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HEAVY TRUCK DRIVING

TRANSPORTATION

Drive trucks with a capacity of more than three tons to transport and deliver cargo. People on this career pathway have to be able to maintain truck logs according to state and federal regulations.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Checking vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety and emergency equipment is in good working order
  • Maneuvering trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew, and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned
  • Collecting delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes

Career Options

Most Heavy Truck Driving graduates work full time for a trucking company. They drive heavy trucks for delivery and help load and unload trucks. Long-haul truck drivers may be away from home for days or weeks at a time. To be an interstate commercial driver (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations), you must be at least 21 years of age and pass a physical examination every 2 years.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Good hearing, 20/40 vision or better (may not be colorblind), and normal use of arms and legs.
  • Not allowed for interstate truck drivers: epilepsy, diabetes controlled by insulin, or the use of any controlled substances not prescribed by a licensed physician
  • No felony convictions involving the use of a motor vehicle, a crime involving drugs, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusing to submit to an alcohol test required by a state
  • A driver must not have left the scene of a crime or caused a fatality through negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled.
  • Have a clean driving record.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Transportation training area can earn nationally recognized credentials and/or state licensure. Credentials such as these show that students have the skills and knowledge to work in transportation, logistics, and customer service.

Heavy Truck Driving Numbers to Know

$40K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Concern for others
Cooperation
Focus
Independence