HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS
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.
Annual salaries range betweeen $24,170 and $62,220.
JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2024)
DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)
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.