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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 London 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|
|London Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-11-19|
The employment prospects for truck drivers in the London-Woodstock region are expected to be fair for 2012-2013. According to the 2006 census, there were about 7,600 truck drivers in the region, an increase of about 9% from the previous census. It is the third largest occupation in this region. Truckers have a slightly older age profile when compared to all occupations in the region. With about 39% of the workers over the age of 50, some new opportunities may arise as a result of retirements.
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 NewsWeek of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014
- General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada in London obtained a 14-year contract to design and manufacture armoured vehicles for Saudi Arabia. The project is expected to support about 1,200 jobs in southern Ontario and another several hundred jobs nationally.
- Invacare Corporation will be closing its plant in London by mid-2014, resulting in the loss of up to 71 jobs. The company manufactures health care-related equipment and furniture for long-term care facilities.
- Natra is receiving a $2.85M provincial loan assistance as it establishes a chocolate manufacturing facility in London, creating about 56 jobs in the region
- Takumi Stamping Canada Inc., an automotive parts manufacturer, has temporarily laid off 50 workers in St. Thomas. A recall date is currently unknown.
- The Dr. Oetker's pizza plant in London is accepting applications to fill more than 125 food production jobs
- Wescast Industries Inc., an auto parts manufacturer, will be closing its Strathroy plant near London, affecting the approximately 40 remaining employees
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