Material handlers (NOC 7452)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median 16.59$
Maximum 25.85$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
35,000
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Nature of work

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.

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.
  • - Continued…
  • 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.

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