Often overlooked by drivers looking for a foot in the door in the trucking industry, jobs as Shunt Drivers at warehouse facilities are a great way to get experience with equipment, and an opportunity to handle a great deal of freight without having to travel too far. In fact, most shunt drivers spend their whole day in one yard.Moving trailers from the dock where they’re loaded to the yard for storage and later pickup is essential to the operation of any warehouse.
The docks themselves are very busy, and as soon as a trailer is full (or empty) it needs to make way for another one. This “back and forth” movement is called shunting, and many warehouses employ a driver expressly for this purpose.You’ll need to be organized, and able to deal with paperwork and data entry. You’ll need to be able to pick up and drop trailers in all kinds of conditions, sometimes in very crowded lots. Drivers who have worked as shunt drivers early in their careers will never be intimidated when making deliveries to warehouses, because they’ve become experts at backing trailers into tight spaces.Shunt driving jobs are often considered “entry level” trucking jobs, because they tend to pay less than short or long haul cargo jobs, and may occasionally entail physical work in loading or unloading trucks, depending on the employer.
They can, however, lead to other jobs in the industry, both on the trucking side and on the warehousing and logistics side of the operation.First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking. Our instructors have years of experience in the business, and have helped countless people down the road to rewarding careers in one of the country’s fastest growing industries. To find out more about careers in the trucking industry, and the steps you need to take in order to make it happen, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.