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Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes. They are employed by transportation companies, manufacturing and distribution companies, moving companies and employment service agencies, or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots.
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- Operate and drive straight or articulated trucks, weighing over 4600 kg with three or more axles, to transport goods and material to destinations
- Oversee all aspects of vehicles, such as condition of equipment, loading and unloading, and safety and security of cargo
- Perform pre-trip inspection of vehicle systems and equipment such as tires, lights, brakes and cold storage
- Perform emergency roadside repairs
- Obtain special permits and other documents required to transport cargo on international routes
- Record cargo information, distance travelled, fuel consumption and other information in log book or on on-board computer
- Communicate with dispatcher and other drivers using two-way radio, cellular telephone and on-board computer
- May drive as part of a two-person team or convoy
- May transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.
- Operate and drive straight trucks to transport goods and materials over urban and short inter-urban routes
- May drive lighter, special purpose trucks such as tow trucks, dump trucks, hydrovac trucks or cement mixing trucks
- Perform pre-trip inspection and oversee all aspects of vehicles such as condition of equipment, and loading and unloading of cargo.
Outlook & Prospects for Truck Drivers in North Shore Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|North Shore Region||2011-08-25|
Currently the chances of qualified Truck Drivers finding employment are considered to be good in the local area. The main reason why the employment potential for this occupation is considered good is the regularly advertised vacancies for long-haul truck drivers (includes local, Maritime, Atlantic and cross border). This is a large occupation locally resulting in openings from retirements and general turnover. There are many potential employers noted for this occupation. This occupation would be considered a "good" opportunity for long-haul drivers but "fair" opportunity for the short haul drivers as their unemployed numbers (supply) are still fairly large and construction related work is mainly seasonal. Employment opportunities are especially good for individuals with Class 1 drivers' licenses willing to do long haul driving across North America, owner/operator and company drivers, where turnover is very high due to the long hours and challenging working conditions. Another factor contributing to the shortage of qualified truck drivers in Nova Scotia and across North America is the tightened border security which increased the level of regulation and documentation required from truckers.
Most employers require 2 years of experience, a clean driving abstract, a clean criminal record and a Class 1 Driver's license. Shiftwork is often required for local and long-haul work. Truck drivers are often required to work long hours and the average cost for training is $8000.00, so, potential workers should give some consideration to these factors before pursuing this career.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Truck Drivers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Truck Drivers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Three Guysborough county community groups will receive infrastructure funding from the federal government
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The province of Nova Scotia will provide a loan to Pollycello, an Amherst-based packaging manufacturer, to help maintain the 300 jobs at the plant
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Construction is expected to begin in the spring or early summer of 2013 on a new recreational and competitive rowing centre on Lochaber Lake
- Marinus Verhagen Enterprises Ltd. will begin building an asbestos disposal facility in McLellans Brook this spring and open it later in 2013
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
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