Truck Drivers 


Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes.


Work: Truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties: , Operate and drive straight or articulated trucks weighing over 4,600 kg with three or more axles to transport goods/materials; Oversee all aspects of vehicles such as pre-trip inspection of vehicle systems, condition of equipment, loading/unloading, and safety/security of cargo; Obtain special permits/other documents required to transport cargo on international routes; Record cargo information, distance travelled, fuel consumption, and other information in a log book or an on-board computer; Receive and relay information to a central dispatcher; Drive as part of a team or convoy, and transport hazardous products or dangerous goods; Communicate with dispatcher and other drivers using Citizen's Band (CB) radio, Internet, cellular phone, and on-board computer.

Title Examples: Driver, Transport Driver, Truck Driver, Trucker

Useful Secondary School subjects: Mechanics, English, First Aid

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: You usually need a high school diploma. , You usually receive on-the-job training. , You must have a Class "D" licence to drive straight trucks. , You need a Class "A" license to drive articulated trucks. , Drivers who operate vehicles equipped with air brakes must have air brake endorsements. , You need Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) certification to transport hazardous products or dangerous goods. , With experience or additional training, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor, driver trainer, safety officer or truck dispatcher. , Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 1in 4 have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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