Originally, a teamster referred to a person who drove a truck, but now a teamster typically refers to any person who is part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is a large multinational trade union, which represents truck drivers as well as many other professions, such as many of the manual labor positions on movie sets, port workers, brewery workers, industrial trade, and warehousing.

Great physical health and strength.

Ability to work independently.

Great mechanical skills.


  • Transport persons and materials.
  • Operate and drive straight or articulated trucks and lighter, special-purpose trucks.
  • Plan routes and meet delivery schedules.
  • Perform preventive maintenance, trip inspections and emergency roadside repairs.
  • Record cargo information, service hours, distance travelled and fuel consumption.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Works well independently.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Intermediate to expert math skills.
  • Excellent communication and computer skills.
  • Patience, alertness and awareness.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High school or equivalent. Complete a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $37-$38

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

The Teamsters Union originally represented horse team drivers and stable hands. Over time, it now represents a wide variety of occupations.