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Become A Tractor Driver

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Working As A Tractor 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

  • $21,663

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Tractor Driver does

  • Dispatch, pickup, and deliver local freight.
  • Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives.
  • Operate tractor trailer to transport cotton from fields into cotton gin for pressing.
  • Stocked unit's daily changed rolls, emptied scrap hoppers, OSHA certification.
  • Transport heavy machinery and tractor attachments from field to field.
  • Operate, maintain and control a tractor trailer for deliveries of customer goods.
  • Transport hazardous materials.Asphalt Water Truck Knowledge of grading equipment operation and job tasks.
  • Drive tractors and operate equipment.
  • Operated heavy machinery such as tractors, backhoe work and other general farm equipment to perform manual labor.
  • operate john deere tractor and trailer to move pallets for plants.fertilized plants.
  • Train incoming CDL A drivers on delivery routes and dock routines.
  • Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
  • Maintained trucks and heavy equipment, including oil changes, tires, and fueling.

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How To Become A Tractor 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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Real Tractor Driver Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor Drivers Miller Gordon LLC Saint George, UT Oct 01, 2009 $46,592
Tractor Drivers Wafla Royal City, WA Feb 29, 2016 $27,966
Tractor Drivers McDougall Family Farming Royal City, WA Feb 29, 2016 $27,966
Tractor Driver Ferrari Farms, Inc. Linden, CA Feb 21, 2015 $23,646
Tractor Driver Ferrari Farms, Inc. Linden, CA Feb 21, 2016 $23,646
SOD Farm Tractor Driver Billy Mayfield Farms Bay City, TX Nov 12, 2016 $23,270
Tractor Driver Garry Saha Bay City, TX Jan 02, 2015 $22,665
Tractor Driver Garry Saha Bay City, TX Apr 22, 2014 $22,665
Tractor Driver Ferrari Farms, Inc. Linden, CA Feb 21, 2014 $22,414
Sugarcane Tractor Driver Gonsoulin Farms LLC New Iberia, LA Jul 25, 2016 $22,310
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Top Skills for A Tractor Driver


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Top Tractor Driver Skills

  1. Tractor Trailer
  2. Heavy Forklift
  3. General Farm Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operate, maintain and control tractor trailer for deliveries of containers to and from cargo piers.
  • Operated heavy machinery such as tractors, backhoe work and other general farm equipment to perform manual labor.
  • Drive tractors for the purpose of building or repairing logging and skid roads.
  • Transport heavy machinery and tractor attachments from field to field.
  • Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.

Top Tractor Driver Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a Tractor Driver

  1. D&M Sprayers
  2. CDL A
  3. JC Dominguez FLC
  4. Semi-Truck
  5. Zirkle Fruit Company
  6. Reaper's Revenge Haunted Hayride
  7. Independent Ag Inc
  8. S.H. Smith Farms, INC
  10. Colliginan Farms
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