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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7511 Occupation: Transport truck drivers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Transport truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes. They are employed by transportation, manufacturing, distribution and moving companies, and trucking employment service agencies, or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes drivers of special purpose trucks and shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots. Transport truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes. They are employed by transportation, manufacturing, distribution and moving companies, and trucking employment service agencies, or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes drivers of special purpose trucks and shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2

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  • Read instructions and other short text in log books and on labels and packaging, e.g. read about electrical shock hazards on labels affixed to batteries. (1)
  • Read short notes from co-workers, e.g. read messages from dispatchers to learn about load drop-off locations. (1)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to safely handle hazardous materials you are transporting. (2)
  • Read bulletins, memos and guidelines, e.g. read bulletins to learn about changes to operating procedures and read guidelines to learn about border crossing procedures and requirements for security clearances. (2)
  • Read magazines and website articles, e.g. read trade magazines to broaden your knowledge of the trucking industry and stay current on new equipment and regulations. (3)
  • Read a variety of manuals and handbooks, e.g. read user manuals to learn how to operate vehicle systems and diagnose, troubleshoot and repair equipment faults. (3)
  • Read regulations, e.g. read regulations governing items, such as the transportation of dangerous goods, curfews, towing and requirements for pilot cars. (4)
  • Read contracts, e.g. read contracts to learn about hourly tariffs, insurance requirements, load details and the responsibilities of carriers and customers. (4)
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  • Write reminder notes to co-workers, e.g. write notes to warn drivers about faulty equipment. (1)
  • Write short comments on a variety of forms, e.g. write descriptions of equipment faults on vehicle inspection forms. (1)
  • Write longer text entries in forms, such as logbooks, e.g. write logbook entries to describe unusual events that occur during trips. (2)
  • Write reports, e.g. write detailed descriptions of accidents for use by insurance adjusters and police. (3)
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Document Use
  • Locate data, such as speed limits and grades, on road signs. (1)
  • Complete a variety of checklists, e.g. complete pre-trip and post-trip vehicle safety inspection checklists to record the operating condition of trucks. (1)
  • Scan digital and paper-based roadmaps to determine driving routes and distances. (2)
  • Locate information, such as telephone numbers, hours of operation and locations, in dealer directories. (2)
  • Locate data in a variety of tables, e.g. scan fuel tables to determine fuel consumption rates. (2)
  • Enter data into a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, times, locations, durations and quantities, into payroll forms, manifests and bills of lading. (2)
  • Scan assembly drawings, e.g. scan assembly drawings to determine the location of hoses, couplings and fittings. (3)
  • Study schematic drawings, e.g. scan wiring schematics to determine the location of fuses and to troubleshoot faults. (3)
  • Complete drivers' daily log books by entering data such as odometer readings, dates, distances, cycles, load numbers, weights, locations, driving times, rest periods and hours of service. (3)
  • Complete complex forms, e.g. complete daily vehicle inspection reports and U.S. customs forms by checking boxes and entering data, such as identification numbers, security clearances, dates, times, weights, durations and addresses. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use fleet tracking software to generate printouts of load information. (1)
  • Use global positioning systems (GPS) to locate travel routes and estimate travel times. (1)
  • Use fleet tracking software to send and record data, such as speeds, locations, routes and the status of equipment, such as auxiliary motors. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating rates of fuel consumption. (1)
  • Use fleet-management software to retrieve bills of lading and customer account information. (2)
  • Use browsers and search engines to learn about road conditions and access weather advisories. (2)
  • Use databases to access job assignments and forms. (2)
  • Use intranets and the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by trainers, suppliers, employers, associations and sector councils. (2)
  • Use hand-held and in-cab electronic logbook systems to track, email and fax information, such as load numbers, weights, locations, driving times, rest period requirements, hours of service and remaining drive times. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to communication over two-way and citizen band radios. (1)
  • Talk to shippers and other drivers as freight is loaded and unloaded. (1)
  • Talk to customers to respond to questions and provide details about shipping procedures and costs. (2)
  • Talk to dispatchers, drivers and supervisors about a variety of topics, e.g. discuss work assignments and drop-off procedures with supervisors. (2)
  • Exchange technical information with repairers, e.g. provide descriptions of equipment faults to help truck mechanics troubleshoot faults. (2)
  • Participate in meetings, e.g. discuss safe work practices, routes and logistics during team meetings. (2)
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Money Math
  • Receive cash, credit and debit card payments for cash-on-delivery (COD) and make change. (1)
  • Calculate expenses by adding the cost of meals, toll fees and other expenses incurred during travel. (2)
  • Calculate fees by multiplying distances traveled by per-kilometre rates. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Record expenses incurred during travel against categories of budgets. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure the width of loads using tape measures. (1)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare readings of electrical energy, temperature and pressure to operating norms. (1)
  • Calculate summary averages, e.g. calculate average driving speed and rate of fuel consumption. (2)
  • Analyze readings of electrical energy, temperatures and pressures to assess truck performance and troubleshoot faults, e.g. analyze energy and temperature readings to troubleshoot cooling system faults. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the time between pickups and deliveries. (2)
  • Estimate the sizes and weights of loads. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Truck drivers plan routes and timelines to make the most efficient use of resources and their time. Priorities are generally set out for them; however, in the event of truck breakdowns, they reprioritize tasks, co-ordinate with other drivers and possibly make arrangements to transfer loads to other vehicles. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Select travel routes. Consider timelines, loads, speed limits and road conditions. (1)
  • Decide how loads should be positioned for cartage. Consider weights, load distributions and centres of gravity. (2)
  • Decide if vehicles are safe to operate. Base decision on the severity of equipment faults discovered during pre-trip, en-route and post-trip inspections. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter delays due to weather, traffic conditions and equipment malfunctions. Phone dispatchers and loading dock personnel to arrange for late arrivals. (1)
  • Find that loads do not fit trucks. Adjust loads, try alternate loading methods and seek the assistance of co-workers. Request replacement vehicles if necessary. (2)
  • Encounter equipment malfunctions, e.g. refrigeration system breakdowns. Assess the severity of the malfunctions and make repairs when possible. Contact dispatchers and repairers and provide information about the malfunctions. Wait for the equipment to be repaired or use replacement vehicles to transport the goods to their destination. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Locate road and weather conditions by contacting travel hotlines, speaking with other drivers and reading advisories accessed using the Internet. (1)
  • Locate travel routes by referring to maps and using global positioning systems (GPS). (1)
  • Locate information about loads being transported by reading bills of lading and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and by speaking with dispatchers and customers. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the safety of road conditions. Consider weather and road conditions, spaces between vehicles, speeds and the behaviours of other drivers. (1)
  • Evaluate the performance of helpers, such as swampers. Consider your ability to assist with loading and unloading of merchandise. (2)
  • Evaluate the severity of vehicle faults to determine minor versus major defects. Consider pressure, temperature, energy readings, unusual vibrations, noises, odours and the outcomes of inspections. (2)
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