Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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.
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.
- 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
- Set up rooms for events, dismantle moveable walls and partitions, and organize or set up office furniture
- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Material Handlers in Lanaudière Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2011-2013 period, job opportunities in the Lanaudière region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
Job openings will result from job creation and high employee turnover for this occupation. The labour pool comprises workers with little education with or without experience. These positions are generally given to young workers and people who want to acquire work experience. The level of employment has been coming down since early 2009, owing to the economic slowdown in the manufacturing sector, especially in the industries that export goods to the United States. However, this situation was alleviated by demand from local companies. This trend should continue during the 2011-2013 forecast period, fuelled by an increase in economic activity, but in a more moderate fashion.
According to the 2006 census data, these workers are employed mainly in the following sectors: manufacturing; retail trade; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; wholesale trade; and transportation and warehousing.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The Target store chain is currently in a hiring period for its future establishment in the Joliette region with an opening scheduled for fall 2013 (available in French only)
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- The new IGA Crevier grocery store in Terrebonne opened on April 17. The store required a $10M investment; 50 new jobs will be added to the 70 existing ones. (available in French only)
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- A new IGA Extra supermarket recently opened in Saint-Sauveur following an investment of $6M. The arrival of this new business has created over 100 jobs. (available in French only)
- A new IGA Extra supermarket will be opening in mid-April in Galeries Laval in Laval. Construction cost $12M. This investment will create 160 new jobs, approximately one-third of which will be full time. (available in French only)
Week of Feb 18 – Feb 22, 2013
- The Portes Belhumeur door manufacturer, a division of Masonite based in Berthierville, announced that 45 employees will lose their jobs permanently over the next few weeks following a slump in the company’s sales. The factory employed 190 people. (available in French only)
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