Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver

What do Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers do?

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 26,000 pounds. Some drivers have a route that they drive regularly, and others take many different routes throughout the country. Some drivers will also be responsible for loading and unloading their truck.


Average Wage

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Experienced Wage

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As a Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver you will:

Drive long distances
Inspect trailers before and after the trip and record any defects found
Keep trucks and associated equipment clean and in good working order
Maintain a log of working hours, following all federal and state regulations
Report to a dispatcher any incidents encountered on the road

Training & Educational Opportunities

If you are interested in gaining employment as a truck driver, you need to complete training and earn an Illinois Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Some employers may require candidates to have previous experience and special coursework and certification in hazardous materials, air brake endorsement, tank vehicles, etc.


Training Providers

  • 160 Driving Academy
  • College of DuPage
  • Elgin Community College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Mid-City Truck Driving Academy
  • Progressive Truck Driving School, Inc.
  • STAR Truck Driving School
  • Wolf Driving School

Need Help Paying for These Skills or Certifications?

A WIOA grant can pay for up to $10,000 of training.

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From Homeless to Full-Time Employment

With determination and a little help from workNet DuPage, Joseph Miller found a new career in trucking.

Joseph Miller was unhappy with his living situation and wanted a better life. Homeless and living in a shelter he was eager to get a Commercial Driver’s License to become an over-the-road truck driver, but he wasn’t able to pay for the training. He contacted our offices at workNet DuPage and applied for a WIOA training grant. That move set the path forward for Joseph to attend College of DuPage’s Truck Driving School and start a new career at age 61.

With keen determination Joseph passed the Secretary of State’s CDL exams and got his Class A CDL. Shortly after he was offered a job with Paschall Truck Lines. He told our friends at College of DuPage, “If I can do this, anyone can.” Congratulations, Joe! Your success inspires all of us!

Learn more about the College of DuPage Truck Driving School here.

Types of Employers

  • Freight carrier companies
  • Grocery stores
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Shipping companies

Specialization and advancement opportunities:

  • Automobile Carrier Driver
  • Freight Truck Driver
  • Gasoline Truck Driver
  • Long Haul Truck Driver
  • Truck Owner Operator