A truck driver operates a large truck in order to transport materials and finished products in, out, and around the facilities.

Are you good with heavy equipment? Think you can handle an oversized vehicle? Truck drivers work in the warehouse of an advanced manufacturing facility, using their vehicle to transport items too large for humans to carry. You’ll get to know every inch of your truck.

Truck drivers need good hearing and eyesight, as well as excellent communication skills, to make sure that nobody gets hurt while the vehicle is in operation. If the truck malfunctions, you’ll need to know how to fix it safely and efficiently. Your primary duties will be to start, run, drive, and turn off the truck when necessary, and you’ll need to load it yourself or help the ground crew load it by giving them directions. This will require you to know the details of your truck, such as capacity and speed.

This is an entry level job and a great way to take the first step into the world of advanced manufacturing. Demonstrate your vehicle knowledge to a potential employer and you’ll be sure to impress them.

Also Known As:

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator

Critical Skills


  • Read Technical Drawings
  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Maintenance Basics
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures


  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Coordination
  • Decision Making
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Reliability
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Time Management

Key Responsibilities

  • Operate a gas- or electric-powered truck
  • Direct ground crew to load, unload, or shift materials
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and perform maintenance on vehicle
  • Inspect product load and capacity
  • Position vehicle and instruments to load, transport, and unload products
  • Connect tow trucks or attachments to vehicle

Special Requirements

  • Lifting Ability


  • Cars/Vehicles

How to get this job

Need Truck or Commercial Drivers License, clean driving record, must be drug free.

Next Steps for this job

Get Commercial Drivers License.

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