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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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Hispanic or Latino11.3%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix18.9%
Universal Technical Institute6.5%
Kirkwood Community College5.8%
Houston Community College4.7%
Central Texas College4.5%
Hinds Community College4.3%
Lansing Community College4.3%
Fox Valley Technical College4.2%
Diesel Driving Academy3.5%
Colorado Technical University3.1%
Community College of the Air Force3.0%
Greenville Technical College3.0%
American InterContinental University3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Truck Driver||Olsen Bros. Transportation, Inc.||Tremonton, UT||Dec 23, 2016||$65,219 -
|Truck Driver||Olsen Bros. Transportation, Inc.||Tremonton, UT||Aug 26, 2016||$65,219 -
|Truck Driver||Anderson Western, Inc.||Bismarck, ND||Apr 26, 2016||$56,558|
|Truck Driver||Prairie Grains Custom Hauling||Underwood, ND||Nov 01, 2016||$56,516|
|Seasonal CDL Truck Drivers||Northern Improvement Company||Dickinson, ND||May 12, 2016||$56,516|
|Truck Driver||Prairie Grains Custom Hauling||ND||Jan 09, 2016||$56,516|
|Truck Driver||Baranko Bros Inc.||Dickinson, ND||Apr 12, 2016||$54,137|
|Truck Driver||Wildcat Trucking LLC||Sidney, MT||Jan 04, 2016||$54,137|
|Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer||Center Coal||ND||Oct 01, 2015||$54,095|
|Seasonal CDL Truck Drivers||Northern Improvement Company||ND||May 12, 2015||$54,095|
|Truck Driver||Baranko Bros Inc.||ND||Apr 01, 2015||$50,443|
|Seasonal CDL Truck Drivers||Northern Improvement Company||ND||May 12, 2015||$50,443|
|Company Class A Trucker Driver||BN Trux Inc.||Ferndale, WA||Feb 17, 2015||$49,984|
|Truck Driver||JAJ Hauling, LLC||Mission, TX||May 01, 2016||$49,191|
|Truck Driver||Freightstar Expedited LLC||Elmhurst, IL||Mar 01, 2015||$38,700 -
|Truck Driver||Hausbeck Brothers Inc.||Reese, MI||Oct 03, 2016||$38,004|
|Truck Driver||Trancasa USA, Inc.||Pharr, TX||Apr 15, 2016||$37,942|
|Truck Driver||Trancasa USA, Inc.||Pharr, TX||Feb 15, 2016||$37,942|
|Truck Driver||Transport Leasing Company, LLP||Hillsboro, ND||Oct 01, 2016||$37,691|
|Truck Driver||Transport Leasing Company, LLP||Drayton, ND||Oct 01, 2016||$37,691|
|Truck Drivers||Isabel G Baeza||TX||Feb 01, 2015||$37,566|
|Truck Driver||Gallegos Transport, L.L.C.||AZ||Oct 04, 2016||$36,084|
|Truck Driver||PSP Transporting LLC||Roscoe, SD||Apr 04, 2016||$35,354|
|Truck Driver||JAJ Hauling, LLC||Mission, TX||Mar 01, 2016||$34,081|
|Truck Driver||Global Better Solutions, LLC||TX||May 31, 2016||$34,081|
|Truck Driver||Proquality Transportation & Logistics Services, LLC||Sumner, WA||Sep 14, 2016||$33,675|
|Truck Driver||Desert Runner Transportation Inc.||Nogales, AZ||Dec 12, 2016||$33,392|
|Truck Driver||Orchard's Logistics, LLC||Nogales, AZ||Oct 01, 2015||$32,995|
|Truck Driver||Four Queens Transportation LLC||Nogales, AZ||Oct 01, 2015||$32,995|
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