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Heavy truck drivers operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity of more than 26,000 pounds to transport goods from one location to another. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, often spanning several states.

Career Details


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

  • Introduction to professional truck driving and safety techniques
  • Required paperwork
  • Safety training
  • Commercial vehicle maintenance
  • Smith System training
  • Pre-trip inspections
  • Basic driving (on center)
  • Advanced driving (off center)
  • Miscellaneous driver procedures
  • Hazardous materials (HazMat)
  • Commercial driver’s license
  • Forklift operations (optional)

Career Options

In addition to becoming a heavy truck driver, people who complete this course of study can go on to become forklift operators, diesel technicians, warehouse associates, training instructors, terminal managers, bus drivers, dispatchers, and mechanics.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Be within 4 weeks of your 21st birthday.
  • Pass a Department of Transportation drug test, physical exam, and ergonomics test.
  • Have a valid driver’s license with at least 18 months of driving experience.
  • Have an original Social Security card and an original birth certificate.
  • Complete a Job Corps basic career technical training program.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a positive attendance and progress record.
  • Have a positive behavior record with no major incidents in the past 90 days.
  • Have a clean criminal record.
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Have health clearance from the Job Corps center where they received basic training.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.


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.

Students who complete a program in the Transportation training area can earn nationally recognized credentials and/or state licensure. Credentials such as these show that students have the skills and knowledge to work in transportation, logistics, and customer service.

Advanced Heavy Truck Driving Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


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

Commitment to safety
Communication skills

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