Monthly Archives: September 2012

Opportunities In The Trucking Industry

A commercial truck driver has delivered most items you see in any store, whether it is groceries or kitchen appliances. The demand for professional drivers has not diminished. There are plenty of opportunities for anyone considering truck driving as a career. Although many think of long haul driving when they think of trucking, there are many different kinds of truck driving positions.

Long Haul
For those looking for adventure, the long haul driver gets their fair share. Long haul drivers may be gone for days or weeks at a time and get to see the country. There are different ways to approach long haul driving. Some are paid employees or for-hire carriers, many lease their vehicles and then there are the owner operators. There is a freedom that many enjoy about the long haul trucking profession, whatever route you choose.

Short Haul
Some people entering the truck driving industry want the freedom of driving with the ability to be home every night with their families. There are companies that hire short haul drivers who may only do deliveries within a certain province or area, making it enticing for those who do not want to be gone for long periods of time.

Other Positions
There is an entire support staff who are also a part of the trucking industry, beyond just the drivers themselves. There are those who maintain the trucks, others who handle cargo and then the many support people who schedule the runs and do the behind-the-scenes operations. Canada has more than 500,000 people working in the trucking industry, making it a large community of people who all are working to make sure that goods are transported to where they need to go.

There are many positions and types of careers in the trucking industry and as people move on or retire, positions are open for those looking to start. Whether you want to drive or be behind the scenes, it is an industry that will be around for the foreseeable future!

Is Truck Driving For Me?

If you are considering the option of being a professional truck driver, take the decision seriously. However, it is a tough, demanding job and not a career that should be embarked upon on a whim.

For those who love being a professional truck driver, it is the best job in the world. It takes a certain personality and drive to be a long haul driver. The benefits can outweigh any drawbacks, if you fit the mold.

– Freedom. For those who do not mind being alone and work best without someone staring over their shoulder, this can be a good career choice. You must be self-motivated but for those who prefer to do things their own way, it may be a great fit.
– Travel. Seeing all parts of the country from the cab of a semi is what draws many to the job. Having an adventurous spirit that enjoys a change in scenery on a daily basis is a plus for any truck driver.

Truck driving can be a love it or hate it kind of job. It certainly is not for everyone. Because it does take training and special licensing, it is not something most will want to embark on as a temporary job.

– Long periods alone. For those who do long haul, you will be gone for days and sometimes, weeks at a time. Being alone is hard for some and being away from your family and friends can be tough.
– Long hours. Although you legally have to take a break, it is usually just to sleep and get back on the road.

Before deciding to become a truck driver you should talk to someone who has done it for several years. Then you can decide if truck driving is for you.

World’s Largest Truck Convoy 2012

Join First Class Training Centre on September 15, 2012, and many other army of truck drivers at the World’s Largest Truck Convoy in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Special Olymics Manitoba athletes.

Location: Oak Bluff at 11am and will travel counterclockwise around the Perimeter Highway (Hwy#101).

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy® is an international project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) working in conjunction with members of the trucking industry.

Last year, Manitoba’s convoy was the third largest in North America in terms of both, money raised and participants.  This year their goal is to make the Manitoba convoy the largest in North America.

Watch the 2011 Convoy