I am curious. I notice in the US blogs that truckers are having a hard time finding jobs because they don't have a year or more of experience. Others had to stop trucking and now they want to start again but are being told they have been out of it too long or their interruption is more than their driving experience. Are there any Canadians having this problem or is it just the Americans?
There must be a resolution to this problem or is it that I haven't discovered it yet. This must be leaving a lot of competent drivers out in the cold. It is really starting to depress me with the abundance of these claims and the industry wonders why there is a driver shortage.
Seems to me the industry is the cause of their own problem of driver shortage.
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My wife is in exactly the position you write of. She has a class one licence but has had no luck finding a job. Of the companies that offer a reason when they turn her down, most mention her lack of experience. A couple were straight forward enough to say her gender is the problem as they have no female drivers with which she can train and male drivers won't due to the friction it may cause with their wife or girlfriend. She has applied to 40 or so companies with no success. It is going on three years since she was licenced and she has all but given up. I'm going to begin training and hopefully, after a few years, I'll be able to train her. I do find it odd that so many companies advertise experience only yet are perpetually looking for drivers. Understandable I suppose considering the cost of equipment.
I have just gotten my ACZ at the end of November, and my boyfriend has had his AZ for a few years with experience in just about everything but truck and semi-trailer. We are both considered to be inexperienced, and so we have both been having trouble getting work in this field. I understand that once we have a couple of years of experience, we be set, but who out there will give us that experience?
RickG made a great point.
I got my class 3 (driving straight trucks) with airbrakes in the oilfield. It was FREE.
When I wanted to drive a tractor/trailer, I got a job with where I'm at before I even got my license. The boss interviewed me and liked my background and personality. He said I'm hired as long as I pass my driving test. I spent 2 days at a driving school to get used to a trailer, and took my written and driving test. Passed both on the first try.
If you want to get your class 1 license for free (CDL/AZ whatever you call it license to drive the tractor/trailer in your area) you can get it through the oilfield. A person just has to apply to companies such as Sanjel, Century, Halliburton, Schlumberger, various wireline companies, etc and they will cover the cost of training and give you some pretty solid paycheques as well.
There are tons of driving jobs advertised in Alberta. Long-haul, local, agricultural, oilfield, cement, anything!
desperate, maybe I can find a desperate company in Alberta that
will take a experienced trucker with a (former) now correctly
adjusted bad attitude haha. If Im fairly payed I wouldn't have a
problem with any job. Do any of those oilfield jobs pay by the hour ?
or are they trip/contract/flat rate/mileage or anything that means
they dont really wanna pay you for all the time you put in ?
get you to orientation and then hand you a truck. You just gotta be
careful what company you work for. You got to remember that no matter
how much companies preach about how they care about their drivers and
drivers home time ect is a priority its all bullcrap. The more they keep you
grinding out loads the more money they make. If there is a problem your
2000 miles from home. Just remember they will most likely send you home
on a bus if you quite if your lucky. If you get tired or burnt out they dont
care, so any reduction in service cause you have been stuck in the truck
for 3 months is going to be rewarded with threats or firings. Welcome to
long haul. Trans-x, Cool-x, Bison, to name a few would probably fly you
out immediatly but dont excpect them to do anything but run you like a
dog until you are burnt out and quite. But It could get you some money
in the bank before you can find one of those small mom and pop
companies that actually treat you like a human.
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