Material handlers (NOC 7452)

About this job

Material handlers:

  • handle, move, load and unload materials by hand or using a variety of material handling equipment
  • work for transportation, storage and moving companies
  • also work for a variety of manufacturing and processing companies and retail and wholesale warehouses
Common job titles
  • assembler, shipment
  • attendant, building materials yard
  • bin attendant / filler
  • box bander / filler
  • conveyor tender
  • cribber, grain elevator


Material handlers (manual):

  • load, unload and move products and materials by hand or using basic material handling equipment
  • move household appliances and furniture on and off moving trucks or vans
  • do other material handling activities, such as counting, weighing, sorting, packing and unpacking

Material handlers (equipment operators):

  • run winches and other loading devices to load and unload materials on 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, chemicals 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 do other activities, such as opening containers and crates, filling warehouse orders, assisting in taking inventory and weighing and checking materials

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Work is done near or with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools that may be a source of accident or injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to toxic chemicals, noise and vibration.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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