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Oil and Gas Transportation Operator

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About This Career

Oil and Gas Transportation Operators transport equipment, liquid and gas products and other supplies that are used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas.

Oil and Gas Transportation Operators include drivers of special purpose trucks and shunters that move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots. In addition to transport trucks, Oil and Gas Transportation Operators operate specialized truck equipment designed for the oil and gas industry. The typical roles in this occupation include:

  • Bed Truck Operators operate trucks designed with a flat deck, winch and pulleys that move rig buildings, derricks, matting and other oilfield equipment. They operate crawler-tractors equipped with large front blades to move obstacles and back rippers to tear up terrain. They also clear and level dirt, sand, rock and gravel on construction and mining sites.
  • Bulk Haul Truck Operators operate trucks with a vessel or tank used to transport liquid, natural gas products, dry bulk commodities (e.g., cement) and other supplies.
  • Multi-wheel Truck Operators operate multi-wheel trucks consisting of a truck and trailer that are used primarily for over-weight loads or loads requiring permits.
  • Winch Tractor Operators operate winch tractors, heavy-duty trucks outfitted with a winch. Winches are used to load and unload rig loads onto trailers without the use of cranes. They are also used to transport loads requiring permits.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Rigger, Truck Driver, Bed Truck Operator, Bulk Haul Truck Operator, Multi-wheel Truck Operator, Winch Tractor Operator, Trucking Supervisor

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Checking vehicles to ensure that the mechanical, safety and emergency equipment is in good working order.
Following the appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
Determining Compliance
Driving trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes in compliance with government regulations.
Documenting/Recording Information
Maintaining logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status as per applicable provincial and federal regulations.
Obtaining receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collecting payment for services when required.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Assisting the Truck Operator in conducting pre- and post-trip inspections.
Conducting inspections of vehicles and auxiliary equipment to ensure standards are met.
Performing General Physical Activities
Loading and unloading trucks.
Processing Information
Reading bills of lading to determine assignment details.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Performing basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fueling up and performing minor repairs.
Scheduling Work and Activities
Planning trip logistics and obtaining the required documentation to transport goods.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Resolving problems and recommending measures to improve productivity and product quality.
Thinking Creatively
Establishing methods to meet work schedules.
Public Safety and Security
Equipment Maintenance
Operation Monitoring
Equipment Selection
Operation and Control
Career Path
  • Movement between different types of trucks used in the oil and gas industry
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Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
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    Shift Work
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
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Careers also exist in the following industries:
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Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services


7511, 8412

Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Oilfield Driver Awareness
  • Ground Disturbance
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)


  • A Class 3 licence is required to drive straight-body trucks
  • A Class 1 licence is required to drive long-combination vehicles

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test