Oregon Trucking Jobs
Trucking Jobs for Oregon Drivers
The vast forests of Oregon have made it one of the top lumber and logging states in the nation. It also has a major agricultural industry, produces a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. It also has one of the largest salmon producing industries in the world. All of these products require transport throughout the state and the continental United States, as well as to Alaska. For this purpose, the trucking industry in the state of Oregon is extremely important. If you have experience, or just completed training, use our listings to apply for jobs today. We make it easy for you to contact several employers at once. Take the next step today!
Every kind of trucking job can be found in Oregon. You can drive local routes, staying in and around a major city, or drive in a particular area of the state. These jobs allow you to stay pretty close to home, so you can get home most days, and enjoy a regular routine. Regional driving routes can also be dedicated, where you drive the same route each week, with the same stops and the same customers. Your radius might be a bit wider than with a local driving job, and you may cross state boundaries, but you will still stay within the same basic region of the country. You are still able to get home several nights a week. The longest distance driving jobs are known as Over The Road, or OTR jobs. These appeal to individuals looking for adventure and independence, because they have you on the road for several weeks at a time, driving anywhere within the country. These trucking jobs can take you far from home to see unexplored parts of the country where everything from terrain to climate to the food is new to you.
Requirements for Professional Truck Drivers in Oregon
You need to have your CDL to drive a motor vehicle in Oregon if that vehicle weighs more than 26,000 pounds or is used to transport 16 or more individuals, including the driver, or if the vehicle carries hazardous materials. The Oregon DMV oversees the issuance of these licenses. To qualify, you should have your regular Oregon passenger license or be eligible. You will need to prove your identity, legal standing in the United States, and legal residence in Oregon. You will need to supply a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Once you pass a vision test and a general knowledge test, you will be issued a permit to learn to drive a commercial vehicle in a particular class, Class A, B, or C, of your choosing. You will need to practice driving in a vehicle of the same class alongside a licensed driver for that class. When you are ready, you will take a skills test that will test your ability to do a pre-drive vehicle inspection and test your ability to handle the vehicle on the road. If you seek specific endorsements, you will be tested on those. Once you pass your skills test(s), you will be issued a CDL by the state of Oregon. Probably the best way to prepare for the requirements a CDL is to attend a commercial driving school. These are located throughout the state of Oregon.
Building Your Trucking Career with a CDL
Most Oregon truck drivers belong to the Oregon Trucking Association (www.ortrucking.org). This organization acts as a conduit between the trucking industry and the general public, the government, and regulatory agencies. It concerns itself with driving safety and with the health of the environment. The OTA is partnering with Worksystems Inc. to offer a revolving tuition loan program to qualifying individuals who wish to become truck drivers in the state of Oregon. This program is open to any student attending a qualified professional truck driving program using the Professional Truck Driver Certification (PTDC).
Benefits of Having a CDL in Oregon
The jobs outlook is bright for individuals seeking a career in truck driving. In fact in Oregon, job placement after completing a professional commercial driving course is over 90%. The average yearly salary earned by an Oregon truck driver is $37, 600. Some truck drivers earn much more. Because qualified drivers are in high demand, companies must compete to attract and keep top drivers. Companies distinguish themselves in many ways, including the types of benefits they offer their employees. Medical, dental, and vision benefits are pretty standard, as are retirement plans and paid vacation. Other benefits like life insurance are also sometimes offered.
There are many of good reasons to consider making a move to a truck driving career in Oregon. Contact several of the employers listed below to get started!
View our list of Trucking Schools in Oregon to find a CDL training facility near you.