A Young Person’s Guide to Transportation Jobs Part 5

A Young Person’s Guide to Transportation Jobs Part 5

9/27/2014 Umut Türker 2799 Times Read

It should offer not only classroom education but also a simulator (much like those that airline pilots use) and real-life training with a focus on safe, efficient and effective driving.

You should also learn the basics that are endemic to all cargo or transportation jobs or responsibilities. You should learn how to handle freight, loading and unloading, dock loading, learning how to drive in all types of traffic, weather and terrains, learning the various rules and regulations in virtually everything that you will do, and keeping logbooks, avoiding accidents and reporting procedures.

Good schools should also partner with various trucking companies so that you can more readily and easily become hired by a reputable company.


Truck Driver


Once you have learned to become a truck driver then you can become a truck driver, of course. There are actually different types of truck drivers. The first is that of the owner-operator (also called O/O, or known as “doublestuffs” within the community). These are drivers who own the trucks that they drive. They can enter into a contract with one company (such as “LMN Retail Stores”) or with multiple companies, by which they would become self-employed independent contractors. A very similar type is that of the independent owner-operator. This seems to be differentiated from the O/O in that the latter own a small fleet of trucks. Company drivers are of the third type and for an employer, such as LMN Trucking Company or LMN Retail Stores.

There are also various categories of truck drivers. Most of them were mentioned above (garbage trucks, cement mixers, etc), and can also include refrigerated goods (reefer) drivers, team drivers (often husband and wife), tanker drivers (usually referring to truckers who transport liquids), local drivers (as opposed to long-haul drivers) and others.