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 conditionsload goods onto the truck either by hand, or by using a forklift or other lifting equipmentmake sure loads are correctly placed and secured to avoid damage to the truck or goodscouple and uncouple trailersperform pre- and mid-trip vehicle and security inspectionscarry out basic vehicle maintenancedrive vehicles to their destination and unloadcarry out administrative duties, such as checking items against the inventory, recording damage, collecting payments and issuing receiptsenter information into in-cab electronic equipment to record required trip informationmaintain 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 mechanical aptitude able to drive safely able to cope with the physical demands of the job safety-conscious meet any age restrictions that may apply.