Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

September 19, 2005 10:43 ET

Ontario Trucking Association: Career Opportunities Abound in Trucking Industry

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 18, 2005) - If you are looking for an exciting, challenging career that has a solid future, look no further than the trucking industry. The trucking industry is marking National Trucking Week from September 18 - 24 at which time it spotlights the contributions made by the more than 400,000 Canadian men and women who work in the industry. The week also serves as a platform to raise awareness of the many exciting and challenging career opportunities the industry offers.

A recent study shows that about 37,000 new truck drivers will be needed each year between now and 2008, for a total of 224,000 which can make trucking an attractive career choice for young people, especially given that Canadian truck drivers earn more than the national average.

For the most part, people tend to equate the job of driving with the trucking industry but there are many other people who contribute to the movement of freight. Behind every driver is a team of dedicated people who play key roles in keeping trucks and the economy moving.

From the sales people who find the freight to move, to the people who hire drivers and buy trucks and trailers, right through to the people who manage the information technology and accounting functions, there is a broad range of career opportunities in the truck transportation industry.

Here are some careers to consider:

Information Technology -- The transportation industry relies heavily on many different technologies, from pc systems and software to midrange business systems to the internet. Since the majority of the workforce is mobile, the transportation industry has been an early adopter of wireless systems. Every facet of the company relies on technology of some sort - from the front office administration, the operations department, the maintenance shop, in the cabs of the trucks and right up the top management of the company. As such, there are a wide variety of opportunities available in the industry.

The Dispatch & Operations function is the nerve centre of a trucking company. This is where the most critical operational and sometimes, financial decisions are made. The operations function is responsible for ensuring that the customers' needs are met. This means making sure that the right equipment, drivers and loads are appropriately matched to ensure the timely and safe delivery of the freight.

Administration -- Like any business, a significant component involves the administration component. Just as operations keeps the trucks rolling, the administration function keeps the business rolling. The people behind the scenes play a critical role in keeping the business functional and solvent. Administrative responsibilities range from sales and marketing, payroll, accounting and human resource management to the more trucking specific roles in licensing and sales and fuel tax functions.

Safety and Loss Prevention -- The safety and loss prevention function at a road transportation company is an important one. Safety and loss prevention include many components ranging from training of personnel in safe operating and driving procedures to administering drug and alcohol testing, to developing and implementing policies that reduce personal injury, cargo, and equipment loss claims.

Professional Transport Drivers -- Trucks don't move without drivers. And by extension, the freight they carry won't move either. Those who elect to drive professionally have very important jobs. The strength of Canada's economy is dependent on the ability to keep goods moving in a timely and safe means by road. The job of a professional transport driver is one of very few that shares its workplace with the public. As such, drivers need to approach their jobs with the utmost professionalism. Being a professional transport driver involves more than driving.

Dock and Warehouse -- People in dock and warehouse operations play a key role in the movement of goods since they represent the physical link that ensures that the freight is accurately and efficiently loaded and unloaded on and off trucks. The required skills can be used in a "cross-dock" facility or equally as well in a full warehousing environment. In "cross-docking", goods are transferred between local pick-up and delivery trucks and line haul vehicles to enhance productivity and efficiency. Warehousing continues to play an increasingly important role in inventory management and customer service.

Fleet Maintenance -- Maintaining trucks, truck-tractors, and trailers in peak condition is a critical part of any road transportation business. Revenue is only generated when goods are moved, and the goods can't move when the required equipment is in ill repair. Moreover, safe and properly functioning equipment is a legal requirement.

For more information careers in the trucking industry, visit our careers web site: www.ontruck.org/careers

Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is a business association representing motor carriers operating into, out of and within Ontario. The trucking industry is one of Ontario's largest employers. Trucks haul 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs produced and consumed in the province and 80% of Ontario's trade with the United States. Founded in 1926, the association's membership comprises trucking companies of all sizes, shipping all types of commodities, from all regions of North America. OTA is a member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Ontario Trucking Association
555 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 1H8

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