Like its neighbor Indiana, Ohio is as close as one can get to the ideal state to operate as a truck driver. Easy access to the east coast in its large ports as well as routes to all points west and south make Ohio a trucker-friendly state whether you care about hauling buckeyes or not. Major cities including Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, drive Ohio's economy, one offering products including the largest bioscience sector in the Midwest, "green" products, and plastics, rubber, fabricated metals, electrical equipment, and appliances. For a truck driver the best thing about Ohio's exports is that they are all big and need big rigs to carry them to their destinations. Ohio even offers inland ports along Lake Erie, most notably Cleveland. While it's true that ocean-going vessels can reach Cleveland and even Duluth, Minnesota over 2,000 miles inland, it's a long haul taking 9 days. A truck can reach ports like New York and Philadelphia less than 9 hours. Which way would you rather travel? If you don't know ask your truck.
Ohio’s location on the Great Lakes in the east-central U.S. makes is a prime location for manufacturing and transporting good nationwide as well as internationally through the Port of New York and Canadian port accessible through the Great Lakes.
Ohio is bordered to the east by Pennsylvania, to the south Kentucky and West Virginia, to the west by Indiana, and to the north by the Lake Erie and Michigan.
Ohio’s Deep-Water Ports
Ohio includes 10 ports, 8 of which are along Lake Erie and include Cleveland and Toledo. The other two ports are along the southern border riverports at Cincinnati and South Point.
Products Moved by Trucks
Whether they are exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for use in-state, according to the latest data from World’s Top Exports, the following are the primary products moved by truck drivers and offering truck driving jobs to those calling Ohio home:
- Aircraft including engines, parts
- Soya beans
- Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine)
- Large automobiles (piston engine)
- Motor vehicle body parts, accessories
- Large spark-ignition engines
- Small automobiles (piston engine)
- Digital processing units (individual components)
- Small portable digital computers
Ohio is home to 8 interstates that include nearly 1,500 miles of the total public roadway lane miles in the state that equal over 260,000. Major interstates include:
I-70 between West Virginia and Indiana
I-71 from Kentucky state line to Cleveland
I-74 from Indiana state line to Cincinnati
I-75 between Kentucky and Michigan
I-77 from West Virginia state line to Cleveland
I-80 between Pennsylvania and Indiana
I-90 between Indiana and Pennsylvania
For more information on Ohio and its truck driver jobs, visit: www.ohiotrucking.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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