Commercial Truck Driver

$60,710 earning potential

Commercial truck drivers operate tractor-trailer trucks to transport products all across the country. They haul long distances, often across state lines, to deliver their products.

This option is for you if:

You like to travel

You're good under pressure; you're reliable

You want great job security

You enjoy your independence and working alone

You want to own your own business

You're alert and aware of your surroundings

PARKER LOYD

DRIVER INSTRUCTOR

Hometown: Judsonia

Age: 24

Where I trained: Arkansas State University–Beebe and Maverick Transportation through Arkansas State University–Newport

What I Earned: Associate degree in general studies, liberal arts and business and technical degree in commercial driving

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Transport products across long distances
  • Communicate with a dispatcher about incidents on the road
  • Clean, maintain and inspect the truck
  • Check for mechanical issues and report any problems
  • Keep a log of working hours
  • Follow DOT guidelines

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What I love about driving is having the best views right from my 'office' windows. I am able to see and experience so many things that would not be possible had I not made the decision to get my commercial driver’s license."

HOW PARKER BECAME A COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVER:

Parker’s training to become a commercial truck driver began the day he walked through the doors at Maverick. From day one, he began learning about map reading, trip planning and truck management skills. Then, Maverick sent him to commercial driver’s license school for four weeks. Once he obtained his CDL, he accepted his job offer and started business unit training, which included over-the-road training with a Maverick driving instructor. After he completed that training, he received the keys to his truck and started his professional driving career.

The skills I think are important for a professional driver are patience, the ability to make good decisions under pressure, time management, multitasking, excellent customer service, and the willingness to learn! With what we call 'The Maverick Way,' it means promoting our emphasis on safety and doing the right thing - with integrity, respect and commitment."

I've had the opportunity to advance my career from a Professional Driver to becoming a Driver Instructor in our training department. But, I can tell you, it won’t stop there! I have goals to advance my career with Maverick and I am fortunate to be a part of a great company that values their people and allows these opportunities. I'm a part of a family at Maverick!"