Thinking about being a trucker

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by Nik5551, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Nik5551

    Nik5551 Bobtail Member

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    Hey there, I’m 23 and looking to become a pilot but the schooling for that is incredibly expensive. Just wondering if anyone here Thinks it would be a decent option to drive for a few years to get some money so that I can pursue that. I’m not too worried about how demanding the job is, I’m more just looking for anything that I can get into fairly easily that would pay decently well
     
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  3. Weekend Warrior

    Weekend Warrior Bobtail Member

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    Where are you located? A Class 1A license in Sask will set you back $10k and 4 weeks of time...........I'd consider that incredibly expensive as well, and the opposite of something you can get into fairly easily.
     
  4. Nik5551

    Nik5551 Bobtail Member

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    I’m in Bc. $10k I could scrounge you somehow, but pilot programs are regularly about $70k. Just looking for something that I can get into in a few months instead of getting some sort of certification that would take a few years in college to get
     
  5. Weekend Warrior

    Weekend Warrior Bobtail Member

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    Still, $10k for something you'll only use for a few months sounds kinda crazy to me............but that's just me. Not sure what the costs, etc are for BC, though.
     
  6. Nik5551

    Nik5551 Bobtail Member

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    Mostly just wondering if it’s viable to go from nothing to getting a job fairly quickly and making decent money within 2-3 years
     
  7. Dave124

    Dave124 Bobtail Member

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    $2500 will get you training and a license in BC still.
    However I think you can make more money in the short term doing something else, I would look for a job with one of the companies building the Coastal Gaslink pipeline (Macro, Surerus, SA Energy, PAPC, Aecon). All have employment openings, skilled and non-skilled work.
     
  8. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Medium Load Member

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    I'm kinda doing the same thing as well, but working on my PPL instead. There is money to be made for sure. First year I made $42,000 after taxes as a first year driver. It wasn't ALOT but paying no rent or bills it was enough for me. About a year and a half of total experience so far and making $1600 a week pulling reefer.
     
  9. 3noses

    3noses Light Load Member

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    Don't do it, it will be the biggest mistake of your life. Trucking in Canada and the US is quite possibly the worst choice you could make. Any thing else, and try to get into a craft/trade that is either all or mostly union. You will have a life, a steady paycheck, and a pension at the end. Think about it...
     
  10. bonder45

    bonder45 Medium Load Member

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    I’m pretty sure the fed mandated 100+ hours of truck training due to the Humbolt accident a few years ago.

    Meaning getting your license will cost between 10-20k now ( depending where you are )
     
  11. AModelCat

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    Unions are a joke. I turned wrenches at a huge dealer chain in western Canada. After 5 years I got handed layoff papers due to lack of work coming in. Meanwhile all the lazy guys are still working there simply because they had seniority. I prefer to have my job security rest on my work ethic rather than just because I've been there longer. Paying money for the privillege of a job is nothing but a scam IMO.
     
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