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Transportation Route and Crew Scheduler

Transportation route and crew schedulers create and prepare routes and schedules for transportation equipment and the crews that operate them.

  • Avg. Salary $56,412.00
  • Avg. Wage $27.58
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook N/A
Also Known As

Crew Dispatcher, Schedule Analyst, Schedule Writer, Scheduler, Transit Scheduler, Transportation Coordinator

NOC & Interest Codes
The Transportation Route and Crew Scheduler is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers
NOC code: 1476
METHODICAL

Interest in co-ordinating information to incorporate into route plans such factors as peak-travel periods, holidays, special events and construction that affect time and cost efficiency; and in maintaining equipment and personnel records

INNOVATIVE

Interest in speaking to assign personnel to equipment and routes and schedule work shifts; and in designing new, or modifying existing, schedules; may prepare user guides and other information for the public regarding services

objective

Interest in operating computer software to adjust schedules and design new or modify existing schedules

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

Transportation route and crew schedulers prepare schedules for transportation equipment and operators using computer software and other methods. They are responsible for assigning personnel to appropriate equipment and routes and scheduling work shifts, and they perform recordkeeping for their organization's equipment and personnel to ensure that everything is running smoothly and efficiently.

A transportation route and crew scheduler's duties include the following:

  • organize and monitor workloads and task lists
  • keep track of available equipment, vehicles and crew
  • create, map and adjust routes and schedules to ensure that all necessary tasks are completed efficiently and on time
  • assign crews to equipment and vehicles and distribute routes and schedules for use by operators and passengers
  • monitor progress and adapt routes and schedules to weather, traffic, equipment failures and other complicating factors
  • communicate with and provide support for crew
  • coordinate, schedule and create purchase orders for delivery and return of equipment and vehicles
  • obtain quotes from transport vendors
  • perform recordkeeping and maintain daily traffic logs
  • monitor and analyze schedule adherence and passenger or freight loads to improve future scheduling.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transportation route and crew schedulers spend most of their time in office settings. Evening and weekend work may be required occasionally.

Working conditions vary by employer. Transportation route and crew schedulers may work in small offices with simple telephone systems, or large offices with high levels of technology including vehicle tracking, computerized systems and ergonomically designed work stations.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transportation route and crew schedulers require the following characteristics:

  • good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain positive working relationships
  • good organizational skills
  • the ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • the ability to think logically and critically and solve problems
  • strong technical and computer skills
  • attention to detail
  • the ability to perform multiple tasks with changing priorities and deadlines.

They should enjoy operating communications equipment and working with people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transportation route and crew schedulers must have a high school diploma. Several years of work experience in the transportation industry is usually required. Relevant work experience may include driving transportation or transit vehicles or equipment. On-the-job training is often provided.

The completion of relevant postsecondary education in fields such as Business, Management and Administrative Studies may be beneficial to job prospects, but a postsecondary degree is not usually required.

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

Transportation route and crew schedulers are employed by:

  • municipal government transit departments
  • delivery, trucking and courier companies
  • railways, airlines and other transportation or transit industry companies.

Mobility between occupations for transportation route and crew schedulers can be limited, since specific transportation sector experience is typically required.

Advancement to supervisory positions is possible with sufficient experience. Transportation route and crew schedulers may be provided with opportunities to advance to analyst, planner or management positions or other administrative roles within a company.

In Alberta, 76% of people employed as transportation route and crew schedulers 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
  • 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 the number of people retiring increases over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Transportation route and crew schedulers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1526: Transportation route and crew schedulers. 

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Transportation route and crew schedulers occupational group earned on average from $22.90 to $32.11 an hour. The overall average wage was $27.58 an hour. For more information, see the Transportation route and crew schedulers wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Information Processing
    • Management and Marketing
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Logistics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 09, 2016

Careers in Transportation website: www.transpocity.ca

Supply Chain Canada Route and Crew Scheduler profile: www.supplychaincanada.org/en/nos

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 28, 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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