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Oil and Gas Transportation Services Occupations

Oil and gas transportation services occupations include bed truck operators, multi-wheel truck operators, bulk haul truck operators, winch tractor operators and supervisors. They transport the equipment and supplies used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources.

  • Avg. Salary $63,286.00
  • Avg. Wage $28.43
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook avg
  • Employed 44,800
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Bed Truck Operator, Bulk Haul Truck Operator, Driver, Multi-Wheel Truck Operator, Winch Tractor Operator

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Long-Haul Truck Drivers (7411.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Truck Drivers (H711) 
  • 2011 NOC: Transport truck drivers (7511) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Oil and Gas Transportation Services Occupations is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Long-Haul Truck Drivers

Interest in copying to record cargo information, distance travelled, fuel consumption and other information in log books or on on-board computers, and to obtain special permits and other documents required to transport cargo on international routes; and in performing pre-trip inspections of vehicle systems and equipment such as tires, lights, brakes, and cold storage


Interest in driving straight and articulated trucks to transport goods and materials; may drive as part of a two-person team or convoy, and may transport hazardous products and dangerous goods


Interest in speaking to communicate with dispatchers and other drivers using citizens' band (CB) radios, cellular telephones and on-board computers; and in overseeing all aspects and functions of vehicle such as condition of equipment, loading and unloading, and safety and security of cargo

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Feb 15, 2017

Oilfield transportation operations use specialized vehicles that are fitted with auxiliary equipment designed for:

  • the highway transport of all types of construction/plant equipment, pipe and camps
  • the off highway transport of equipment and supplies
  • moving overweight and over dimensional loads
  • the dismantling, transport and assembly of drilling and service rigs.

In Alberta, oil and gas transportation services is a designated occupation that includes: 

  • Supervisor - supervises and co-ordinates job operations, truck operators and other workers.
  • Bed Truck Operator - operates a bed truck which is a truck with a flat deck, winch and optional gin poles, used without a trailer to move rig buildings, derricks, matting and other miscellaneous oilfield equipment.
  • Multi-wheel Truck Operator - operates a multi-wheel truck which is a truck and trailer configuration that includes jeeps, trailers and boosters. These configurations are used primarily for over dimensional and over weight loads or loads requiring permits.
  • Bulk Haul Truck Operator - operates a bulk haul truck which is a truck with a vessel or tank used for the transportation of liquid and gas products and other substances used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources.
  • Winch Tractor Operator - operates a winch tractor which is a heavy duty truck outfitted with a winch. Winches allow for the loading and off loading of rig loads to trailers without the use of cranes. Winch tractors are used to transport legal loads and loads requiring permits.

For information about the duties of truck drivers in general, see the Truck Driver occupational profile.

Working Conditions
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Oilfield transportation operations are conducted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in all weather conditions.

Operators often work long hours and travel at night. They may be exposed to the dirt, dust, noise and fumes that exist around drilling and service rigs, and may be away from home for extended periods. Operators who load and unload trucks may routinely lift items that weigh up to 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 15, 2017

People in oil and gas transportation services occupations need the following characteristics:

  • good health and vision
  • the ability to learn how to use on-board computer devices and other specialized equipment
  • the ability to remain alert and maintain a high level of concentration
  • a good attitude and teamwork skills
  • good judgement and the ability to react quickly in emergency situations
  • the mechanical ability required to make minor repairs.

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to recording information and obtaining required documentation, driving and talking to others involved in loading and receiving shipments.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Truck operators must hold appropriate operators licenses as required under Alberta's Traffic Safety Act

Knowledge and skills related to oilfield transportation operations can be learned on the job. However, most employers prefer to hire high school graduates or people who already have related training or experience.

Oil and gas transportation services is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that certification is not required but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for an Alberta Occupational Certificate. Certification requires completion of a petroleum competency program through Enform in Calgary or Nisku (near Edmonton). There are noentrance requirements for the Enform program. 

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

This is a designated occupation. For full details, see the Oil and Gas Transportation Swampers and Operators certification profile.

Oil and Gas Transportation Swampers and Operators

Oil and gas transportation swampers and operators transport the equipment and supplies used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.


In Alberta, government-legislated certification is available for oil and gas transportation swampers and operators.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 15, 2017

People in oil and gas transportion services occupations are employed by contractors in the oil and gas industry. Some self-employed operators work for drilling companies or operators who own their own equipment. 

New hires generally start as swampers (helpers) and, after they earn the appropriate driver's licenses, advance to operator positions. Depending on the size and nature of the company, experienced operators may move into supervisory positions. 

Certified Alberta oil and gas transportation services who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Oil and gas transportation services are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7511: Transport truck drivers. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 44,500 Albertans are employed in the Truck drivers occupational group. This group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 757 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As oil and gas transportation services occupations form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for oil and gas transportation services occupations.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 15, 2017
Transport truck drivers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Average Salary
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $32.00 $24.51 $24.00
Overall $20.00 $36.00 $28.43 $28.00
Top $22.76 $48.00 $32.60 $31.62

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Forestry, Logging, Fishing and Hunting
Transportation and Warehousing
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Public Administration
Oil & Gas Extraction
Wholesale Trade
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Retail Trade
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training offices website:

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors website:

Enform website:

Petroleum Human Resources (PHR), Carrer in Oil and Gas (COG) website:


For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 30, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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