Truck Driver, (Heavy) apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Truck Driver, (Heavy)

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Truck Driver, (Heavy) apprenticeship

DOT code: 905.663-014, AIMS code: 0980

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Drives truck with capacity of more than 3 tons, to transport materials to and from specified destinations: Drives truck to destination, applying knowledge of commercial driving regulations and area roads. Prepares receipts for load picked up. Collects payment for goods delivered and for delivery charges. May maintain truck log, according to state and federal regulations. May maintain telephone or radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions. May load and unload truck. May inspect truck equipment and supplies, such as tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil, and water. May perform emergency roadside repairs, such as changing tires, installing light bulbs, tire chains, and spark plugs. May position blocks and tie rope around items to secure cargo during transit. When driving truck equipped for specific purposes, such as fighting fires, digging holes, and installing and repairing utility company lines, may be designated Fire-Truck Driver (petrol. and gas); Hole-Digger-Truck Driver (construction; tel. & tel.; utilities); Tower-Truck Driver (tel. & tel.; utilities). When specializing in making deliveries, may be designated Delivery-Truck Driver, Heavy (any industry). May be designated according to type of truck driven as Truck Driver, Flatbed (logging). May be designated according to kind of cargo transported as Water Hauler (logging).

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Semi bottom dump diesel Trucks 600
B. Semi end dump diesel Trucks 700
C. Doubles; and semi double diesel trucks 700
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 2000
The above schedule is recognized as sufficiently flexible to be changed if accumulated experience indicates that changes will be to the advantage of the sponsor and apprentice.

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

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