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Dispatcher Training in Cambridge

Transportation Operations and Dispatching

Dispatch professionals coordinate schedules for and stay in constant communication with drivers on the road. They track vehicles, personnel and equipment, while receiving and conveying information. Dispatchers are an integral part of the trucking and transportation industries in Cambridge as well as across Ontario and Canada.

Cambridge Dispatcher Training Program at ATC

The Automotive Training Centre (ATC) provides a 16 week dispatcher training program at its state-of-the-art training facility in Cambridge Ontario. This is followed by three weeks of practical, on the job experience in a real dispatch environment.

Half of class time is devoted to teaching students the ins and outs of the latest software they will be required to use on the job. This includes Satellite System Training, Freight Logix, PC Miler, LoadLink, Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and IRP (International Registration Plan).

This technical training is complimented by a thorough immersion in the theory behind dispatching as well as industry best practices. Course subjects include:

  • The foundations of transportation
  • Dispatch operations
  • Transport operations
  • Fleet administration
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Properly securing a load
  • Safety & Compliance
  • Proper documentation
  • Transporting dangerous goods

As this is a communications position, emphasis is also placed on developing effective inter-personal skills.

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Job Description and Projected Demand for Dispatchers in Cambridge Ontario

Dispatchers who have received their training from ATC will be prepared to work in Cambridge, throughout Ontario, and across Canada. Typical duties of a dispatch professional can be broken down into four main categories:

  • Communication: Dispatchers will remain in constant contact with drivers on the road through radio, phone or computer. They will advise on traffic and weather conditions and arrange emergency assistance for drivers when needed.
  • Verification: Dispatchers will ensure that trucks are properly weighed, monitor work and time logs from the drivers and maintain mileage, fuel and expense logs (including computerized versions of these logs).
  • Tracking: Dispatchers monitor and keep track of the location of all drivers and cargo at all times.

Dispatch professionals wear many hats and can hold a variety of professional titles. These include:

  • Highway dispatcher
  • Local transport dispatcher
  • Logistics clerk
  • Compliance and safety officer
  • Fleet management officer
  • Load planner
  • Operations manager
  • Brokerage clerk
  • Log book auditor

ATC’s dispatcher program has a 96% placement rate. Overall, the projected demand for properly trained dispatch professionals in the transportation and trucking industry is stable. The average annual salary for fleet dispatchers in Canada is $45,829.

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