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Become A Transport Truck Driver

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Working As A Transport 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

  • $62,400

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Transport Truck Driver does

  • Obeyed traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.
  • Deliver and unload propane to customer's bulk storage tanks in various locations in Texas Colorado NM and Arizona.
  • Prepare Hazardous Goods Declaration forms (HAZDECs) for all equipment containing HAZMAT.
  • Maintained records required for compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Conducted and documented all pre-trip and post-trip inspections of tractor-trailer unit in accordance with DOT regulations and company guidelines.
  • Certified Forklift Operator Transported and assured safe storage of high dollar merchandise within the warehouse per company policies.
  • Drive a 53' tank trailer delivering petroleum products to bulk plants and customers.
  • Maintain equipment in a responsible manner.
  • Maintained a DOT driver log and records according to regulations and requirements.
  • Hauled produce and fresh water to and from drilling and production locations.
  • Conducted daily DOT pre-trip inspections according to a set checklist.
  • Obtained and maintained proper delivery authorization and pickup documentation.
  • Conducted daily DOT pre and post trip inspections according to a set checklist and submit all reports on truck conditions.
  • Maintained a daily, legible DOT log book and submitted corresponding documents.
  • Licensed to drive LMTV (5ton), Humvee, Semi-Truck, LHS, and Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET).
  • Submitted a daily mileage log with trip sheet, fuel, maintenance and delivery documentation.
  • Loaded and unloaded tank trucks and rail cars; Experience handling hazardous material.

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How To Become A Transport 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).

Education

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.

Training

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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Top Skills for A Transport Truck Driver

CompanySafetyComplianceHeavyEquipmentLogBookCdl-APickupDocumentationStorageTanksHazardousMaterialDriverLogTrafficLawsHazmatCleanDrivingRecordPost-TripInspectionsLinePipeDealershipsFederalRegulationsPetroleumProductsFreshWaterPre-TripInspectionsSetChecklistE

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Top Transport Truck Driver Skills

  1. Company Safety Compliance
  2. Heavy Equipment
  3. Log Book
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated a forklift to unload and load heavy equipment and piping from vehicles throughout the job site.
  • Maintained a daily, legible DOT log book and submitted corresponding documents.
  • Obtained and maintained proper delivery authorization and pickup documentation.
  • Deliver and unload propane to customer's bulk storage tanks in various locations in Texas Colorado NM and Arizona.
  • Have extensive tractor/trailer/flatbed/hazardous material/oil field experience throughout continental USA/Canada (verified 350,000 miles in a 3 year period).

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