Material handlers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7452

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.

Job Duties for Material handlers

  • 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.

Working Conditions for Material handlers

Work is performed indoors and outdoors, depending on the task. In either case, the use of heavy machinery and equipment requires close attention to safety protocols and procedures.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Ash Handler
  • Automated Storage And Retrieval System Operator
  • Automatic Pallet Equipment Operator
  • Bandoleer Packer - Explosives Manufacturing
  • Belt Conveyor Attendant
  • Beltman/woman
  • Bin Attendant
  • Bin Filler
  • Binman/woman
  • 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
  • Stockpiler
  • 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
  • Warehouseman/woman
  • Warehouseperson
  • 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
  • Loader/unloader
  • Loader Unloader
  • Warehouse
  • Forklift
  • Package Handler
  • FORK LIFT OPERATOR
  • Loading Dock Helper
  • Part Time Dock Worker
  • Dock Worker
  • Weigh Master
  • Part-time Scanner
  • Warehousing Worker
  • PM Sorter