The trucking industry relies on safe drivers to complete deliveries, and they’re typically thought of as the foundation of the system, but they’re not the only employees responsible for its success. Dispatchers play an essential role as well, and they’re in high demand.
A dispatcher’s job is to schedule drivers to pick up and deliver loads to customers or vendors, but that just scratches the surface. Learn more about what truck dispatchers do, their salary, the skills needed, and more.
Truck Dispatcher Duties and Responsibilities
Truck dispatchers have numerous other responsibilities as well. They can vary slightly from company to company.
Some of the responsibilities of truck dispatchers include:
- Keeping records, monitoring drivers’ daily logs for errors or violations, and monitoring their working hours and equipment availability
- Keeping tabs on the weather at all drivers’ locations to be able to flag potential issues, typically with the aid of numerous computer programs
- Serving as a reliable point of contact to balance drivers’ health and safety with customer requirements
- Coordinating and managing the most efficient loads to remain cost-effective as a company, combining shipments based on their routes and timeline to minimize how many trucks and drivers are out
- Determining the best delivery methods and negotiating rates directly with vendors and customers, and getting the necessary documents and permits that drivers will need when shipping chemicals or livestock
- LocationWinnipeg, MB
- Salary$$24.10HOUR hourly for 40 hours per week
- Terms of employmentPermanent employment
- Day, Evening, Night, Weekend, Shift, Overtime, Flexible Hours, Early Morning, Morning
- Start dateStarts as soon as possible
Secondary (high) school graduation certificate
- Dispatcher Specific Skills
- Record mileage, fuel use, repairs and other expenses; Receive requests for emergency assistance or service; Operate computer-aided communications and dispatching equipment; Dispatch personnel according to schedules and work orders; Dispatch personnel as required by emergency situations; Assist with maintenance of communications equipment; Schedule assignments and co-ordinate activities of vehicle operators, crews and equipment; Handle wake-up calls; Keep track of shipments; Follow-up on issues with work orders; Knowledge of cross border dispatching regulations and practices; Knowledge of highway trucking and associated rules and regulations; Maintain vehicle operator work records
- Business Equipment and Computer Applications
- Electronic mail
- Additional Skills
- Perform general office duties
- Work Setting
- Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
- Fast-paced environment; Work under pressure; Repetitive tasks; Attention to detail; Tight deadlines; Overtime required
Who can apply to this job?
Only apply to this job if:
- You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
- You have a valid Canadian work permit.
If you are not authorised to work in Canada, do not apply. The employer will not respond to your application.