Material Handlers

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.


  • Material handlers (manual):
    • 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):

    • 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.

Other Titles

  • Bin Filler
  • Material Handler
  • Lumber Piler
  • Railway Car Loader
  • Coal Handler
  • Truck Loader
  • Stockpiler
  • Storage Worker
  • Forklift Truck Operator
  • Conveyor Console Operator

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Coordination
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Adaptability
  • Social Orientation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Judgement and Decision Making

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Some secondary school education may be required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not required


  • Physical strength is required for manual material handlers who work with heavy materials

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as material handlers are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$60,128 $56,521 $32,884 $36,833

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
111-112 Farms 30 55
3361 Motor vehicle manufacturing 400 350
4131 Food wholesaler-distributor 155 170
4841 General freight trucking 40 55
4842 Specialized freight trucking 50 55
4885 Freight transportation arrangement 165 120
4931 Warehousing and storage 650 660

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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