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Driven by Our Values

U-Pak is a family owned company that embodies its values above all else. Having established a tight-knit community over 50 years ago, U-Pak has always prioritized and will continue to prioritize the amazing people who make our team what it is. We are seeking like-minded professionals who are passionate about making a difference. If this sounds like you, explore the exciting career opportunities we have listed below.

Open Positions

Route Supervisor – Tractor Trailer

Duties and Responsibilities

 A Route Supervisor with U-Pak is responsible for a wide variety of tasks. To perform this role successfully, you must be able to manage multiple duties within the following key areas. Other responsibilities may be assigned as required:

Employee Management

  • Set and monitor productivity, service and safety targets for each route and driver
  • Plan, distribute, monitor and follow-up daily route assignments to ensure customers are serviced to company standards and agreements
  • Morning roll-out of drivers ensuring pre-trips are conducted accurately and routing questions are addressed
  • Conducts weekly safety meetings to address key safety items and recent incidents
  • Manage end of day check in process, capturing and communicating key service, safety and equipment issues
  • Monitor driver and labourer tire and attendance, minimizing overtime and ensuring drivers do not exceed limits established by regulatory agencies (e.g., 60-hour rule)
  • Promotes a cooperative atmosphere. Resolves employee relations issues
  • Organizes and schedules all necessary resources required to accomplish activities, coordinating daily operational needs with Maintenance team

Safety

  • Establishes and maintains a clean, safe work environment in compliance with U-Pak policies and Occupational Safety and Health standards
  • Conducts root cause investigations for all injuries and incidents, ensuring consistent discipline and retraining
  • Ensures that drivers comply with tests and training required by regulatory agencies
  • Conduct monthly ride-along observation evaluations with drivers providing coaching and feedback on safe working procedures and efficient processes

Customer Service

  • Ensure errors and missed pickups are reported and resolved
  • Daily communication with dispatch regarding service issues/completion of services
  • Visit customers and customer sites to evaluate and resolve safety or service issues – seeking service alternatives where appropriate
  • Document problem fixes and provide instructions to dispatch or maintenance

Administrative

  • Review weekly demand/volume for routes – determine potential gains from re-routing and recommend re-routes to the dispatch team
  • Conduct quarterly employee performance reviews, provides feedback, approves/schedules time off
  • Review and audit documentation related to route operations on a daily basis (e.g., DVIRs, driver time and attendance, open tickets)
  • Assist with data collection and reporting required for incentive pay programs

 

Recruitment

  • Recruit, interview & recommend new drivers for hire
  • Retrain, coach and develop existing drivers

 

Skills and Qualifications 

Required: 2-5 years experience in transportation, logistics or solid waste operations

 

Skills:

  • Supervisory experience within a transportation or logistics environment
  • Strong ability to manage employee relation issues, progressive discipline process
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; ability to coach, mentor and train employees

Sorter (Full-time)

Available

  • Schedule and Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Salary Range: $16.55/hour
  • Location: U-Pak McPherson location – Pickering, ON

Duties and Responsibilities

The Duties below include but are not limited to the following:

  • Inspect and remove contamination from your designated sorting area(s) 
  • Inspect materials and sort items or materials into designated according to type. 
  • Must be able to work on a line or free-range garbage sorting station. 
  • Separate garbage from recyclable material by utilising garbage sorting tools provided. 
  • Report problems immediately to Supervisor. 
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area and surrounding area. 
  • Must be able to undertake task that involves reaching, pushing or pulling, stretching, lifting and bending. 
  • Must adhere to the Health and Safety Procedures of U-Pak Group of Companies. 
  • Maintain an excellent attendance record and an excellent safety and work quality record. 
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager/Supervisor/Lead-hand 

Working Conditions: 

  • Occasionally operate in tight environments with overhead hazards
  • Outdoors environment facing all weather conditions

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • High school diploma or equivalent qualification required.
  • Ability to stand for long periods and being able to bend repetitively
  • Exceptional attention to detail and manual dexterity
  • Must be able to work in a recyclable garbage-filled environment
  • Must be able to work inside and in outside environments (hot summers, cold winters).
  • Must be able to lift between 20 – 60lbs
  • Ability to focus on tasks to completion
  • Punctual with a good attendance record.
  • Must have CSA approved Safety shoes
  • Good communication skills.
  • Detail-orientated with an aptitude for problem-solving.
  • Forklift certified, would be an asset
  • Industry experience is an asset

Benefits: 

  • Competitive Salary
  • Benefits program including medical, drug, vision & dental plan
  • Family based working culture
  • Company sponsored events
  • Professional development & advancement opportunities

Driver – Front End (Full-time)

2 Shifts Available

  • Schedule and Hours: Morning 5:00am to 5:00pm
  • Salary Range: $31.50/hour 
  • Supplemental Pay: Overtime available. $1/hour safety driving bonus (after 3-month probation).

Duties and Responsibilities

The Duties below include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform daily pre & post-trip inspections of assigned equipment. Document condition and submit the Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR)
  • Drives the front-end truck or rear-load truck along designated commercial routes to collect solid waste and transport to the landfill or transfer station for disposal.
  • Open container enclosures or gates to access bins.  When needed, roll 4 yard bins and/or 96 gallon totes into position for dumping
  • Safely operate vehicle in accordance with U-Pak rules, Ministry of Transportation requirements on commercial designated routes adhering to Occupational Health & Safety regulations and all local, provincial and federal laws at all times
  • Clean-up loose trash off truck and/or ground around truck and container that spills during dumping process to maintain clean customer site and safety along roads and highways
  • Clear waste from the packer blade and truck body on each landfill or transfer station run to ensure safe & productive equipment operation
  • Partner and communicate with Dispatch & Route Supervisor to improve efficiencies, provide excellent customer service, identify unsafe situations or improvement opportunities
  • Participate in scheduled training, briefings and meetings required by U-Pak or supervisors
  • Utilize on-board electronic ticket system (FleetMind) to follow workflow, record work completion and service interruptions such as breakdowns or blocked bins
  • Follow route assignments and ensuring route completion each day and complete all documentation at check out for end of route
  • Notify Route Supervisor immediately of any incidents, accidents, injuries or property damage
  • Courteously interact with customers, co-workers and the public throughout the day
  • Maintain and submit daily route/productivity sheet, and vehicle condition report (DVIR)
  • Perform all duties as scheduled by the Route Supervisor or Dispatch and assist other drivers as directed to meet customer requirements

Working Conditions: 

  • Driving a commercial truck through the yard and picking up vehicles from dealers
  • Occasionally operate in tight environments with overhead hazards
  • Outdoors environment facing all weather conditions
  • Time sensitive pickup and deliveries

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Insurable to operate a commercial vehicle
  • Class D Ontario license with Z airbrake endorsement (AZ and asset)
  • Two years work experience operating a commercial vehicle
  • Highly skilled maneuvering and backing required
  • Clean DVOR driver abstract over past 24-month period
  • Able to lift up to 60 lbs & work in outdoor inclement
  • Strong work ethic with a passion to exceed customer expectations
  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend daily assignments & complete reports

Benefits: 

  • Competitive Salary
  • Benefits program including medical, drug, vision & dental plan
  • Family based working culture
  • Company sponsored events
  • Professional development & advancement opportunities

Driver – Roll-Off (Full-time)

3 Shifts Available

Shift #1 – Afternoon shift – 1pm to 1am – Tuesday to Saturday

Shift #2 – Afternoon shift – 1pm to 1am – Sunday to Thursday

Shift #3 – Night shift – 5pm to 5am – Monday to Friday

  • Salary Range: Starts $30.50/hour
  • Supplemental Pay:  Overtime available. $1/hour safety driving bonus (after 3-month probation)

Duties and Responsibilities

The Duties below include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform daily pre & post-trip inspections of assigned equipment. Document condition and submit the Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR)
  • Responsible to prepare, load & transport large open-top waste and compactor containers to customer, disposal & transfer locations utilizing a company owned roll-off vehicle
  • Safely operate vehicle in accordance with U-Pak rules, Ministry of Transportation requirements on commercial designated routes adhering to Occupational Health & Safety regulations and all local, provincial and federal laws at all times
  • Clean-up loose trash off truck and/or ground around truck and container that spills during dumping process to maintain clean customer site and safety along roads and highways
  • Clear waste from the packer blade and truck body on each landfill or transfer station run to ensure safe & productive equipment operation
  • Partner with Dispatch & Route Supervisor to improve efficiencies, provide excellent customer service, identify unsafe situations or improvement opportunities & follow best practices
  • Participate in scheduled training, briefings and meetings required by U-Pak or supervisors
  • Utilize on-board electronic ticket system (FleetMind) to follow workflow, record work completion and service interruptions such as breakdowns or blocked bins
  • Notify Route Supervisor immediately of any incidents, accidents, injuries or property damage
  • Courteously interact with customers, co-workers and the public throughout the day
  • Maintain and submit daily route/productivity sheet, and vehicle condition report (DVIR)
  • Perform all duties as scheduled by the Route Supervisor or Dispatch and assist other drivers as directed to meet customer requirements

Working Conditions: 

  • Driving customer facilities, alleyways & high traffic roadways
  • Occasionally operate in tight environments with overhead hazards
  • Outdoors environment facing all weather conditions
  • Time sensitive deliveries with deadlines & time pressures

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Insurable to operate a commercial vehicle
  • Class D Ontario license with Z airbrake endorsement (AZ and asset)
  • Two years work experience operating a commercial vehicle
  • Highly skilled maneuvering and backing required
  • Clean DVOR driver abstract over past 24 month period
  • Able to lift up-to 60 lbs & work in outdoor inclement
  • Strong work ethic with a passion to exceed customer expectations
  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend daily assignments & complete reports

Benefits: 

  • Competitive Salary
  • Benefits program including medical, drug, vision & dental plan
  • Family based working culture
  • Company sponsored events
  • Professional development & advancement opportunities

Driver Trainer - Commercial

Purpose

U-Pak Disposals is seeking a Driver Trainer for our Etobicoke site at 15 Tidemore Avenue. This position is responsible for the day-to-day coaching and training of drivers, ensuring safe and timely collection for our customers.

Duties and Responsibilities

A Driver Trainer with U-Pak is responsible for a wide variety of tasks. To perform this role successfully, you must be able to manage multiple duties within the following key areas. Other responsibilities may be assigned as required.

 Training Management

  • Preparing and delivering instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences.
  • Promote an inclusive and collaborative learning environment.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
  • Instruct and monitor employees in the use of learning materials and equipment.
  • Use relevant technology to support instruction.
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of employees and communicate these to the Environmental Health and Safety Manager.
  • Assure that students meet all skill/course outcomes as represented in the training program guidelines.
  • Communicate productive, appropriate, and honest feedback to the employee.
  • Provide remediation coaching/training.
  • Inform Environmental Health and Safety Manager of employee issues such as: behavioral, academic, or personal.
  • Foster safety first behaviors, confidence, and culture.
  • Organize and prepare all necessary resources required to accomplish activities.

Safety

  • Establishes and maintains a clean, safe work environment in compliance with U-Pak policies, procedures and Occupational Health and Safety standards.
  • Actively promote and exhibit safe behaviours.
  • Ensures that drivers understand and completed testing and training required by policy, procedures, and regulations.
  • Conduct ride-along observation evaluations with drivers providing coaching and feedback on safe working procedures and efficient processes.
  • Acknowledge safe actions and behaviours in employees and communicate positive reinforcement.

Administrative

  • Ensure training documentation is completed, reviewed, and filed in a timely consistent manner.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate employee training notation/information.
  • Review and audit documentation related to employees completion of training program.
  • Assist with data collection and review to assess performance and training techniques.

Working Conditions: 

A Driver Trainer will participate in meaningful program development while promoting U-PAK training, safety culture and core values. A Driver Trainer will lead an inclusive learning environment encouraging communication and feedback to advance program curriculum.

Measurables goals and expectations will be reviewed every 30 days evaluating progress and concerns. Measurable goals and expectations will be assigned and assessed in 90-day segments. Duties/tasks subject to change suddenly and/or without advanced notice.

Training Focuses May Include

    • Training of employees using the U-PAK Training Program package (new/current)
    • Instruction of Defensive Driving course theoretical/practical
    • Pre/post trip inspections & equipment specific inspection training
    • Hours of service/rules & regulations /logs/ELD’s/DVIR’s
    • Road evaluations pre/post/remedial
    • Orientation/paperwork and documentation
    • On road instructional/coaching/yard safety training
    • Training and program development
    • Other duties/tasks as required

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Required: 2-5 years’ experience in transportation, logistics or solid waste operations

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Skills:

    • Demonstrates patient, inclusive, and enthusiastic attitude.
    • Strong ability to communicate clear positive information and feedback.
    • Competent instruction to coach, mentor, and train employees.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication and record keeping.
    • Adapts and tailors’ instructions to meet trainees needs, while still meeting targets and goals.

Benefits: 

  • Competitive Salary
  • Benefits program including medical, drug, vision & dental plan
  • Family based working culture
  • Company sponsored events
  • Professional development & advancement opportunities

Apprentice Heavy Duty Mechanic

2 Shifts Available

Shift #1 – Morning shift – 6am to 3pm – Monday to Friday

Shift #2 – Afternoon shift – 3pm to 11:30pm – Monday to Friday

  • Salary Range: starting at $24 (based on level of Apprenticeship)
  • Supplemental Pay: Overtime available

 

The Mechanic role is what helps keep the mechanic shop running. U-Pak is looking for someone who is dedicated, trustworthy and willing to learn. The Mechanic role is what helps keep the mechanic shop running. When it comes to the Waste industry, THERE’S ALWAYS GARBAGE and there will always be work, hence we have the ability to offer overtime pay. Times have changed, dealerships can be monotonous whereas UPak has a wide range of equipment to learn on and make the days go by feeling like you have learned and accomplished something. We mostly run Freightliners and Mack’s along with various yellow iron including CAT 950m loaders, excavators, backhoes and multiple forklifts. We are constantly expanding our fleet expanding within our forward thinking company. This is a job for applicants who want to increase their work experience in the heavy equipment industry and pave their way to becoming a fully licensed mechanic. For candidates that show dedication and eagerness to learn, U-Pak will help candidates to continue to obtain their certificate through schooling and sponsorship.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with a fleet of over 150 vehicles and equipment including trucks, loaders, forklift, etc.
  • Inspect vehicle computer and electronic systems to repair, maintain and upgrade
  • Conduct routine maintenance work (replacing fluids, lubricating parts etc.) aiming to vehicle functionality and longevity
  • Maintain current PM’s and schedule future maintenance sessions
  • Repair or replace broken or dysfunctional parts and fix issues (e.g. leaks)
  • Keep logs on work and issues using RTA and computer software
  • Maintain company owned equipment and keep tools in neat and proper condition
  • Assist in conducting pre and post vehicle inspections of equipment
  • Reporting any safety or repair issues to the shop supervisor
  • Follow and maintain all safety measures to according to U-Pak company policy and procedures
  • Courteous interaction with fellow employees and supervisors.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience with heavy equipment vehicles
  • Excellent knowledge of mechanical, electrical and electronic components of vehicles
  • Working knowledge of vehicle diagnostic systems and methods
  • Ability to handle various tools and heavy equipment (e.g. lift)
  • Willingness to observe all safety precautions for protections against accidents
  • High school diploma is preferred
  • Certification from a vocational school or completion of apprenticeship is preferred
  • 310T License preferred
  • Must be highly motivated and have the ability to problem solve
  • Must supply own tools

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $24.00-$35.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Dental care
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Evening shift

Supplemental pay types:

  • Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Etobicoke, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Application question(s):

  • What Apprenticeship level are you at for your 310T License?

Experience:

  • Heavy Equipment Repair: 1 year (preferred)

Licence/Certification:

  • enrollment in Ontario College of Trades 310T License program (required)
Supervisor - Heavy Equipment Mechanic

2 Shifts Available

Shift #1 – Morning shift – 6am to 3pm – Monday to Friday

Shift #2 – Afternoon shift – 3pm to 11:30pm – Monday to Friday

  • Salary Range: starting at $38
  • Supplemental Pay: Overtime

Must Have:

310T License

Up-to-Date Diagnostic Skills (After Treatment, Computer Software, JPro, TechTool, etc.)

2 Years Proven Supervisor Experience

5 Years Heavy Equipment Hydraulic Experience

Waste Industry Experience Required

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervise a team of mechanics and mechanic apprentices

Help teach and guide other technicians while performing diagnostics and repairs

Work in a fast-paced environment while troubleshooting equipment issues

Plan and schedule work orders to align with shop priorities and preventative maintenance programs

Inspect vehicle computer and electronic systems to repair, maintain and upgrade

Repair or replace broken or dysfunctional parts and fix issues

Point of Contact for drivers and administration with respect to equipment issues and issue resolution

 

Is this You?

We are looking for a leader with heavy equipment experience ideally in the Waste industry that can maintain order, lead others by example and apply their own “on-the-job” knowledge.

 

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From $38.00 per hour

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Evening shift

Supplemental pay types:

  • Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Etobicoke, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Experience:

  • Heavy Equipment Repair: 2 years (preferred)

Licence/Certification:

  • 310T License (required)
Heavy Equipment Mechanic (310T)

2 Shifts Available

Shift #1 – Morning shift – 6am to 3pm – Monday to Friday

Shift #2 – Afternoon shift – 3pm to 11:30pm – Monday to Friday

  • Salary Range: starting at $36 (based on experience)
  • Supplemental Pay: Overtime available

 

The Mechanic role is what helps keep the mechanic shop running. U-Pak is looking for someone who is dedicated, trustworthy and willing to learn. When it comes to the Waste industry, THERE’S ALWAYS GARBAGE and there will always be work, hence we have the ability to offer overtime pay. Times have changed, dealerships can be monotonous whereas UPak has a wide range of equipment to learn on and make the days go by feeling like you have learned and accomplished something. We mostly run Freightliners and Mack’s along with various yellow iron including CAT 950m loaders, excavators, backhoes and multiple forklifts. We are constantly expanding our fleet within our forward thinking company. For candidates that show dedication and eagerness to learn, U-Pak will help them continue to obtain your certificate through schooling and sponsorship.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with a fleet of over 150 vehicles and equipment including trucks, loaders, forklift, etc.
  • Inspect vehicle computer and electronic systems to repair, maintain and upgrade
  • Conduct routine maintenance work (replacing fluids, lubricating parts etc.) aiming to vehicle functionality and longevity
  • Maintain current PM’s and schedule future maintenance sessions
  • Repair or replace broken or dysfunctional parts and fix issues (e.g. leaks)
  • Keep logs on work and issues using RTA and computer software
  • Maintain company owned equipment and keep tools in neat and proper condition
  • Assist in conducting pre and post vehicle inspections of equipment
  • Reporting any safety or repair issues to the shop supervisor
  • Follow and maintain all safety measures to according to U-Pak company policy and procedures
  • Courteous interaction with fellow employees and supervisors.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience as heavy equipment mechanic
  • Excellent knowledge of mechanical, electrical and electronic components of vehicles
  • Working knowledge of vehicle diagnostic systems and methods
  • High school diploma is preferred
  • Certification from a vocational school or completion of apprenticeship is preferred (3rd year Apprentice Level and Up)
  • 310T License preferred
  • Must be highly motivated and have the ability to problem solve
  • Must supply own tools

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From $36.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Dental care
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Evening shift

Supplemental pay types:

  • Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Etobicoke, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Education:

  • Secondary School (preferred)

Experience:

  • Heavy Equipment: 2 years (required)

Licence/Certification:

  • 310T license (required)

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