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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.

Also Known As

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

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: Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers (1476) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers (B576) 
  • 2011 NOC: Transportation route and crew schedulers (1526) 
  • 2016 NOC: Transportation route and crew schedulers (1526) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers

2006 NOC: 1476

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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 May 25, 2021

Transportation equipment is large-scale equipment that includes containers, trucks, tractors, trailers, cranes, portable ramps, lifting equipment, and loading or unloading systems. Often, such equipment cannot safely travel on or navigate certain roads, bridges, overpasses, overhead power lines, etc.

Transportation route and crew schedulers work out safe pathways from point to point, and prepare schedules for transportation equipment and operators, using computer software and other methods. They are responsible for assigning personnel to appropriate equipment, selecting transport routes that can handle the equipment and product loads, and scheduling work shifts. They also keep records of their organization’s equipment and personnel to make sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently.

A transportation route and crew scheduler’s duties include:

  • Organize and monitor workloads and task lists
  • Keep track of available equipment, vehicles and crew
  • Create, map and adjust routes and schedules to ensure transport equipment meets required size, turning radius or load / weight restrictions of the routes, and all necessary tasks are completed efficiently and on time
  • Assign crews to equipment and vehicles, including pilot vehicles where necessary
  • Arrange for police to block off roads or redirect other traffic, where necessary
  • Schedule crews to move or remove roadside or overhead obstacles, such as light poles, where necessary
  • Distribute routes and schedules for use by operators and passengers
  • Monitor progress and adapt routes and schedules to weather, traffic, obstructions, 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 May 25, 2021
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary

Transportation route and crew schedulers spend most of their time in office settings, working on computers and using the phone to check information and make arrangements. Internet-based map programs with virtual street-view options are useful for planning and assessing potential routes. 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.

Traits & Skills
Updated May 25, 2021

Transportation route and crew schedulers need:

  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain positive working relationships
  • Organizational skills
  • Technical and computer skills
  • Spatial awareness skills, to assess routes in relation to equipment
  • The ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • The ability to think logically and critically and solve problems
  • The ability to perform multiple tasks with changing priorities and deadlines

They should enjoy operating communications equipment and working with people.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Transportation route and crew schedulers

2011 NOC: 1526

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 13 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jan 08, 2022 and Sep 29, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Construction Specialization: Accurate
Tasks: Review schedule requisitions, passenger counts and cargo, running times and distances to establish schedule parameters
Tasks: Design new or modify existing schedules using computer software or other methods
Construction Specialization: Dependability
Construction Specialization: Effective interpersonal skills
Construction Specialization: Organized
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Construction Specialization: Team player
Construction Specialization: Initiative
Construction Specialization: Excellent oral communication
Educational Requirements
Updated May 25, 2021
  • Minimum Education High school diploma

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

Post-secondary education in fields such as business, management and administrative studies may be beneficial to job prospects, but a post-secondary degree usually is not required.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 25, 2021
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 25, 2021

Transportation route and crew schedulers work for:

  • Municipal government transit departments
  • Delivery, trucking and courier companies
  • Heavy equipment transport companies (such as cranes or oil rig equipment transport)
  • Industrial or structural (such as portables or house relocation) moving 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 needed.

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.

Transportation route and crew schedulers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1526: Transportation route and crew schedulers. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] 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 (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1526: Transportation route and crew schedulers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as the number of people retiring increases over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated May 25, 2021

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Transportation route and crew schedulers

2016 NOC: 1526
Average Wage
$33.23
Per Hour
Average Salary
$67,795.00
Per Year
Average Hours
39.2
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 1526 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.98 $38.57 $26.33 $26.16
Overall $22.50 $50.53 $33.23 $29.65
Top $24.00 $58.27 $36.61 $33.46

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

ALL INDUSTRIES
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
46%
46%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
20%
20%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
13%
13%
Vacancy Rate
4%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 25, 2021

Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) website: www.supplychaincanada.com

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Updated Mar 31, 2021. 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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