Journeyman Picker Operator

Become part of our team and work alongside the most experienced picker operators in the province. Encore Trucking is currently looking for Journeyman Picker Operators with a Class 1 License and Knuckle Picker experience.

Job Description

Crane operators will be responsible for loading/offloading and hauling a wide variety of loads to and from customer sites. As an operator you will manage trailer weights, securement and meet government and Encore regulations. As a crane operator you will complete a large array of lifts based on the crane charts and capacities and need to choose appropriate rigging for each lift they encounter. Operators will manage swampers, riggers, other drivers, and onsite workers to ensure jobs are completed safely and efficiently. This is a safety sensitive position.

Major Responsibilities

  • Complete all required paperwork for shop/field work. (BOL, Drivers logs, Pre/post trips, & hazard assessments, Trailer load paperwork)
  • Identify hazards of the lift and manage the appropriate controls.
  • Determine the appropriate crane setup, rigging and lift points utilizing the information available (load weights, crane charts, rigging tags, and distances)
  • Keeping up with maintenance and monthly crane inspections.
  • Management will complete unit specific training and assessment before the operator is allowed to operate the crane on a job. They will determine if the employee is deemed competent for that unit or if additional training is required.
  • Working onsite with other companies and workers. Ensure any assigned signalers are aware of how to properly direct the crane, and anyone assisting with rigging are doing so to Encore standards.
  • Working with and mentoring swampers/riggers.
  • Using the appropriate tie downs when securing loads. Drivers will encounter a wide array of different loads to haul, they will be responsible for properly securing all items on the trailer meeting and exceeding Encore and government standards for load securement and transport.
  • Drivers will be responsible for maintaining legal axle weights on the trucks and trailers when in transport.
  • Identify and report any damage to the loads, trailers or trucks to the appropriate parties. These should be inspected before and after a trip is made. Damage to any truck or trailer should be noted on the Pre/Post trip inspection and a shop maintenance form should be filled out.
  • Manage your time and driver log to ensure you are within legal operating hours on a daily and weekly basis. Let dispatch know if you are nearing your maximum hours.
  • Coordinating with operators for loading and unloading trailers.
  • Identify driving hazards and the appropriate actions to take. Impaired road and weather conditions may require tire chains or locking the diffs. Drivers are responsible for determining what is necessary to safely travel to a site. Evaluate safe driving speeds and braking distances when on the road. There are many hazards on the road (wildlife, constructions, and accidents) and it is your responsibility to ensure you are alert while driving.
  • Hauling over dimensional you must notify dispatch with heights and widths of the load. You may need permits and a planned route depending on the dimensions. meet all necessary load requirements in these situations (flagging, dimension signs, pilot cars, beacons)
  • Some jobs will require you to spend the night in a sleeper birth, always be prepared with an overnight bag and extra food. Let dispatch know if you are tired or out of hours for the day, unexpected delays can arise and conflict with the expected schedule of the job you are on.


All Encore employees are responsible for understanding and complying with Encore and outside authority regulations, procedures and policies. Employees must apply this to all aspects and tasks related to their position and take part in the further development of the safety program. Workers are responsible for identifying hazards and having the necessary controls in place to prevent incidents and near misses.

Hazard assessments must be completed with the appropriate paperwork, (shop forms, BOL, and site, shop and office inspections), discussed with all involved parties and submitted to the safety department.

Employees MUST report all near misses and incidents immediately to an Encore supervisor or Encore contact as per the Alberta Worker’s Compensation Act and the federal and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act. All paperwork including an incident report and investigation form must be filled out with employee information, a detailed description of the incident with root causes and corrective actions taken.

A Crane/Picker Operator operates company vehicles. This is a safety sensitive position.

Personal Characteristics

  • Good physical fitness level
  • Able to repeatedly lift 50lbs
  • Co-ordination and manual dexterity
  • The ability to work at heights
  • Good vision
  • The ability to work as part of a team and communicate with ground crews, usually using hand signals and voice communication
  • Ability to consistently pass a drug test
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • Capability to plan and organize tasks
  • Ability to meet deadlines with high performance

They should enjoy working independently when necessary, being part of a team and having variety in their work.

Job Requirements

  • Class 1 (+ air brake endorsement) licence with a clean 5 year driving abstract
  • Reliable transportation
  • 1-2 years as an apprentice Operator at minimum
  • Completion of paperwork (driver logs, pre/post trip, BOL)
  • Grade 12 diploma
  • Able to pass a drug and alcohol test various times during employment (customer and company policy)

Compensation is based upon experience. Encore offers competitive wages and great benefits including RRSP.

Apply via email at, no phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in Encore Trucking & Transport Ltd.

Job Type: Full-time, October 2017 posting

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