Why You Should Choose A Career In Trucking

Have you ever seen the advertisements with smiling drivers giving the thumbs up while standing in front of a big rig? Ever wonder what a day in the life of a trucker is like? If you are curious about a career in trucking, you have come to the right place!  A career as a truck driver can be extremely rewarding.

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Benefits to a Career in Trucking

Below are just some of the reasons life as a truck driver may be for you!

  • 1 There are always a variety of employment opportunities. Finding a job as a truck driver is relatively easy to do as there is plenty of work available.
  • 2 The trucking industry is growing.
  • 3 There is a lot of autonomy and self-direction.
  • 4 You can earn a stable income making good money.
  • 5 You get opportunities to travel to many different places.
  • 6 Trucking offers a flexible schedule.
  • 7 Many trucking companies offer benefits for you and your family.
  • 8 There are different challenges every day
  • 9 Quick start to a new career! CDL training can be done in as little as 8 weeks and you can be employed almost immediately!

Learn more about life as a truck driver on our industry blog.

Commercial Trucking FAQ

How Difficult Is It To Obtain A Job In Trucking?

You can obtain a job almost immediately after your training is complete. There are many trucking employment opportunities available in the trucking industry today.

What Are The Requirements To Obtain A Full Class A License?
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a valid Ontario license other than G1, G2, M, M1 or M2
  • Pass a vision test
  • Submit a valid medical report
  • Pass a knowledge test about operating large trucks and tractor-trailers
  • Complete a mandatory entry level training course
  • Pass a road test using a vehicle that meets the requirements for a full Class A.

This includes:

A trailer with a Manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (MGVWR) of at least 4,600 kg.

A full air brake system on both the truck/ tractor and trailer.

Find out more information on how to obtain your CDL License here

What Are The Requirements To Obtain A Class D License?
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a valid Ontario license other than G1, G2, M, M1 or M2
  • Pass a vision test
  • Submit a medical report
  • Pass a knowledge test about operating large trucks
  • Pass a road test using a vehicle that meets the requirements for a Class D

Find out more information on how to obtain your CDL License here.

Where Do I Apply To Take The Required Tests To Obtain My CDL License?

You can apply to take the required tests at any DriveTest Centre.

What Types Of Trucking Careers Are Available?

One benefit of a career as a truck driver is the wide variety of job titles and specialized job types you can apply for. Graduates of CDL license training can look forward to driving any of the following:

Dry Van

Typically a 53-foot trailer of non-perishables.

Auto / Car Hauler

Extremely valuable cargo. With greater cargo responsibility often comes greater pay and benefits.

Bull Hauler

Cargo consists of live animals, primarily cattle.

Container Hauler

Transporting large, pre-loaded metal containers originating on ships or train cars.

Dedicated Driver

These jobs vary, but usually result in a more predictable schedule. Typically means a consistent route or a consistent customer.

Freight Hauler

Shippers and brokers often use this catch-all term to describe any commercial trucker.

Refrigerated Freight / Reefer

Freight (like seafood or perishable goods) that is usually time sensitive and must be kept at a specific temperature.

Flat-Bed Loads

Oversized loads (e.g. steel beams, excavation equipment, etc.) that won’t fit into a standard trailer.

Hazardous Materials Drivers

Typical loads include fuel, chemicals, compressed gas, etc.

Household Movers / Van Lines

Loading, unloading and driving means vigorous work and potentially, excellent pay.

Local Trucking Jobs/Pick-Up & Delivery (P&D)

Typically long days that pay by the hour. Home every night.

Low Boy Hauler/Heavy Equipment Hauler

Low-to-the-street, flatbed trailers hauling oversized cargo.

LTL Freight

LTL refers to “less than truckload” which may involve several customers and multiple stops. Driver typically loads and unloads the cargo.

Oilfield Trucking

Includes hauling oil, water, sand, and oilfield equipment.

OTR Trucking

OTR refers to “Over The Road” driving, or long haul trucking. Expect to average 500 miles per day, 100,000+ miles per year

Owner-Operator / Independent

An owner-operator owns his or her equipment and hauls on a contract basis. Overhead includes equipment purchases, fuel, maintenance, insurance and more.

Hoppers/Hauling Grain

Hopper trailers allow for easy loading and dumping of grain.

Tankers

Cargo includes liquids as well as gases.

Team Driving Jobs

One team member drives while the other sleeps or rests.

Contact TTSAO today to learn more about our accredited schools and how you can get started on your career as a truck driver.

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