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Occupation Description:
  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.
Career Video:
  Video Icon  Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
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Typical Tasks:
  • Drive electric or hybrid-electric powered trucks or alternative fuel-powered trucks to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.
  • Operate idle reduction systems or auxiliary power systems to generate power from alternative sources, such as fuel cells, to reduce idling time, to heat or cool truck cabins, or to provide power for other equipment.
  • Plan or adjust routes based on changing conditions, using computer equipment, global positioning systems (GPS) equipment, or other navigation devices to minimize fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
  • Check all load-related documentation for completeness and accuracy.
  • Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes in compliance with state regulations.
  • Operate equipment, such as truck cab computers, CB radios, phones, or global positioning systems (GPS) equipment to exchange necessary information with bases, supervisors, or other drivers.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits..
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
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Education & Training:
  Post secondary vocational training
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License Authority for Truck Driver, Heavy or Tractor Trailer (CDL):  (License details)
  Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT   006161
(860) 263-5700

License Authority for Commercial Driver's License (CDL):  (License details)
  Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT   006161
(860) 263-5700

Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $48,697.00 $23.41 $17.40 $19.58 - $27.29
Bridgeport/Stamford $53,020.00 $25.49 $18.49 $20.58 - $30.16
Danbury $41,898.00 $20.15 $14.07 $15.31 - $24.58
Hartford $49,005.00 $23.56 $18.53 $20.43 - $27.08
New Haven $48,234.00 $23.19 $17.70 $19.88 - $26.44
New London/Norwich $45,852.00 $22.05 $15.29 $17.21 - $26.06
Waterbury $48,440.00 $23.29 $17.35 $19.51 - $26.75
Torrington $46,458.00 $22.34 $18.02 $19.72 - $24.65
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Occupation Outlook:
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 14,110 14,600 0.3% 289
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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