We need Haul Truck Drivers to transport the raw materials from mining or minerals processing in large electric or diesel haul trucks. They need to enjoy operating large equipment, be committed to safe work habits and have great spatial awareness.

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

Note: these 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.

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.

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 an hour

$46.77 an hour

Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

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 does 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
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