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Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
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Heavy and tractor-trailer drivers will operate vehicles with a gross vehicle weight capacity of over 26,000 pounds over intercity routes, state lines, and sometimes even across national borders. With a current need for transport of all kinds of goods, the top industries hiring transporters are petroleum, mining, and grocery services. Long-haul drivers dominate the profession, typically in teams of two for efficient travel times. Drivers must often load and unload their cargo before and after driving. Owner operators, drivers who buy or lease trucks to work as independent transportation services, are especially responsible for all parts of loading, unloading, and transporting. Owner-operators perform driving as well as administrative duties in order to serve their clientele.
Some Important Factors to Consider:
- Drivers are on the road for long periods of time away from home
- Most of the job is done inside the cabin of the vehicle
- Must (at times) be able to freely cross state and national borders
Estimates show the Gulf Coast Region will be needing almost 1,700 drivers per year.
Demand will cause almost 10,000 jobs to be created by 2024.
How do you become an Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver?
Along with a high school diploma or the equivalent, many companies will require employees to attend truck driving schools or programs at the local community college certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), but the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering mandating this prerequisite. In addition, all truck drivers must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) with the various endorsements displaying which special types of vehicle they are licensed to transport.
Once qualified and licensed, new drivers will receive on-the-job training for 1 to 3 months with an experienced mentor-driver in the passenger seat teaching them about the routes and specific type of truck they are responsible for.
Gulf Coast Region Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Driving Programs
Major Employers in the Region
- Anderson Trucking Service
- Performance Food Group
- TransAm Trucking
- J.B. Hunt
- C&S Wholesale Grocers
- Owens & Minor
- Ruan Transportation Management Systems
- Kloeckner Metals Corporation
- Brenham Wholesale Grocery Co.
- Grocers Supply
- Nestle USA
- Star Freight
- Coca Cola Southwest Beverages LLC
- Fiesta Mart LLC
*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.