Go West! Opportunities for Truck Drivers in the Oil Sands

The petroleum industry in Canada is booming, thanks in large part to the establishment of large extraction operations in the Athabasca oil sands.Many stories of fantastic opportunities for workers willing to tolerate the harsh weather conditions, long hours, and hard work associated with the industry have been told around the country for more than a decade. Many of them are true. If you’re interested in a career in trucking, there is ample opportunity in the Oil Sands. According to Fort McMurray’s Labour Market Information website, there are more driving jobs in the area than there are qualified people to fill them.In Fort McMurray, Class 1 drivers can earn $25-$35 dollars an hour, Class 3 slightly less ($22-28). The hours can be long and the work hard, but the rewards are there.Because it’s a seller’s market, employee loyalty is particularly low, with drivers willing to jump to another company for only a small increase in pay. This has left employers frustrated and scrambling. Many are willing to pay part or all of the cost of training for new drivers in exchange for a commitment to work for them for a specific period of time.You can put yourself in a good position for employment in the Oil Sands trucking industry by acquiring a Class 3 or Class 1 license. First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg is an excellent choice for driver training, with an experienced instructional staff, quality curriculum, small class sizes and modern equipment. We can help you prepare yourself for a career behind the wheel.To take the first step toward your new career in Trucking, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

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