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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||(3 of 3 stars)||2014-07-31|
For the 2013-2015 period, employment opportunities for truck drivers are expected to be good in the London economic region. This was the fifth largest occupation in the region with a labour force of about 7,000 at the time of the 2011 National Household Survey.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014
- The GM CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll announced plans to hire up to 120 part-time workers
- DAVWIRE (Defense & Aviation Wiring Inc.) is expanding its facilities in London and will add about 12 positions as a result of entering into an agreement to acquire the manufacturing division of Rutter Inc. of St. John's, Newfoundland
- The Kellogg's Canada Inc. plant in London will be laying off about 300 workers in September and 180 workers upon the plant's closure in December
- Aecon Construction and Materials Limited has been awarded a $17.8M project by the Government of Ontario and the City of London to build a new interchange at Highway 401 and Wonderland Road, supporting 180 construction jobs
- General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada in London secured a $67M contract with the Peruvian Ministry of Defence for 32 light-armoured vehicles
- McCormick Canada, a producer of spices and other food products in London, will be expanding production and adding 40 jobs, including some former Kellogg employees
- London International Airport will be adding direct flights twice-daily to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey
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