Stewart thrives in multi-dimensional trucking roles


Think about driving a tractor trailer someday, a bus stuffed with troopers the following and hauling navy tools the next day? How about performing some ice-road trucking?

Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Grasp Corporal Andrew Stewart has accomplished all that and extra. He’s in-charge of the highway and security automobile part, and his job consists of caring for Division of Nationwide Defence (DND) 404 licences, conducting air brake and harmful items programs, driver coach examiner programs and investigating collisions involving DND automobiles.

Stewart joined CAF in 2009, signing up for the Cellular Help Gear (MSE) operator commerce that encompasses many alternative jobs apart from driving vans. After finishing primary coaching in Saint Jean in Quebec, he was despatched to Borden, Ontario for preliminary commerce coaching.

“The very first thing you might be taught is how one can drive a four-wheeler with a typical transmission,” he advised throughout Atlantic Transportation & Logistics Present in Moncton, N.B.

He moved to a three-ton, a five-ton automobile, and realized to function military-specific automobiles. He was then posted to a base.

Personnel begin out doing native runs in five-ton automobiles, driving VIPs in employees automobiles and cleansing tools.

“As your chain of command positive aspects religion in you and your skills to study and drive larger automobiles you progress into buses,” Stewart mentioned. It begins with a 21-passenger bus, then a 44-passenger automobile and transfer on to a 54-passenger freeway bus. Ultimately tractor trailer coaching is supplied.

Stewart has been within the heavy tools part for many of his profession. The job can generally be much like a civilian longhaul driver.

If workouts are underway, models from all around the nation have to get their package to a location. “For months at a time there gained’t be a lot distinction between us and a civilian longhaul driver,” he famous. Civilian drivers do it day by day, however navy personnel get breaks, driving completely different tools as the necessity arises.

Stewart mentioned as his profession progressed and acquired promotions, he bought the chance to see the opposite facet of trucking. “I do licensing, and prepare folks. It’s all encompassing. It isn’t simply driving the truck, it’s all the administration that goes behind it, the planning.”

He famous that as one will get older, medicals come up extra usually for Class 1 drivers. If one can’t go the medical, it doesn’t imply you might be out of a job, you might be moved into a distinct path.

Stewart has rolled by way of many components of the nation, hauling tools from Esquimalt, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Just a few years in the past, we had some deliveries to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – and it concerned driving on some ice roads,” he mentioned.

Serving to out in flood-hit space

He’s additionally helped when heavy floods hit Manitoba in 2011, delivering troops who assisted in sand-bagging efforts. The MSE operator commerce helps fight forces – the boots on the bottom. “It’s one large group effort, everyone seems to be doing their job,” he mentioned.

Stewart mentioned it takes self-discipline to work for anyone, together with the navy. It’s barely completely different, however not a lot. One should undergo primary coaching, after which it’s simply one other job. “So long as you want what you might be doing, then you definately’ll just do tremendous,” he added. “I’ve individuals who work for me and I’m mainly simply the foreman of the crew. And they’re doing their jobs.”

Transferable abilities

The {qualifications}, abilities and coaching gained from navy service are transferable to civilian life together with the Class 1 licence.   

“If I used to be a teenager in the present day and was undecided of what I wished to do, I’d take into account the armed forces. Any job you may consider that exists within the civilian world; it exists within the armed forces. You is usually a physician or work on helicopters,” he mentioned.