A fuel truck driver is required to safely operate a tank wagon or tractor trailer with hazardous materials. At all times, these drivers must know and follow all required safety regulations, including in inclement weather. The ability to install chains on tires in ice, snow, mud, or rain is mandatory to manage driving in such weather. Fuel truck drivers must possess a working knowledge of different pump, hose, and wrench sizes and methods of operation, as filling and emptying are required on pickup and delivery. Overnight driving is not typically mandatory, but often shifts of 14 or more hours are expected (with at least 11 hours driving included).
A fuel truck driver often has to perform physical tasks such as climbing ladders, lifting replacement tires, and standing and sitting for long periods of time. Other duties associated with this job include inspection before and after any haul, maintaining proper paperwork (including forms, logs, and invoices as needed), and operating fuel pumps. Interpersonal skills are important for a fuel truck driverto work with dispatchers, attendants, technicians, suppliers, and customers upon delivery of the fuel.
A minimum of a high school degree or equivalent is expected for fuel truck driver jobs. Class A CDL certification with tanker hazmat endorsement are required for this position. A Department of Transportation (DOT) health card is mandatory for fuel truck drivers, as is a clean driving record.
Fuel Truck Driver Tasks
Transport, deliver and pickup goods or equipment by heavy truck.
Keep accurate driving log and may be responsible for general truck maintenance.