Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
On the Job
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). They may unload trucks.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation.
- Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
- Inspect cargo areas for cleanliness or condition.
- Inspect motor vehicles.
- Monitor cargo area conditions.
- Read maps to determine routes.
- Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
- Operate communications equipment or systems.
- Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.
- Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working in very hot or cold temperatures.
- Having telephone conversations.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Dealing with external customers.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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