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Transport Officer

Transport officers provide information, interpret legislation and enforce commercial vehicle standards and regulations in order to protect Alberta's highway infrastructure and ensure the safety of highway users.

  • Avg. Salary $67,624.00
  • Avg. Wage $36.88
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook N/A
Also Known As

Commerical Vehicle Inspector

NOC & Interest Codes
The Transport Officer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Commercial Transport Inspectors
NOC code: 6463.3
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure compliance with regulations governing load restrictions, the transportation of hazardous materials and public safety

DIRECTIVE

Interest in speaking with transport drivers and companies to advise on standards and adherence to regulations

objective

Interest in operating equipment to conduct inspections of commercial vehicles

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.

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Duties
Updated Mar 09, 2016

A Transport Officer is responsible for enforcing various provincial and federal acts and regulations governing commercial vehicles, as well as ensuring compliance with National Safety Code requirements and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance standards. These acts and regulations enforce such issues as load restrictions, the transportation of hazardous materials and public safety.

Transport Officers operate both permanent and portable weigh scales and conduct mobile patrols.

Transport Officers typically perform some or all of the following duties:

  • study and maintain current and in-depth familiarity with applicable provincial and federal regulations and commercial vehicle standards
  • inspect commercial vehicles and their loads for safety and mechanical fitness
  • patrol highways
  • operate permanent and portable weigh scales
  • explain regulations, requirements, legislation, standards and codes to commercial vehicle carriers and drivers  to ensure compliance
  • deliver seminars to stakeholders
  • promote active working relationships with other government agencies
  • issue enforcement documents for violations.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transport Officers provide a service that is in place year-round, 24 hours per day, and shift structures reflect this. A Transport Officer may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays. However, work/life balance is treated as a high priority within this occupation.

A career as a Transport Officer involves some physical work during mechanical inspections, including lifting, pushing or pulling up to 20 kg.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transport officers benefit from having the following characteristics:

  • excellent health and physical fitness
  • good moral character
  • discretion
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • the ability to think logically and critically and solve problems
  • the ability to react quickly and with good judgment
  • the ability to defuse confrontational situations and be diplomatic
  • attention to detail
  • good writing skills.

They should enjoy having established policies and procedures to guide their work, enforcing regulations and working with people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transport officers require an appropriate combination of the following qualifications:

  • Relevant post-secondary diploma, or
  • Trades certification as a journeyman heavy duty mechanic with recent experience related to the motor transport industry, or
  • High school diploma with several years of recent law enforcement experience.

Transport officers must be eligible for peace officer status. For more information, visit the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General website.

Transport officers are expected to maintain current CPR and first aid training and have a valid class five operator's licence.

Transport officers must also complete a Physical Abilities Readiness Evaluation (PARE) and psychological fitness examinations.

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transport officers are employed by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General through the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch. Competitions for Transport Officer positions are held on an as-needed basis.

Transport officers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4423: By-law Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers. In Alberta, 81% of people employed in this classification work in the Public Administration (PDF) industry.

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 Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • 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.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transport officers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4423: By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. 

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. occupational group earned on average from $30.62 to $40.68 an hour. The overall average wage was $36.88 an hour. For more information, see the By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. wage profile.

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Alberta Municipal Enforcement Association website: www.amea.ca

Commercial Vehicle Inspection Branch recruitment website: www.joincveb.alberta.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 26, 2013. 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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