About This Career
Drives a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Checks all load-related documentation for completeness and accuracy.
- Inspects loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
- Checks vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
- Obtains receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collects payment for services when required.
- Cranks trailer landing gear up or down to safely secure vehicles.
- Maintains logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
- Reads bills of lading to determine assignment details.
- Reports vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
- Performs basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fuel, or radiator fluid, performing minor repairs, or washing trucks.
- Couples or uncouples trailers by changing trailer jack positions, connecting or disconnecting air or electrical lines, or manipulating fifth-wheel locks.