Utah Trucking Jobs
Petroleum production and mining are two major industries in the state of Utah, and both rely upon the trucking industry to carry its outputs to distant corners of the nation. The trucking industry is alive and well in Utah, offering all kinds of good-paying jobs to interested individuals seeking a steady, dependable source of income that can take them from young adulthood through to retirement and beyond. If you want to compare your opportunities, contact the employers listed below to get started today!
Local driving jobs are available, in which the driver stays pretty close to home. He or she may have a dedicated route, where you see the same customers each week, or the route may vary. With regional trucking jobs, you drive a bit further, crossing state lines but still staying in the same basic part of the country. With both of these types of jobs, you get to go home most days, although with regional jobs, you may be on the road as much as a week at a time. Over The Road (OTR) truck driving jobs take the driver all over the country, and your route varies with each haul. These jobs have you driving long distances, and being on the road for several weeks at a stretch, then taking a break to be home with your family and friends before going out on the next job. With OTR jobs, you get to see distant parts of the country and experience different climates, terrain, cultures, and cuisine, which can be interesting, enlightening, and fun!
Requirements for Truck Drivers Working in Utah
The Utah Department of Public Safety is in charge of issuing commercial driver’s licenses and permits within the state. You may apply for a CDL for three different classes of vehicles, depending upon weight and related factors: Class A, Class B, and Class C. For each, you must be at least 18 years old or over 21 to drive interstate or transport passengers. You will need to pass a vision screening and knowledge test, along with tests for any endorsements you wish to apply for (e.g. air brakes). You will need to supply a Medical Examiner’s Certificate issued by a licensed medical examiner. When you have passed these, you will be issued a permit that will allow you to practice driving the class of vehicle you are applying to drive with a licensed driver for that class of vehicle seated in the cab next to you. Once you feel you are ready, you will take a skills test that will examine your ability to do a pre-drive vehicle inspection, and test your ability to handle and drive the vehicle. When you pass the skills test, you will be issued your CDL. Many people find it helpful to prepare for their CDL by enrolling in a professional commercial driving school. These are conveniently located throughout the state of Utah.
Trucking in Utah
The Utah Trucking Association is the organization that most members of the truck driving industry, including the drivers, belong to (www.utahtrucking.com). It acts as a voice for the industry in legislative matters, as well as providing training and education, and promoting safety and other initiatives. Tom Christensen was recently the recipient of the Driver of the Month award, given by the association. Tom performed a Good Samaritan act while driving his rig. Tom is known for always being willing to help another driver. Congratulations to Tom!
Truck Driving Careers in Utah
You can earn a good living as a truck driver in Utah. The average yearly wage is $41,400, higher than the national average, and it is possible to earn considerably more depending upon the type of truck driving you do and the company you work for. In addition to a decent salary, companies offer benefits to their employees that bring up the total value of your salary package. Medical, dental and vision coverage are fairly standard. Most companies also have 401k programs in which you can save for retirement. Sometimes the companies will match your contributions to the program up to a certain percentage. Weeks of paid vacation increase with years of service to your company. Other benefits may include paid leave for military service, such as reserve service, and bereavement, and disability and life insurance policies paid for by the company.
If you are considering a career change to truck driving, now can be a great time to do it! You can get started by contacting some of the employers listed on this site. Be sure to contact several, as different companies offer different types of jobs and different benefits, so it can be beneficial to check around.
Need your CDL License? View a list of truck driving schools in Utah that offer training.