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7511 – Transport truck drivers

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.


Index of titles

Example titles

Automobile carrier driver

Automobile transport driver

Bulk goods truck driver

Bulk milk truck driver

Cement truck driver – construction

Coal hauler (except underground mining)

Dangerous goods truck driver

Dump truck driver

Dumpster truck driver

Escort – transportation

Explosives truck driver

Flatbed truck driver

Freight truck driver

Fuel oil truck driver

Gasoline truck operator

Gravel hauler

Gravel truck driver

Groceries long haul driver

Heavy truck driver

Hydrovac truck operator

Line-haul driver

Liquid fertilizer truck driver

Log hauler

Log truck driver

Logging truck driver

Long combination vehicle (LCV) driver

Long distance truck driver

Long haul driver

Long haul tractor-trailer driver

Long haul truck driver

Low-bed semi-trailer driver

Mobile cement mixer driver

Mobile concrete mixer driver

Moving truck driver

Moving van driver

Muskeg tractor operator

Oil transport driver

Ready-mix driver – construction

Ready-mix truck driver

Short haul truck driver

Shunt truck driver

Shunter – trucking

Shunter truck driver

Tank truck driver

Tow truck driver

Tractor-trailer truck driver

Transport driver

Truck driver

Truck mixer driver – construction

Truck operator

Truck owner operator


Truck-trailer driver

Main duties

This group perform 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.


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