7511 Transport truck drivers

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Lead statement

Transport truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes. They are employed by transportation, manufacturing, distribution and moving companies, and trucking employment service agencies, or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes drivers of special purpose trucks and shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots.

Example Titles

  • dump truck driver
  • long haul truck driver
  • transport driver
  • tractor-trailer truck driver
  • bulk goods truck driver
  • shunt truck driver
  • flatbed truck driver
  • logging truck driver
  • heavy truck driver
  • moving van driver
  • truck driver
  • tow truck driver

Main duties

Long-haul transport truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and drive primarily tractor-trailor, long-combination vehicle and straight-body trucks weighing over 4500 kg to transport goods and materials over long distances
  • Plan trip logistics and obtain required documentation to transport goods
  • Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection of vehicle systems, equipment and accessories such as tires, lights and turning signals, brakes and cold storage
  • Ensure cargo is secured properly in accordance with safety requirements and follow safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods
  • Obtain special permits and other documents required to transport cargo on international routes
  • Record cargo information, hours of service, distance travelled and fuel consumption
  • Administer bills of lading and manually or electronically maintain log books
  • Communicate with dispatcher, other drivers and customers using communication devices and on-board computers
  • May perform emergency roadside repairs
  • May drive as part of a two-person team or convoy
  • May transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.

Short-haul and local transport truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and drive primarily straight trucks to transport goods and materials mainly on local routes and short interurban routes
  • Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection and oversee all aspects of vehicle such as condition of equipment, and loading and unloading of cargo
  • May drive special purpose trucks such as tow trucks, dump trucks, hydrovac trucks or cement mixing trucks.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job-training is provided.
  • Completion of an accredited driver training course of up to three months duration, through a vocational school or community college, may be required.
  • A Class 3 or D licence is required to drive straight-body trucks.
  • A Class 1 or A licence is required to drive long combination vehicles.
  • Air brake endorsement (Z) is required for drivers who operate vehicles equipped with air brakes.
  • Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certification is required for drivers who transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.
  • Additional licensing endorsement or certification may be required to drive articulated trucks.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions or to non-driving occupations, such as driver trainer, safety officer or truck dispatcher is possible with additional training or experience.

Exclusions

  • Drivers of light trucks (in 75147514 Delivery and courier service drivers)
  • Snowplough and garbage truck drivers (in 75227522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers)
  • Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators (73057305)
  • Truck dispatchers (in 15251525 Dispatchers)
  • Truck driver helpers (in 76227622 Railway and motor transport labourers)
  • Truck driver trainers (in 40214021 College and other vocational instructors)