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Expand Your Career Horizons and Become a Dispatcher

1 JAN 2013
Career Path : Automotive

Do you want to get into the trucking business, but aren’t interested in being away from home for long periods of time? Do you love coordinating and organizing things, and would you love to combine those two interests into an exciting career? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, and you’re looking for a career that can pay as high as $43,000 a year, you may want to consider enrolling in a dispatcher training course.

The position of dispatcher is a very critical one in the automotive industry. In a nutshell, a trucking dispatcher is a kind of master scheduler, responsible for coordinating which trucks are going to which destinations and carrying which loads. The dispatcher calculates travel times for the trucks in their territory, and determines arrival times and departure times. The position is an important one because dispatchers are the link between a trucking company’s management, and the tucks themselves. Dispatchers know where every truck is on the road at any given moment in time. And thanks to today’s modern technology and computer systems, they’re able to relay that information to different people within the trucking company at a moment’s notice.

But dispatchers positions are not limited to the trucking industry. Quite to the contrary, dispatcher courses prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities in different industries and company types. The following are just a few examples of the types of organizations that hire dispatchers:

  • Police departments
  • Fire departments
  • Health and emergency service agencies
  • Taxi companies
  • Delivery and courier services
  • Utilities companies
  • Transportation companies
  • Mining companies
  • Forestry companies
  • The armed forces

Dispatch training courses cover everything students need to know about becoming dispatchers. Courses are given by teachers with years of experience in the field. Instruction is very interactive, and students are encouraged to ask their teachers questions in order to better understand their future job roles. Most dispatcher training courses typically cover the following topics:

  • The concept of hours of service (Canadian law and United States law)
  • Load building theory and practice
  • Understanding and using maps and atlases
  • The automated commercial environment
  • Customs border protection and procedures
  • Advanced commercial information
  • Canadian border services agency procedures
  • General organization theory
  • Driver management
  • Inbound and outbound dispatch planning
  • Dispatching technology systems

So if you’re looking for a challenging career with a lot of responsibility, consider enrolling in a dispatcher training course. It could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Contact the Canadian Automotive & Trucking Institute for more information on their dispatcher training course.