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Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
District Of Columbia

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Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight GVW . May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.

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Currently Employed: 750

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.80 - $27.59

Typical Annual Salary: $41,200 - $57,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
  • Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
  • Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
  • Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.
  • Follow special cargo-related procedures, such as checking refrigeration systems for frozen foods or providing food or water for livestock.
  • Maneuver trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned.
  • Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
  • Obtain receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collect payment for services when required.
  • Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.

tools & technology

  • Flatbed trailers
  • Lifts
  • Snowplow attachments
  • Trailer hitches
  • Wheel loaders

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Inventory management software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Route navigation software

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