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Light Truck Driver

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High school preferred +

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What They Do

Light Truck Drivers Career Video

About This Career

Drives a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Obeys traffic laws and follows established traffic and transportation procedures.
  • Turns in receipts and money received from deliveries.
  • Reads maps and follows written or verbal geographic directions.
  • Verifies the contents of inventory loads against shipping papers.
  • Loads and unloads trucks, vans, or automobiles.
  • Drives vehicles with capacities under three tons to transport materials to and from specified destinations, such as railroad stations, plants, residences, offices, or within industrial yards.
  • Maintains records, such as vehicle logs, records of cargo, or billing statements, in accordance with regulations.
  • Inspects and maintains vehicle supplies and equipment, such as gas, oil, water, tires, lights, or brakes, to ensure that vehicles are in proper working condition.
  • Presents bills and receipts and collects payments for goods delivered or loaded.
  • Reports any mechanical problems encountered with vehicles.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bulk Delivery Driver
  • Delivery Driver — Drives automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products.
  • Driver
  • Package Car Driver
  • Package Delivery Driver
  • Route Driver
  • Service Provider
  • Truck Driver


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