Career Research: Truck Driving

By: Casey Gillis

Why Did I Pick This Career?

This past Tuesday we had guest speakers come to our school and talk to the students about what they do for a career. The person that i was most interested in was Mrs Toms. The reason why is because i could relate to her career choices. She talked about how she started her career as a volunteer worker for the fire department, then later on she started working full-time for the fire department. She explained to us that during the time she has worked for the fire department she has drove the fire trucks,worked with the men going into the burning houses, and now she just works the office at the fire station. Mrs toms also talked about how her husband owns his own construction business and that she does all the paperwork for him. The reason that i was most interested in their careers is because I love to drive semis and a fire truck is similar but it doesn't have a 50 ft trailer behind it.

The main reason I choose Mrs Toms is because my dad and granddad drive semis I have always wanted to get my CD-L's and dive trucks myself. The only thing about driving trucks is you have to be 21 before you can get your CD-L's so I figured that i would work as a volunteer for the fire department and go to college as a diesel mechanic until i can drive semis.
Life of an American Truck Driver

What Do They Do?

Truck Drivers have a very important job. most people think that they just drive trucks, well they don't truck drivers have to not only drive the truck but they have keep the truck in good road conditions. Truck drivers also have a lot of paper work that they have to turn into the D.O.T office. The D.O.T requires truck driver to keep a log book of how long they drive the truck and to make sure that people don't drive the trucks wile they are sleepy.

Working Conditions

Truck drivers provide an essential service to industrialized societies by transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail and distribution centers. Truck drivers are also responsible for inspecting their vehicles for mechanical items or issues relating to safe operation. Others, such as driver/sales workers, are also responsible for sales and customer service.