Truck drivers use heavy vehicles to transport goods and materials from one location to another.
Duties & Tasks
Truck drivers may perform the following tasks:drive defensively and handle hazardous road conditions
load goods onto the truck either by hand, or by using a forklift or other lifting equipment
make sure loads are correctly placed and secured to avoid damage to the truck or goods
couple and uncouple trailers
perform preand mid-trip vehicle and security inspections
carry out basic vehicle maintenance
drive vehicles to their destination and unload
carry out administrative duties, such as checking items against the inventory, recording damage, collecting payments and issuing receipts
enter information into in-cab electronic equipment to record required trip information
maintain a work diary with details of trips.
Truck drivers may drive company-owned vehicles or be owner-drivers. Owner-drivers must obtain their own delivery work. Truck drivers carry a wide variety of goods, including flammable substances, raw materials, building materials, manufactured goods, livestock and refrigerated products. This profession often requires early starts, long shifts, days away from home, as well as travelling long distances to country, interstate or remote areas. Some trucks are equipped with bunks, televisions, refrigerators and ergonomically designed seats.
enjoy practical work
able to drive safely
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
meet any age restrictions that may apply.