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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 Windsor-Sarnia 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
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The employment prospects for truck drivers in the Windsor-Sarnia region are expected to be fair for 2012-2013. According to the 2006 census, there were about 7,700 truck drivers in the region, an increase of about 22% from the previous census. While demand has slowed somewhat over the past few years due to the decline in the manufacturing sector, recent government stimulus spending on infrastructure projects has added opportunities within construction. Truckers are the fourth largest occupation in this labour market area due to the region's proximity to the Detroit border crossing which provides a commercial link to the United States. Truck drivers have a slightly older age profile when compared to all occupations in the region. With about 35% of the workers over the age of 50, some new opportunities may arise as a result of workers who leave or retire.
In Ontario, the outlook for truck drivers is expected to be fair for 2012-2013. According to the 2006 census, there were about 111,000 truck drivers in Ontario, an increase of nearly 19% from the previous census. This is one of the larger occupation groups in the Ontario labour force. Due to its substantial size many opportunities will come from turnover as workers leave for other jobs. Demand for truck drivers fluctuates with economic conditions, especially in manufacturing, wholesale trade and construction. Employment growth in the occupation has moderated over the last few years due to softer economic conditions within the province and in the United States. Truck drivers carry goods to markets within Ontario and inter-provincially, and to a large extent south of the border.
Technology has had a big impact on the trucking industry. Trucks are now more efficient and safer to operate, but they are also more mechanically complex. Emerging training needs for drivers include computer skills, electronic technologies, defensive driving, inspection, trouble-shooting and customer relations. Truck drivers with experience and a clean driver abstract will have the best job prospects, especially if they are bondable and have other certification such as carrying dangerous goods. Long-haul drivers will have better prospects than most other types of drivers because of higher reported turnover. The working conditions, such as long work hours and being away from home, are listed as one of the main causes for the high turnover rates in this occupation. Employment potential for workers under age 25 may be lower due to higher insurance costs for employers.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Jun 03 – Jun 07, 2013
- German-based manufacturer Krinner Group recently opened a plant in Chatham, will hire up to 20 employees including administrators, operators, welders and forklift drivers
- The Town of Lakeshore in Essex County has approved a 74-lot subdivision by developer Marcel St. John with construction expected to begin this summer
- Wellington Builders of Lambton County will begin construction at the end of this month on a $14.6M project to expand St. Christopher Catholic Secondary School in Sarnia
Week of May 13 – May 17, 2013
- Waterville TG Inc. plans to hire between 60 to 80 workers for its Petrolia manufacturing plant near Sarnia by the end of this year
- Windsor's Sherway Contracting Ltd. and Chatham’s Henry Hyink Construction Ltd. will complete three watermain and road re-construction projects in Leamington worth about $1.7M
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- A ground breaking ceremony for the $100M South Kent Wind Project, located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent was held on May 1st
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Construction of $2.2M science labs at Dresden high school to commence late spring
- Construction of a 32,000 sq.-ft. building at new Leamington industrial park has started
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