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Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Truck Driver, Driver, Over the Road Driver (OTR Driver), Delivery Driver, Road Driver, Semi Truck Driver

Average Salary: Entry level--$30,800    Experienced--$49,640

Education/Training Required: High school or GED plus Trade School and Class A Certification, Class B Certification in some jobs; some jobs prefer Tanker and Hazmat endorsement

Jobs Available: 71-160

Energy Industries: Gas, Transmission & Distribution

 Responsibilities

  • Driving construction oriented vehicles, sometimes in high traffic volume areas, such as Washington, D.C.—driving skills are important and difficult.

  • Flexibility to be on-call to drive to site when on-call and emergency request comes in.

  • Calculating, measuring, blueprint reading.

  • Building guardrails, signs on highways; seeding, mulching, and  landscaping work in heavy construction areas.

  • Unload the ; involves lifting materials, weighing approximately 70 lbs., frequently.

  • Interact with clients on job sites.

 Critical Knowledge

  • Understanding and knowledge of driving and rules and regulations. Also required to have an understanding of work processes and how construction workers operate together.

  • Learn (on the job) how to build guardrails, install road signage, hydroseeding, construction.

 Tools and Technology

  • Flatbed trailers—Lowboy trailers; Tilt trailers

  • Lifts—Hand; Hydraulic ; Johnson bars

  • Trailer hitches—Sliding fifth ; Sliding tandem axles 


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