Of the western states, none has a greater impact on the U.S. economy than California and, likewise, you won’t find more quantity or variety of truck driving jobs anywhere else. From products produced in China and Japan arriving at the Port of Los Angeles or one of several other deep-water ports to produce grown in southern California, and the wine produced from vineyards, California offers a little bit of everything. Lots of truck driver jobs are to be found. As a truck driver, only you can satisfy California's thirst for all things from a head of lettuce to the highest of high-tech products.
California is a gateway into the United States and from the United States to most anywhere in the world, not to mention Mexico. The state is a conduit for much of the freight coming and leaving deep water ports, Silicon Valley, and points up and down the west coast and inland. With a large population and some of the top industries based on California, the state offers just about any type of truck driver job one can imagine.
California’s most valuable border is that of the Pacific Ocean and points beyond. But the state isn’t all about ports. To the south, Mexico borders the state, with Arizona and Nevada to the east and Oregon to the north. These states are rich in raw materials that help fuel California’s economy.
As the economy experiences is ups and downs, California’s position as a state with numerous deep-water ports, high tech manufacturing, and a loading and offloading locations for truck drivers across the country helps it maintain hundreds of thousands of truck driver jobs.
Products Moved by Trucks
Whether they are exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for the use of Californians, according to the latest data from World’s Top Exports, the following are the primary products moved by truck drivers and offering many truck driving jobs to those calling California home: Aircraft including engines, parts; Electric vehicles; Diamonds (unmounted); Modems, similar reception/transmission devices; Shelled almonds; Machinery for making semi-conductors; Miscellaneous petroleum oils; Integrated circuits (excluding processors/controllers); Other composite diagnostic or laboratory reagents; Medical/surgical instruments, appliances.
California’s Deep-Water Ports
No other state rivals California’s 11 deep-water ports. One is probably close to everyone in the state including people holding truck driver jobs. The deep-water ports include the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, two of the busiest ports in the U.S. Other ports include those at West Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, San Diego, Richmond, Redwood City, Oakland, Hueneme, and Humboldt Bay.
For those holding truck driving jobs, California has enough interstates and major highways to access any point within the state and most point beyond. The following are major interstates truck drivers use when traveling through California:
I-5 from the Mexico border north too Medford, Oregon
I-40 from Arizona to Barstow
I-8 from Yuma to San Diego
I-15 from San Diego to Riverside and Las Vegas, Nevada
I-80 from Reno, Nevada to Oakland
Auxiliary interstates around larger cities
Several Major U.S. Highways throughout the state.
For more information on California and its truck driver jobs, visit: www.caltrux.org
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A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a driver's license required to operate large, heavy, or hazardous material vehicles in the US. The “class” of CDL a truck driver needs depends on the type of commercial motor vehicle operated. A truck driver may hold a CDL in one of three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
For a detailed explanation of the different classes of CDLs, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Driver Type refers to the employment arrangement a driver operates. The most common truck driver arrangements include:
- Company Driver: Drivers employed by a specific carrier with its own fleet of trucks. “Companies” can be carriers that contract to transport other individuals' or companies' freight, or companies that carry their own freight.
- Lease-Purchase: Drivers hired by carriers where the truck is leased to the individual driver.
- Owner Operator (OO): Drivers who own the truck and operate as an independent business (also referred to as an "independent contractor").
- Team Driver: Drivers operating with a partner who shares driving duties.
For a detailed explanation of Driver Types, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Hauling Type (or trailer type, or equipment type) refers to the type of cargo being hauled. Different types of cargo materials require different types of trailers, and each type of trailer requires unique driver experience.
For a detailed explanation of Hauling Types, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Endorsements are required certifications for CDL holders hauling various types of equipment and freight. The most common endorsements for long haul truck drivers include:
- Doubles/Triples: required for drivers hauling double or triple trailers.
- HazMat: required for transporting hazardous materials.
- Tanker: required for operating a vehicles designed with a permanent or temporary tank attached.
For a detailed explanation of the different types of endorsements, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Finding the right diesel mechanic job requires careful consideration of various factors. Research potential employers’ reputation and culture, evaluate compensation packages, and confirm that long-term growth and advancement opportunities fit with your career goals. Other factors to consider include: your own level of experience, skill and industry specialization vs the job requirements; CDL license requirements; tool requirements; location; training and professional development opportunity; work schedule, flexibility and work-life balance. For key considerations for finding a job as a heavy-duty truck diesel mechanic or technician, visit our Diesel Mechanic Job Resources.
Diesel mechanic certifications represent an industry recognized level of knowledge and expertise in a particular area of diesel engine diagnosis, repair or maintenance. These advanced certifications are offered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and enhance a mechanic’s skill set and positively impact their qualifications and salary. Certifications may be obtained in specific areas such as gasoline and diesel engines, drive trains, brakes, suspension and steering, electronics, HVAC and preventative maintenance. For a listing of ASE certifications available specifically for heavy-duty truck mechanics, visit our Diesel Mechanic Job Resources.
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