NOC 7511 – Transport truck drivers


  • automobile carrier driver
  • automobile transport driver
  • bulk goods truck driver
  • bulk milk truck driver
  • cement truck driver – construction
  • coal hauler (except underground mining)
  • dangerous goods truck driver
  • dump truck driver
  • dumpster truck driver
  • escort – transportation
  • explosives truck driver
  • flatbed truck driver
  • freight truck driver
  • fuel oil truck driver
  • gasoline truck operator
  • gravel hauler
  • gravel truck driver
  • groceries long haul driver
  • heavy truck driver
  • hydrovac truck operator
  • LCV (long combination vehicule) driver
  • line-haul driver
  • liquid fertilizer truck driver
  • log hauler
  • log truck driver
  • logging truck driver
  • long combination vehicule (LCV) driver
  • long distance truck driver
  • long haul driver
  • long haul tractor-trailer driver
  • long haul truck driver
  • low-bed semi-trailer driver
  • mobile cement mixer driver
  • mobile concrete mixer driver
  • moving truck driver
  • moving van driver
  • muskeg tractor operator
  • oil transport driver
  • ready-mix driver – construction
  • ready-mix truck driver
  • short haul truck driver
  • shunt truck driver
  • shunter – trucking
  • shunter truck driver
  • tank truck driver
  • tow truck driver
  • tractor-trailer truck driver
  • transport driver
  • truck driver
  • truck mixer driver – construction
  • truck operator
  • truck owner operator
  • trucker
  • truck-trailer driver

Job Duties

Long-haul transport truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and drive primarily tractor-trailor, long-combination vehicle and straight-body trucks weighing over 4500 kg to transport goods and materials over long distances
  • Plan trip logistics and obtain required documentation to transport goods
  • Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection of vehicle systems, equipment and accessories such as tires, lights and turning signals, brakes and cold storage
  • Ensure cargo is secured properly in accordance with safety requirements and follow safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods
  • Obtain special permits and other documents required to transport cargo on international routes
  • Record cargo information, hours of service, distance travelled and fuel consumption
  • Administer bills of lading and manually or electronically maintain log books
  • Communicate with dispatcher, other drivers and customers using communication devices and on-board computers
  • May perform emergency roadside repairs
  • May drive as part of a two-person team or convoy
  • May transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.

Short-haul and local transport truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and drive primarily straight trucks to transport goods and materials mainly on local routes and short inter-urban routes
  • Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection and oversee all aspects of vehicle such as condition of equipment, and loading and unloading of cargo
  • May drive special purpose trucks such as tow trucks, dump trucks, hydrovac trucks or cement mixing trucks.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job-training is provided.
  • Completion of an accredited driver training course of up to three months duration, through a vocational school or community college, may be required.
  • A Class 3 or D licence is required to drive straight-body trucks.
  • A Class 1 or A licence is required to drive long combination vehicles.
  • Air brake endorsement (Z) is required for drivers who operate vehicles equipped with air brakes.
  • Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certification is required for drivers who transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.
  • Additional licensing endorsement or certification may be required to drive articulated trucks.

Additional Information

  • Progression to supervisory positions or to non-driving occupations, such as driver trainer, safety officer or truck dispatcher is possible with additional training or experience.


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