Material handlers (equipment operators)
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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