HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS


DESCRIPTION

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). Requires commercial drivers' license.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order. 
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods. 
  • Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure. 
  • Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations. 
  • Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Flatbed trailers — Lowboy trailers; Tilt trailers 
  • Lifts — Handlifts; Hydraulic lifts; Johnson bars 
  • Mobile phones — Cell phones 
  • Snowplow attachments — Plow attachments 
  • Trailer hitches — Sliding fifth wheels; Sliding tandem axles

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $39,430 or $18.96/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $24,170 and $62,220.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2024)

11,620

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★✩✩ Strong

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 56% had a high school diploma or equivalent. Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.