About This Career
Warehouse Technicians are responsible for products within a warehouse environment. Specifically, they receive, store and issue materials, equipment, and other items from the stockroom, warehouse, or storage yards. In the oil and gas industry, Warehouse Technicians may also 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. They keep records and compile stock reports and may process orders from supplier company facilities/plants or external customers.
Warehouse Technicians interact with internal and external clients and warehouse supervisory staff. They use equipment such as forklifts, dollies, hand lifts, cranes, etc. to move materials. They may need experience in Cycle Count Process and inventory/warehouse management processes.
Education: This occupation requires a high school diploma and some employers may require a supply chain management diploma or trades certification.
Employment: The Warehouse Technicians are employed in onshore and offshore environments in exploration and production, oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors in oil and gas industry.
Example Titles: Distribution and Transport Logistics Technician, Freight Forwarding Technician, Material Handlers, Storage Workers, Receivers, Warehouse Workers, Fork Truck Operator, Railway Car Loader, Supply Control Coordinator, Receiving Supervisor or Stock Clerks.
- Equipment Operator
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
- Truck transportation
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Warehousing and storage
- Rail transportation
- Forestry and logging
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Wood product manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Business and Operations Support
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- H2S Alive
- Traffic control
- In some jurisdictions, materials handlers require apprentice certificates or a journeyman’s ticket.
- Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified partspersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
- Trade certification for partspersons is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories.
- Experience in a related clerical occupation, or as a warehouse worker, may be required for partspersons.
- Physical strength is required for manual material handlers who work with heavy materials.