• Haul Truck Driver

    Career Profile

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Job Description

  • Operate and drive heavy haul trucks to transport tons of materials over short distances either in a surface environment or underground
  • Perform inspections of vehicle systems, equipment and accessories such as tires, lights, turn signals and brakes
  • Ensure cargo is properly loaded according to safety requirements
  • Follow all safety policies, procedures and legislation
  • Maintain paper or electronic log book
  • Communicate with Dispatcher and other Haul Truck Drivers using communication devices such as a two-ways radio or on-board computers
  • May drive special purpose vehicles, including: end dump trucks, centre dump truck units, shuttle cars, remix trucks and water trucks


$29.00/hour - $46.77/hour

Job Prospects

Demand in Mining: 1/5

Skill Transferability: 5/5

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Haul Truck Drivers tend to be seeking challenging entry-level work in the mining industry. With a positive attitude, the right qualities and willingness to learn, candidates have the opportunity to be considered without needing industry experience or formal qualifications.

What is it Like to Work as a Haul Truck Driver in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Haul Truck Drivers work inside a temperature-controlled cab in hot and cold environments, communicating with colleagues mostly over two-way radios or by using hand and/or other signals. They must be able to concentrate and stay alert while performing repeated tasks in a dynamic environment and sometimes in severe environmental conditions.

Success Profile

  • Follows procedures, verbal directions and hand signals
  • Commits to safe work habits
  • Enjoys operating large equipment
  • Good vision and depth perception, with excellent spatial orientation and sense of space/direction/elevation

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and do not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • Appropriate Class or driver’s permit, if required to drive outside of the mine site
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Proficiency in language of operation

May be Required

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of accredited driver’s training course through a vocational school or community college
  • Certification for transporting dangerous goods


  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages