Schools Training

Automotive Schools – Your Pathway to a Career in Fine Art Transport

27 FEB 2012
Career Path : Automotive

There are many reasons to be attracted to a career in trucking – so many that Statistics Canada reports that “truck driver” is one of the most commonly reported occupations for Canadian men. But did you know that an interest in the art world can be one reason people attend auto training schools?

A specialization of the transport industry is fine art shipping. The graduates of automotive schools who work in this niche have to be able to navigate galleries and museums as well as they can the roads.

Sometimes, these graduates of auto training schools are artists in their own right, forging connections with agents and dealers across the country, while working in an environment as respectful of their artistic ambitions as of their training gleaned from automotive schools. One Montreal fine art shipping company has even initiated a practice of investing in their truckers’ artwork, buying a major piece here and there as a show of support and recognition.

Fine art shipping companies offer specialized services with extra attention to the “fine art” of packing. The graduates of auto training schools who work in this kind of environment must become well versed in internationally accepted museum-grade practices, which dictate:

  • allowable air moisture
  • temperature
  • bracing
  • cushioning

Graduates of auto training schools who work in the fine art shipping industry often work in teams of two for deliveries, alleviating one of the potential downsides of a career in trucking: feelings of loneliness and isolation. This is because the truckers are trained in how to properly remove and load this special cargo.

Job applicants are generally expected:

  • to have the necessary grade of driver’s license
  • to be bondable
  • to have a valid passport
  • to pass a drug test
  • to pass a police background test
  • to have an interest in the art world
  • to have good people skills

Graduates of automotive schools who follow this path will also need to have discretion. They will sometimes be working in such delicate situations as transporting an irreplaceable collection on loan from another country.

Most automotive schools don’t provide training on the specialized kind of packing that art, antiques and other artifacts require.

But information on such tools of the trade as bubble pack, Glassine paper and polystretch film can be acquired on the job.

So, if you have a lifelong interest in the arts and a love of the road, you may want to consider local automotive schools as way to break into a career in art transport.

Contact the Canadian Automotive and Trucking Institute for more information on their automotive programs.