DZ Truck Driving Program

Acquire the necessary driving skills to operate a DZ truck in today’s heavy traffic environment. This 49-hour program includes classroom, fieldwork, and operating instruction to provide you with the training required to successfully obtain your DZ license.

Training Locations: Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie

Delivery Method:

  • Classroom (can be virtual or face-to-face)
  • In-Truck

Start Dates: December 14, 2020, January 4, 2021, January 25, 2021, February 15 , 2021, March 8, 2021, and March 29, 2021

Program Outline: Download Brochure (PDF)

Admission Requirements
In order to enroll in this program, participants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid class ‘G’ license, and possess a minimum education level of Grade 10 or equivalent. Prior to start of program, participants must, at their own cost:

  • Complete a MTO physical and provide a copy
  • Obtain a Drivers Abstract
  • Complete the MTO written test for both the D and Z and provide proof
  • Pay for Drive Test prior to in cab training starting

Instruction is given on the proper shifting of standard transmission trucks.

Total Hours: 49 (classroom instruction at 44 hours and operating time at 24 hours)

Classroom Instruction
We provide our participants with all of the background information that they will require to operate a Class D truck or any vehicle that exceeds 11,000 kg gross weight safely and effectively. Topics include:

  • Air Brake course
  • Driver qualifications
  • Log books
    Hours of work in Canada and U.S
  • Trip planning
  • Vehicle inspection (all stickers and papers)
  • Drug testing
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Defensive driving, winter driving and backing up
  • Load distribution, vehicle weight and dimension limits
    Complete walk-around inspection
  • Perform daily maintenance
  • Lubricate the truck and top off all fluid levels
  • Job communication with others in the work environment
  • Pre-start inspections including start the engine; monitor engine performance, electrical system, brake system, air cleaner indicator and warning system
  • Prepare truck for parking and park the truck
  • Perform shut-down procedures with the engine running and shut off
  • Place warning signs around parked equipment
  • Perform machine adjustment and maintenance
  • Adjustment and machine maintenance procedures
  • Load, transport and unloading procedures
  • Air Brake inspections
  • Coupling and uncoupling procedures
  • Defensive driving strategies
  • Backing
  • Winter driving
  • Cargo security and related papers
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Air ride trailer procedures, lift axles, sliding axles and fifth wheel
  • National Safety Code
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • WHMIS
  • Lock-out/Tag-out
  • Personal Protective Equipment Awareness
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness
  • Indigenous Cultural Awareness, Truth and Reconciliation Edition

Operating Time
Participants will receive 24 hours of drive/fieldwork time with an instructor including trips on highways, city streets and back roads. Particular attention will be paid to defensive driving. As well, the instructor will introduce real scenarios a driver may encounter. Some real scenarios may be presented and experienced through the use of truck simulator workshops. Most drive/fieldwork time is on a 1:1 participant to instructor ratio.

Contact Information
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 1-2202
Email: training@northern.on.ca