Teamster

Teamster

What is a Teamster?

A teamster is involved in the movement of materials in a wide variety of industries including the agricultural, forestry, health, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, transportation, and wholesale/retail industries.

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They are employed by organizations that produce, process and use products such as office supplies, tools and equipment, food goods, textile products, farm equipment or industrial supplies.

  • Hauls men and material
  • Generates and picks orders
  • Packs and ships orders
  • Receives shipments and ensures that they are complete and in good order
  • Processes product returns
  • Schedule deliveries and shipments (schedule items for delivery and co-ordinate the delivery of products to end users)
  • Maintains inventory
  • Operates computer systems
  • Operates non-powered material handling equipment (e.g., dollies, hand trucks, pallet jacks)
  • Operates powered material handling equipment (e.g., forklifts, cranes, conveyers)
  • Works with storage systems
  • Handle and store products (use equipment to move items and place them in appropriate storage areas or bins

UTILITY DRIVERS

  • Must possess a high degree of skill in the operation of all types of Tractor Trailer units in moving material and equipment.
  • Alberta Bricklayers Union Local #1
    • Alberta Bricklayers Union Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan Scholarship
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Generalist Scholarship (3)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Reinforcing Scholarship (1)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Structural/Ornamental Scholarship (2)
  • Building Trades of Alberta
    • Building Trades of Alberta (2)
    • Al McCagherty Memorial Scholarship
    • Justin Slade Memorial Scholarship
    • UNITE HERE Local 47 Scholarship
    • Dennis Vaudrin Memorial Scholarship for Industrial Painters
    • Thomas Cronk Scholarship Concrete Finisher
    • Jack Starko Scholarship for Electricians
  • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association
    • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association and Building Trades of Alberta Scholarship
  • Edmonton Pipe Trades United Association Local 488
    • Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund Local #488 Scholarship
  • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Local 110
    • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Scholarship
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local424/ Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
    • Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
    • IBEW Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Asssocation Local 8
    • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #8 Scholarship (2)
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488
    • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Scholarship
    • United Assocaition of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Benefit Trust Fund Scholarship
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School
    • U.A. Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School Scholarship
  • Building Trades of Alberta / Construction Labour Relations
    • Building Trades of Alberta/Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association RAP Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association/ Building Trades of Alberta RAP Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan of Alberta
    • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan RAP Scholarship
  • Labourers Local 92
    • LiUNA! Local 92 Scholarships (5)
  • Teamsters Local 362
    • 2018 Teamsters Canada Scholarship
  • International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen – Local 1
    • BAC Bates Scholarship

Skills & Abilities

The trade appeals to people who enjoy taking a methodical approach to their work, operating handling equipment, and keeping detailed records.

To be successful in the occupation, teamsters need:

  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Manual dexterity
  • The ability to lift up to 25 kilograms
  • The ability to work independently
  • Good math, communication and computer skills
  • The ability to get along well with customers and fellow workers
  • A high knowledge of ‘Hi-way Regulations’ (e.g. permits, cargo securement, weight restrictions, etc.)
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Apprenticeship Training

Crane and Hoisting Boom Truck – 1,200 hours of work experience, home study program, five weeks – technical training.

MEMBER TRAINING

  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Construction Safety Training System (C.S.T.S.)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (P.C.S.T.)
  • Forklift Training: Counterbalance and Rough Terrain
  • Warehouse Testing (Levels I, II & III)
  • Commercial Driver Vehicle Inspection
  • Professional Driving Improvement Course
  • First Aid
  • Computer Training
  • Cargo Securement
  • Basic Rigging
  • Toolhound Training
  • Log Book
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  • Best trainers

  • Best skills training

  • Best safety training

  • Best cost: Free to members

Next Steps

To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Teamster, contact Teamsters Local 362.

For a quick summary of a career as a plumber, ask about the teamster trade card.

Teamster trade card

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