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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 Yukon Territory
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|
|Yukon Territory||(3 of 3 stars)||2009-08-31|
Employment prospects for long-distance tractor-trailer drivers are very good with shortages frequently reported by industry sources.
Truck driver employment is sensitive to changing economic conditions. Good employment prospects exist for highway transport drivers with clean driving records and without criminal records. Some employers are reporting difficulty in finding suitable drivers with Class 1 licences. The number of owner-operators has been increasing for the last decade.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014
- The Ayamdigut campus of Yukon College in Whitehorse and the Yukon Research Centre are undergoing renovations that will improve program delivery and streamline student services and security
- The Government of Yukon has cancelled a plan to spend $13M to develop five affordable housing projects in Whitehorse
- The Yukon Housing Corporation is spending $1.5M towards the construction of affordable rental accommodations in Carmacks and Carcross
- The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board has issued new recommendations for consultations and facilities development for North American Tungsten's proposed Mactung mine site
- The Yukon Housing Corporation is seeking builders for a 48-unit seniors housing complex in Whitehorse
- The Government of Yukon, the City of Dawson and the owners of the Slinky mine have reached an agreement that will result in $1.3M worth of road construction, the development of residential lots and an end to placer mining in the area by 2017
- Yukon Energy plans to begin construction in June 2014 on a project that will convert the back-up generators at the Whitehorse hydro dam from diesel to liquefied natural gas
- The City of Whitehorse is spending $1.7M to widen the Robert Campbell Bridge over the Yukon River, providing bike lanes for cyclists on each side
- The Pelly barge, also known as the Ross River ferry, is set to start operating on June 9, 2014, with sailings subject to the river conditions
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