Variant of NOC 2011 - Analysis by skill level

751 - Motor vehicle and transit drivers

7511 - Transport truck drivers

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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bulk goods truck driver
    • dump truck driver
    • flatbed truck driver
    • logging truck driver
    • long haul truck driver
    • moving van driver
    • shunt truck driver
    • tow truck driver
    • transport driver
    • truck driver
    • truck driver, heavy truck
    • truck driver, tractor-trailer

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Drivers of light trucks (See 7514 Delivery and courier service drivers)
    • Snowplough and garbage truck drivers (See 7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers)
    • Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators (7305)
    • Truck dispatchers (See 1525 Dispatchers)
    • Truck driver helpers (See 7622 Railway and motor transport labourers)
    • Truck driver trainers (See 4021 College and other vocational instructors)
  • Main 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.

7512 - Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators

This unit group includes workers who drive buses and operate streetcars, subway trains and light rail transit vehicles to transport passengers on established routes. Bus drivers are employed by urban transit systems, school boards or transportation authorities and private transportation companies. Streetcar, subway and light rail transit operators are employed by urban transit systems.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bus driver
    • bus operator
    • light rail transit operator
    • motor coach driver
    • public passenger transit driver
    • school bus driver
    • sightseeing tour driver
    • streetcar operator
    • subway train operator
    • transit operator - transportation

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Supervisors and inspectors of bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators (See 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators)
  • Main duties

    Bus drivers and streetcar operators perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Drive buses or streetcars to transport passengers along established routes to local destinations
    • Drive buses to transport passengers and goods to intercity or long distance destinations
    • Drive sightseeing tour buses to transport passengers locally or over long distances
    • Drive buses equipped for wheelchair accessibility, and aid passengers in boarding
    • Provide passengers with information on fares, schedules and stops
    • Collect fares, issue and validate transfers, check bus passes and record transactions
    • Conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections of vehicle
    • Communicate with passengers, dispatchers or other drivers using two-way radio systems
    • Report delays, mechanical problems and accidents
    • May provide information on points of interest during sightseeing tours
    • May load and unload passengers' luggage and express freight.

    School bus drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Drive school buses to transport children between school and home or on excursions
    • Ensure children's safety when boarding and leaving buses and crossing street while bus is stopped
    • Maintain control of student activities during travel to prevent distractions or behaviours that could compromise safety
    • May transport adults outside of school hours on chartered trips.

    Subway train and light rail transit operators perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate subway or rail transit vehicles as part of two-person crew
    • Observe signals at crossings and arrival and departure points
    • Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors
    • Report delays, malfunctions and accidents to control unit
    • Ensure passenger safety and welfare in emergencies, and direct passengers during evacuation procedures.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Up to three months of on-the-job training, including classroom instruction, is usually provided for all occupations in this unit group.
    • A minimum of one year of safe driving experience is required.
    • Bus drivers require a Class B, C, E or F driver's licence in Ontario, and a Class 2 driver's licence is required in all other provinces and the territories.
    • An air brakes endorsement and first aid certificate may be required.
    • Experience as a public transit bus driver is usually required for subway and light rail transit operators.
    • A three-year program leading to the Certified Professional Bus Operator (CPBO) designation is available for bus drivers.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to transit supervisory positions, inspector or training instructor positions is possible with experience.

7513 - Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs

Taxi and limousine drivers drive automobiles and limousines to transport passengers. Chauffeurs drive automobiles and limousines to transport personnel and visitors of businesses, government or other organizations or members of private households. Taxi and limousine drivers are employed by taxi and other transportation service companies, or they may be self-employed. Chauffeurs are employed by businesses, government and other organizations, or private individuals or families.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • airport limousine driver
    • company chauffeur
    • limousine driver
    • private chauffeur
    • taxi driver

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators (7305)
    • Taxi dispatchers (See 1525 Dispatchers)
  • Main duties

    Taxi and limousine drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Pick up passengers and drive them to destinations in taxicabs or limousines
    • Help passengers with luggage and with boarding and exiting vehicles and assist passengers with special needs
    • Collect flat-rate or taximeter fares
    • Maintain travel logs and record cash and credit transactions
    • Maintain contact with taxi dispatch unit
    • Clean and make minor repairs to vehicle or take vehicle for servicing
    • May provide pick up and delivery services on request.

    Chauffeurs perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Pick up or meet employer according to request, appointment or schedule
    • Drive employer to destinations in automobile or limousine
    • Perform business and personal errands for employer such as delivering and picking up mail, business documents and parcels
    • Clean and make minor repairs to vehicle or take vehicle for servicing.
  • Employment requirements

    • Some secondary school education is usually required.
    • A minimum of one year of safe driving experience is usually required.
    • A Class G driver's licence is required in Ontario, and a Class 4 driver's licence is required in all other provinces and the territories.
    • Taxi and limousine drivers require good knowledge of the geographical area to be covered and may have to pass written street/building location and safety examinations.
    • Taxi drivers usually require a municipal permit.
    • First aid certification may be required.
  • Additional information

    • Mobility from taxi or limousine driver to chauffeur is possible with experience.

7514 - Delivery and courier service drivers

Delivery and courier service drivers drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products. They are employed by dairies, drug stores, newspaper distributors, take-out food establishments, dry cleaners, mobile caterers, courier and messenger service companies and many other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bread deliverer
    • canteen driver
    • courier service driver
    • delivery driver
    • driver salesperson
    • dry cleaning driver
    • mail service courier
    • newspaper delivery driver
    • pizza delivery driver
    • vending machine driver-supplier

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors (1513)
    • Delivery truck helpers (See 7622 Railway and motor transport labourers)
    • Dispatchers (1525)
    • Drivers of heavy trucks (See 7511 Transport truck drivers)
    • Garbage truck drivers (See 7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers)
    • Supervisors of delivery drivers (See 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators)
  • Main duties

    Delivery and courier service drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate and drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products, such as fast food, newspapers, magazines, bakery and dairy products, and items such as dry cleaning, envelopes, packages and parcels
    • Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspection of vehicle
    • Plan delivery travel schedules and service routes
    • Load and unload cargo, goods or merchandise
    • Provide customer service by selling products, delivering over established routes and accepting or making payments for goods
    • Record information on pick-ups and deliveries, vehicle mileage and fuel costs and report any incidents or problems encountered
    • May scan and sort freight or cargo for delivery
    • May assemble, install or set-up delivered goods or merchandise
    • May communicate with central dispatch using mobile communications equipment.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • A driver's licence appropriate to the class of vehicle being driven is required.
    • One year of safe driving experience is usually required.
    • On-the-job training is provided.
    • Eligibility for bonding and transportation of dangerous goods (TGD) certification may be required for delivery and courier drivers.
  • Additional information

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