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53-3032.02 - Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Drive tractor-trailer truck to transport products, livestock, or materials to specified destinations.

Following are examples of the tasks required for a tractor-trailer truck driver. For more detailed information including knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, work context, job zone, interests, work values, work needs, and related occupations, visit the O*Net web site at http://online.onetcenter.org/report?r=1&id=1099.


  • Drives tractor-trailer combination, applying knowledge of commercial driving regulations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or materials, usually over long distance.
  • Maneuvers truck into loading or unloading position, following signals from loading crew as needed.
  • Drives truck to weigh station before and after loading, and along route to document weight and conform to state regulations.
  • Maintains driver log according to I.C.C. regulations.
  • Inspects truck before and after trips and submits report indicating truck condition.
  • Reads bill of lading to determine assignment.
  • Fastens chain or binders to secure load on trailer during transit.
  • Loads or unloads, or assists in loading and unloading truck.
  • Works as member of two-person team driving tractor with sleeper bunk behind cab.
  • Services truck with oil, fuel, and radiator fluid to maintain tractor-trailer.
  • Obtains customer's signature or collects payment for services.
  • Inventories and inspects goods to be moved.
  • Wraps goods using pads, packing paper, and containers, and secures load to trailer wall using straps.
  • Gives directions to helper in packing and moving goods to trailer.

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