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Heavy Truck Driving



Drive trucks with a capacity of more than three tons to transport and deliver cargo. People on this career pathway have to be able to maintain truck logs according to state and federal regulations.

Career Details


Students in Heavy Truck Driving are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Checking vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety and emergency equipment is in good working order
  • Maneuvering trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew, and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned
  • Collecting delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes

Career Options

Career Options

Most Heavy Truck Driving Job Corps graduates work full-time for a trucking company.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Good hearing, 20/40 vision or better (may not be colorblind), and normal use of arms and legs.
  • Not allowed for interstate truck drivers: epilepsy, diabetes controlled by insulin, or the use of any controlled substances not prescribed by a licensed physician
  • No felony convictions involving the use of a motor vehicle, a crime involving drugs, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusing to submit to an alcohol test required by a state
  • A driver must not have left the scene of a crime or caused a fatality through negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled.
  • Have a clean driving record.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • endurance for long road trips
  • Attention to detail
  • Concern for others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity

Heavy Truck Driving Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.