You can't get much closer to America's heartland than Iowa. And if we live in a land of milk and honey, both are always better with a bowl of corn flakes or Wheaties, the raw ingredients grown in abundance in Iowa. As a truck driver, you know agriculture means jobs, and Iowa offers plenty of both. But if hauling ag commodities to processing plants isn't your idea of a satisfying career, don't cross Iowa off your list. The economy is far more diverse than the stereotypes. High-tech manufacturing, biotechnology, and alternative energy are all growing in Iowa, and the products are distributed by trucks. And Iowa is a perfect Midwest state for distributions as east-west interstates are primary coast-to-coast routes, with north-south interstates stretching from the Mexico border all the way to Duluth, Minnesota. Regardless of what you might haul, be thankful for the Iowa's agriculture industry — you'll need to eat lots of Wheaties to keep pace with the competition!
Centered in the Midwest U.S. Iowa is a crossroads for trucking, offering both north-south and east-west routes most of which converge around the state capital of Des Moines.
Iowa is landlocked, bordered by Nebraska and South Dakota to the west, Minnesota to the north, Missouri to the south, and Illinois and Wisconsin to the east.
As the economy experiences is ups and downs, Iowa is an important state when it comes to achieving stability. With major east to west coast and Mexico to Canada interstates passing through Iowa, the state provides commerce throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. OTR, regional, and local truck driver jobs are plentiful.
Products Moved by Trucks
When it comes to truck driver jobs, Iowa offers a variety of industries in which a driver can specialize. As you might imagine, agriculture tops the list. But whether exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for the use of those living in Iowa, 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 Iowa home:
- Tractors (large)
- Pork cuts (frozen)
- Solid residues including soya bean oil-cake
- Pork cuts (fresh/chilled)
- Combine harvester-threshers
- Aircraft including engines, parts
- Brewing/distilling dregs, waste
- Molybdenum ores, concentrates
Iowa is a rural state, and interstate highways are limited. I-80 crosses central Iowa east-west between Illinois and Nebraska, while I-35, connecting Mexico and Canada, passes through Iowa as well. Both interstate highways converge at Des Moines.
For more information on Iowa and its truck driver jobs, visit www.iowamotortruck.com
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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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