Fuel tanker drivers work on the road, transporting fuel from the designated pick-up point to the customers' locations. A driver may work for a single company or as an independent contractor working directly with customers. Fuel tanker drivers must be able to load and unload fuel tankers, follow strict safety guidelines, properly label materials, and keep track of other paperwork and records. Experience with valves, pumps, wrenches, and other tools needed to load and unload the tanker are essential, and drivers must have strong driving skills to handle a variety of weather and light conditions.
Depending on the company, fuel tanker drivers may be full time, part time, or on call. Shifts may be during day or evening hours; for local transporting jobs, many deliveries must be completed within a single day.
Fuel tanker drivers are required to have a Class A commercial driver’s license, as well as an endorsement of proper hazmat and tanker training. In general, fuel tanker drivers are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must be over the age of 18 for in-state work and 21 if driving in multiple states. Many fuel tanker driving jobs require at least one year of experience with driving tractor-trailer-tankers.
Fuel Tanker Driver Tasks
Clean any spills and inspect tanker to reduce chances of accidents.
Unload and measure amount delivered at each location, and ensure proper safety precautions are taken.
Maintain truck, including hoses, spouts, tires, and engine.
Following dispatcher instructions, and safely and efficiently deliver goods from one location to another.
Maintain industry qualifications.