Drives a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Checks vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
- Follows appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
- Inspects loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
- Maintains logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
- Secures cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.
- Maneuvers trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned.
- Reports vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
- Obtains receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collects payment for services when required.
- Drives trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.
- Checks all load-related documentation for completeness and accuracy.
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