Truck drivers drive trucks with or without trailers. They transport materials, livestock, machinery, liquids, general freight, and sometimes hazardous substances.
What do Truck Drivers do at work?
- 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.
Skills and knowledge
- excellent driving skills
- basic knowledge of the mechanics of their truck and how to maintain it.
- knowledge of how to secure loads using load binders, chains and strops.
- knowledge of transport and related industry laws.
- knowledge of emergency procedures and how to handle hazardous conditions.
- basic literacy and numeracy skills for accurately completing logbooks, measuring and weighing loads, ideally NCEA level 2.
- license for the size and type of truck you intend to drive.
- A New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Level 3) may also be useful.
- distribution or haulage management
- transport and logistics planning.
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$19 - $30 per hour