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73300 – Transport truck drivers

Transport truck drivers drive straight trucks or tractor-trailers to transport freight. Long-haul truck drivers operate heavy trucks over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes, while short-haul and local transport truck drivers operate over urban and short interurban routes. They are employed by transportation, manufacturing, distribution and moving companies, and trucking employment service agencies, or they may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • Bulk goods truck driver
  • Dump truck driver
  • Flatbed truck driver
  • Heavy truck driver
  • Logging truck driver
  • Long haul truck driver
  • Moving van driver
  • Shunt truck driver
  • Tow truck driver
  • Tractor-trailer truck driver
  • Transport driver
  • Truck driver

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Long-haul transport truck drivers
    • 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
    • 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.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training
Major group
73 – General trades
Sub-major group
733 – Transportation occupations
Minor group
7330 – Transport truck and transit drivers
NOC 2021 Version 1.0
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