Heavy Truck Driver

Drive trucks to a destination, with a capacity of more than 3 tons.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Heavy Truck Drivers do?

Drives truck with capacity of more than 3 tons, to transport materials to and from specified destinations: Drives truck to destination, applying knowledge of commercial driving regulations and area roads. Prepares receipts for load picked up. Collects payment for goods delivered and for delivery charges. May maintain truck log, according to state and federal regulations. May maintain telephone or radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions. May load and unload truck. May inspect truck equipment and supplies, such as tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil, and water. May perform emergency roadside repairs, such as changing tires, installing light bulbs, tire chains, and spark plugs. May position blocks and tie rope around items to secure cargo during transit. When driving truck equipped for specific purposes, such as fighting fires, digging holes, and installing and repairing utility company lines, may be designated Fire-Truck Driver; Hole-Digger-Truck Driver; Tower-Truck Driver. When specializing in making deliveries, may be designated Delivery-Truck Driver, Heavy. May be designated according to type of truck driven as Truck Driver, Flatbed. May be designated according to kind of cargo transported as Water Hauler.

Should I be a Heavy Truck Driver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Delivery-Truck Driver, Heavy, Heavy Equipment Hauler, Highway Truck Driver, Hole-Digger-Truck Driver See More

    How to become a Heavy Truck Driver

    Most Heavy Truck Drivers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Doctorate degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9taaab&chl=no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29||||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,75,75
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