Heavy Truck Driver Kaitaraiwa Taraka Taumaha

Heavy truck drivers drive trucks with or without trailers. They transport materials, livestock, machinery, liquids, general freight, and sometimes hazardous substances.

Heavy truck drivers may do some or all of the following:

  • routinely check their truck
  • weigh their truck before and after it is loaded
  • supervise or help with loading their truck
  • check the condition of the load and that it is secure
  • follow correct safety procedures
  • keep records of, and check invoices for, goods they carry
  • plan the best delivery route
  • make deliveries or pick up goods
  • keep a logbook of the hours they work.

Physical Requirements

Heavy truck drivers need to have good general health and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for heavy truck drivers includes work:

  • as a driver
  • as a truck driver's assistant
  • at loading and unloading facilities
  • in goods handling and management
  • in warehouses or stores
  • in an industry related to the materials being transported – for example, farming experience before driving livestock.

Personal Qualities

Heavy truck drivers need to be:

  • punctual
  • reliable and responsible
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to remain calm in emergencies
  • able to work well under pressure
  • courteous and law-abiding on the road.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for heavy truck drivers includes work:

  • as a driver
  • as a truck driver's assistant
  • at loading and unloading facilities
  • in goods handling and management
  • in warehouses or stores
  • in an industry related to the materials being transported – for example, farming experience before driving livestock.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths, and construction and mechanical technologies to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.  

Heavy Truck Drivers can earn around $19-$30 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Heavy Truck Driver are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Heavy truck drivers may buy their own vehicle and become self-employed. They may eventually run a fleet of trucks and employ a number of truck drivers.

It is also possible to move into:

  • distribution or haulage management
  • transport and logistics planning.

Heavy truck drivers may specialise in a particular area of truck driving such as:

  • line haulage (city-to-city driving)
  • driving trucks within town or city centres
  • driving trucks for specific industries such as forestry or petroleum.
Heavy Truck Driver

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