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Become A Heavy Truck Driver

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Working As A Heavy Truck Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $40,260

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Heavy Truck Driver does

  • Employed industry standard HAZMAT procedures.
  • Performed preventive maintenance checks and services on vehicles.
  • Maintained truck log, according to State and Federal Regulations.
  • Operate forklifts and heavy equipment as needed.
  • Placard truck according to state and federal regulations.
  • Provided logistical support to the U.S. military Extensively trained and experienced in working in harsh and high riskenvironments.
  • Drive off road dump truck, kept track of hauled loads.
  • Perform Heavy Truck and car repair.
  • Supervised drivers performing preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) on vehicles.
  • Loaded, secured, and transported military equipment.
  • Ensured Hazardous Materials Are Secured And Transported Properly.
  • Observed and followed all safety rules and procedures.
  • Operate fuel tanker trucks-refilling generators, topping off tanker, recordkeeping of all deliveries;.
  • Operated various straight trucks to support operations for the KBR Transportation Department in KAF.
  • Performed Customer Service with the Ft. Riley DRMO.
  • Load and unload tractor-trailer systems.
  • Drive trucks or other heavy equipment to convey contaminated waste to designated sea or ground locations.
  • Collected payment for goods delivered and for delivery charges.
  • Haul heavy equipment and tow semi truck CDL A
  • PRESENT Reviews all scheduled TMRs to include backhauls with the Convoy Commander.

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How To Become A Heavy Truck Driver

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truckdriving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).


Most companies require their truck drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Many companies require drivers to attend professional truckdriving schools, where they take training courses to learn how to maneuver large vehicles on highways or through crowded streets. During these classes, drivers also learn the federal laws and regulations governing interstate truck driving. Students attend either a private truckdriving school or a program at a community college that lasts between 3 and 6 months.

Upon finishing their classes, drivers receive a certificate of completion.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a requirement that mandates all newly hired interstate truck drivers to take a truckdriving course.

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) certifies a small percentage of driver-training courses at truckdriver training schools that meet both the industry standards and the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All long-haul truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but generally include passing both a knowledge test and a driving test. States have the right to refuse to issue a CDL to anyone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Drivers can get endorsements to their CDL that show their ability to drive a specialized type of vehicle. Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) must have a hazardous materials endorsement (H). Getting this endorsement requires passing an additional knowledge test and a background check.

Federal regulations require random testing of on-duty truck drivers for drug or alcohol abuse. In addition, truck drivers can have their CDL suspended if they are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.

Other actions can result in a suspension after multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a list of these violations. Additionally, some companies have stricter standards than what federal regulations require.


After completing truckdriving school and being hired by a company, drivers normally receive between 1 and 3 months of on-the-job training. During this time, they drive a truck with a more experienced mentor–driver in the passenger seat. This period of on-the-job training is given so that the new drivers will learn more about the specific type of truck they will drive and material they will transport.

Important Qualities

Hand-eye coordination. Drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers must be able to coordinate their legs, hands, and eyes simultaneously so that they will react appropriately to the situation around them and drive the vehicle safely.

Hearing ability. Truck drivers need good hearing. Federal regulations require that a driver be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at 5 feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid).

Physical health. Federal regulations do not allow people to become truck drivers if they have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy, which may interfere with their ability to operate a truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a full list of medical conditions that disqualify someone from driving a long-haul truck.

Visual ability. Truck drivers must be able to pass vision tests. Federal regulations require a driver to have at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish the colors on a traffic light.

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Heavy Truck Driver Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Nepali

  • Cherokee

  • Dari

  • Carrier

  • Malayalam

  • Italian

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Real Heavy Truck Driver Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Heavy Truck Driver Cargo Taxi Corporation Princeton, NJ Mar 11, 2015 $44,928
Heavy Truck Driver Cargo Taxi Corporation Princeton, NJ Apr 08, 2015 $44,928
Heavy Truck Driver A. Dahl Trucking IA Apr 15, 2015 $41,281
Heavy Truck Trailer Driver Beacon Transport Smyrna, TN Jun 05, 2012 $38,244
Heavy Truck Driver Global Service LLS Hallandale Beach, FL Oct 31, 2016 $36,898
Heavy Truck Driver Global Service LLC Hallandale Beach, FL Apr 01, 2016 $36,898
Heavy Truck Driver Global Service LLC Hallandale Beach, FL Feb 15, 2016 $36,898
Track Drivers, Heavy and Trailer Manuel Huerta Trucking Inc. Rio Rico, AZ Nov 08, 2007 $36,000

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Top Skills for A Heavy Truck Driver


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Top Heavy Truck Driver Skills

  1. Company Vehicles
  2. Safety Rules
  3. Delivery Charges
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Observed and followed all safety rules and procedures, including wearing required personal safety equipment.
  • Obtained customer signature and collected payment for goods delivered and delivery charges.
  • Operated military vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Loaded and unloaded tractor-trailer systems.
  • Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with state regulations.

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