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Become A Truck Operator

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Working As A Truck Operator

  • 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

What Does A Truck Operator Do At Kelly Services

* Responsible for learning and identifying all pieces of treating iron for fracturing jobs (i.e. floppers, check valves, dart valves, 2x1 valves, suction manifolds, hoses, etc), and applying acquired knowledge in the field.
* Learns how to drive and operate Fracturing trucks and equipment; progresses to independently driving Iron, Sand, BASS and Auxiliary Sand trucks
* Assists in performing emergency roadside repairs as required
* Assists Field Operators and Supervisors with rigging in / out fracturing equipment for service
* Lifts, carries and moves iron pipes and fracturing equipment to / from trucks and well site
* Assembles and disassembles iron and fracturing pieces
* Monitors and manipulates sand control gauges, transfer belt controls, valves, and other hydraulic equipment to control sand flow to Blender
* Increase or decrease flow speed as needed
* Maintains truck and equipment to standards, and ensures all equipment, including personal protective equipment, is in proper working order.
* Inspects truck equipment and supplies such as tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil, and water pre-and post-trip
* Learns and assists Field Operators and Supervisors with performing routine maintenance on fracturing equipment (i.e. quarterly maintenance inspections, 200 & 400 hour inspections and services on trucks and equipment).
* Learns and is responsible for completing required paperwork and submitting it to the appropriate parties accurately and on time (i.e. fuel log report, timesheets and log books, maintenance reports, month-end expense reports, trip permits, etc).
* Maintains Safety Standards always: shop, yard, location and while traveling.
* Reports all hazards or potentially hazardous situations, accidents, incidents and injuries immediately to supervisor.
* Attends weekly Safety Meetings.
* All other duties assigned

What Does A Truck Operator Do At T E C Industrial

* Execute various minor construction projects as required
* Willingness and ability to work various shifts and overtime on short notice in order to meet businesses' needs
* Maintain equipment & clean around workstations
* Interface with supervisor & or manager to give progress updates as required
* Able to work outdoors in the elements
* Work in tight spaces-physically able to climb up and down safely in proximity of manufacturing and process equipment
* elevated work >4' - fall protection required

What Does A Truck Operator Do At Barnhill Contracting Company

* Operating a service truck but not limited to that type of truck.
* Must be able to perform maintenance, diagnostic and repair of diesel equipment and trucks.
* Keep radiators clean and check cooling system has the proper amount of anti-freeze for winter months.
* Perform basic vehicle Maintenance.
* Keep inflated to specifications and keep shop manager aware of tires that need to be replaced.
* Responsible for the daily fueling and greasing of equipment on job site.
* Must check and top off all fluid levels.
* Keep machines Preventative maintenance up to date: Change oils and filters as scheduled

What Does A Truck Operator Do At Geisinger Health System

* Obtains and maintains Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation certification requirements to operate a weight class 8 straight truck with air brakes.
* Delivers pharmaceuticals, supplies, equipment, and mail, via a weight class 8 straight truck or cargo van.
* Loads and unloads vehicles using appropriate means to safely transport costly, perishable, and confidential materials.
* Obtains appropriate signatures and maintains records and documentation of pick-ups, deliveries, driving time, labor time, mileage, vehicle maintenance, fuel purchases, etc.
* Responds to emergency requests for unscheduled pick-ups and deliveries by contacting the supervisor to resolve schedule conflicts and adjust priorities.
* Adheres to infection control procedures, safety standards and traffic rules.
* Reports complaints, observations, problems, suggestions, etc., to supervisor in a timely manner.
* Maintains courteous, confidential and cooperative communications with all contacts.
* Knows and abides by the GHS policies and procedures including compliance policies.
* Performs as a back up to the Logistics Storage Facility Coordinator in their absence at the GMC Logistics Storage Facility.
* At GWV, responsible for the inventory control of the offsite storage facility.
* Receives incoming shipments.
* Inspects all containers for visible damage.
* Compares packing list against purchase order in Lawson PO30, notes discrepancies, notes number of cartons and signs freight bills as acceptance.
* Verifies product with packing slip.
* Records quantities and conditions of carton contents.
* Posts to PO30.
* Maintains daily receiving records (i.e. recording delivery signatures, packing slips, etc).
* Files in appropriate file daily.
* Records stats in Excel files daily.
* Compiles and rolls up for monthly report.
* Contacts buyer if there is no PO number, incorrect PO number, variance in the shipped quantity or if location cannot be determined because of an unreleased PO.
* Reports shortages/damages and other discrepancies and files claims for damages etc, as assigned.
* Prepares exception reports on any discrepancies received, faxes exception reports to buyer and files with packing slips, researches discrepancies and documents on Lawson PO30.
* Adds comments to PO line.
* Separates and stages deliveries for departments as assigned.
* Receives sensitive, sometimes hazardous materials including, medical gases, volatile or explosive material, acids and corrosives, and chemotherapy products.
* Adheres to safety and related procedures in handling and storage of such items to ensure employee, product, and facility safety.
* Reports any breakage in such items to proper personnel.
* Maintains all work areas in a clean and orderly condition.
* Observes and promotes fire prevention and safety practices.
* Follows all infection control policies.
* Completes training and certification for use of powered pallet jacks, order pickers, & fork trucks.
* Completes hands-on demonstration and verbal / written quiz (certificate will be issued in user's name).
* Performs daily inspection of equipment including daily vehicle inspection sheets.
* Completes all visual and operational checks on the daily inspection checklist.
* Corrects any problems before the equipment / vehicle can be operated.
* Places appropriate OUT OF SERVICE tag on the equipment until the problem is corrected.
* Performs other duties as required or assigned by emergency or other operational reasons for which the employee is qualified to perform.
* Must comply with applicable U
* S. Department of Transportation (DOT) safety regulations.
* Denotes essential job duties

What Does A Truck Operator Do At Lehigh Hanson

* Safety
* Perform a daily walk-around equipment inspection and fill out inspection form pre- and post-shift
* Observe all safety precautions and rules specified by federal, state, and company regulations
* Report unsafe conditions
* Report accidents or incidents immediately
* Operations
* Operate the haul truck to transport rock products from plant to stockpile as directed
* Utilize equipment in a manner to maximize productivity and minimize wear and down time
* Operate an 8000 gallon Water Truck to maintain dust control
* Work in all areas of the plant as needed
* Report mechanical or maintenance issues with equipment

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How To Become A Truck Operator

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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Truck Operator Career Paths

Truck Operator
Maintenance Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Foreman Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Foreman Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Crane Operator Truck Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Welder Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Crane Operator Material Handler Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operator And Truck Driver Forklift Operator Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
CDL Driver Tractor-Trailer Driver Driver
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Truck Operator Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • German

  • Dutch

  • Arabic

  • Filipino

  • Chinese

  • Samoan

  • Dakota

  • Navajo

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Real Truck Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Boom Truck Operator Orange County Superior Concrete Monroe, NY Dec 20, 2016 $65,125
Power-Truck Operator Jaime Trucking, Inc. Naples, FL Jun 02, 2008 $41,740 -
Industrial Truck Operator GDB International, Inc. Edison, NJ Dec 08, 2009 $36,105
Portable Restroom Truck Operator Obras LLC DBA Clear Creek Disposal Ketchum, ID Jun 16, 2010 $35,479
CDL Material Delivery Driver Trucking Operations Reece Albert, Inc. TX Feb 04, 2015 $22,394
Agricultural Truck Operators Alma Plantation, LLC LA Aug 15, 2016 $22,310
Agricultural Truck Operators Alma Plantation, LLC LA Aug 15, 2015 $21,246
Agricultural Truck Operators Raceland Raw Sugar, L.L.C. Raceland, LA Sep 15, 2015 $21,246

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Top Skills for A Truck Operator


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Top Truck Operator Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Delivery
  3. Company Vehicle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
  • Participated in strategic team communications with manufacturing plant's shipping and receiving functions for efficient coordination of product delivery.
  • Operated company vehicle while managing moving crew effectively.
  • Operate Large Haul Truck 777 in a safe professional manner in the mine area
  • Transport and set precast concrete materials with boom truck and crane to customer specifications.

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