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Oil and Gas Transportation Operator

NOC #73300

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education High school diploma
  • Average salary $60,000 to $98,000

Career profile

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 drive special purpose trucks and equipment that move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots. They also 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.
Oil and gas services

In this occupation activities may include:

  • Checking vehicles to ensure that the mechanical, safety and emergency equipment is in good working order
  • Maintaining logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status as per applicable provincial and federal regulations
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Reading bills of lading to determine assignment details
  • Performing basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fueling up and performing minor repairs
  • Planning trip logistics and obtaining the required documentation to transport goods


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


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG)
  • Oilfield driver awareness
  • Ground disturbance


  • 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
  • Minimal or no travel
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Physical work
  • Work away from home/in camps

You enjoy being challenged. You are mechanically inclined and actually have legislated requirements to inspect and operate the equipment you transport.

  • Mechanics
  • Selecting equipment
  • Maintaining equipment
  • Monitoring operations
  • Controlling operations
  • Customer and personal service
  • Managing material resources
  • Instructing
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail