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