The opportunities for being a bucket truck driver and operator are as wide open as the North American continent. Any United States operator of such vehicles that is looking for a greener pasture or newer vistas can certainly rely upon those operating skills to get a unique opportunity. One of the most promising destinations to pursue is right across the United States border in Canada.
Canada has a progressive economy with close ties to the United States. Starting a bucket truck business in Alberta, for example, could be very fulfilling because there are many opportunities and jobs available. Realistically, all of the potential uses of this versatile vehicle can be used in all the provinces of Canada, including locations with lucrative temporary opportunities that occur in the aftermath of seasonal summer thunderstorms in Winnipeg or winter snowstorms in Quebec.
The electric utility and telecommunications industries in Canada face the same difficulties in needing many extra vehicles to help repair the damage brought by these blasts from seasonal storms. For a bucket truck owner/operator, it’s just a matter of paying attention to the news, locating the affected communities and offering needed services to the local governmental agencies and utilities.
Temporary License Usage
So how can the operator of these vehicles in the United States transition that undertaking to Canadian soil? In terms of licenses, for a temporary assignment the two countries have worked out an agreement to recognize each others commercial permits for a limited period of time. Of course, it will be up to each operator to determine how long their authority is valid and at what point consideration will have to be given to getting a Canadian commercial license.
Physical Requirements: Engine
In terms of physical requirements, consideration will have to be given to the time of year that the truck will be operated and the exact location inside of Canada as well. The weather conditions particularly in areas like Whitehorse or Dawson tend to be colder, particularly during the winter months. Any time or location near Baker Lake that would bring this aspect into play will require an engine that operates on gasoline as opposed to diesel fuel. The reason for this is that diesel fuel can actually freeze which would completely stop any operations for a diesel-fueled bucket truck. So conversion to a gasoline-powered engine may be a possibility to consider only if the time and location in Canada will be that cold. Normally, working in Regina or Toronto would not necessitate such a commitment.
Physical Requirements: Outriggers and Brakes
The terrain of the Canadian countryside will also be a part of the overall assessment of bucket truck operations in another country. Aside from the cold temperature, some parts of Canada such as Vancouver or Victoria on the West Coast of British Columbia are known for frequent rain that makes the ground soft and not an optimal place to deploy outriggers. It will be wise to contemplate having stronger outriggers that would cover a wider area for better stability. For any travel or work in the mountains of Canada such as at Edmonton, a strong braking system would be very beneficial when covering the steep slopes of those Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Canada is a promising destination for bucket truck owners/operators who are looking for new challenges and greener pastures. With the right training and skills, it is possible to survive becoming a successful commercial vehicle owner/operator in this northern location. Outfit that truck as noted above to suit a new environment across that border of the United States. Most of the requirements to operate that vehicle are not that difficult – good luck with operating your bucket truck in Canada!