When it comes to Arizona, it's easy to understand the saying, "It's not that the mountains are so high; it's that the valleys are so deep!" For a state most Americans associate with clean desert air and cactus, you might be surprised at what "The Grand Canyon State" offers trucker drivers (and a 2% grade highway to the bottom of the mile-deep canyon isn't among them). A drive to Arizona's primary cities of Phoenix and Tucson will take you through some barren miles, but you'll savor the fact that only a couple of hours away you'll find downhill skiing in Flagstaff. And believe it or not, while Arizona is best known for its desert, you can find work hauling timber from several areas of forest in northern area of the state!
Arizona serves as a gateway to California and the west coast as well as the Mexico border. The state is a conduit for much of the freight traffic leaving southern California for points east. And for truck drivers bound for the Port of Los Angeles and other ports in the southern end of California, Arizona’s highways are well-known.
Arizona is the southwest of the state’s forming the “four corners,” meaning it borders New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah to the east and north, as well as Nevada and California to the west. Its southern border is international and provides access to Mexico.
As the economy experiences is ups and downs, Arizona’s position as a state rich in resources, military manufacturing, and technology, offer stability for those seeking truck driver jobs in Arizona.
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 Arkansans, 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 Arizona home: Aircraft including engines, parts; ; Copper ores, concentrates; Bombs, mines; integrated circuits (excluding processors/controllers; Integrated circuits (processors/controllers); Large helicopters; Modems, similar reception/transmission devices; Office machine parts and accessories; Semiconductor devices excluding photovoltaic cells; Electric plugs, sockets.
Arizona’s Deep Water Ports
There is no “ocean front property” in Arizona and, therefore, no ports.
Arizona’s interstate system provides a direct route from the west coast to the east coast, along with a junction for traffic leaving the “Mother Road” for the southern cities of Phoenix and Tucson. Manor interstates in Arizona are as follows:
I-40 from the New Mexico border westward to Needles, California
I-10 from southest New Mexico through Tucson, Phoenix, and Blythe California
I-8 from Casa Grande to Yuma
I-19 from Tucson south to the Mexico border
I-17 connecting Phoenix and Flagstaff
Auxiliary interstates around larger cities
For more information on Arizona and its truck driver jobs, visit: arizonatrucking.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.
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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.
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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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