If you’re a truck driver looking for a career hauling potatoes, Idaho is the state you should consider in your job search. After all, the state’s potato producers harvest up to 10 billion spuds annually — that’s 30 potatoes for every American or over 5,700 per Idahoan! But there’s a lot more to Idaho and the opportunities the state offer truck drivers. Idaho industries include machinery manufacturing, chemical products, and paper. But believe it or not, Idaho’s leading industry is science and technology. You’ll find the state is far more than starch!
Idaho is located in the Western U.S. and access numerous states and Canada. It is rich with natural resources, and believe it or not, it even has a seaport, so truck driver jobs to and through Idaho are plentiful.
Idaho is bordered to the north by Canada, to the west by Washington and Oregon, to the south by Nevada and Utah, and to the east by Wyoming and Montana. With the exception of its western boundary, Idaho is surrounding by states with small populations and tremendous natural resources.
As the economy experiences is ups and downs, Idaho offers products that offer stability. And with routes to Washington and Oregon, two states growing in economic influence, Idaho serves as a conduit for products fueling that growth. Likewise, Idaho is growing as a state producing high-tech products and components.
Yes, Idaho does have a port offering access to the Pacific Coast. The Port of Lewiston is open to seagoing vessels via the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Though some 350 miles inland, the Port of Lewiston connects to Portland, Oregon.
Products Moved by Trucks
When it comes to truck driver jobs, Idaho offers a variety of industries in which a driver can specialize. Whether products are exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for the use of those living in Idaho, 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 Idaho home:
- Solar power semi-conductors, photovoltaic cells
- Photographic plates, films
- Integrated circuits (memories)
- Computer parts and accessories
- Electrical/radiation equipment parts, accessories
- Ammonium dihydrogen orthophosphate
- Unroasted malt
- Instruments to measure semiconductor wafers or devices
- Miscellaneous precious metal articles
- Integrated circuits (processors/controllers
I-90 crosses the chimney of Idaho, while other interstates such as I-15, I-84, and I-86 serves the southern end of the state. No U.S. interstates connect northern and southern Idaho, although U.S. Route 95 stretches from near the Canadian border southward to the outskirts of Boise.
For more information on Idaho and its truck driver jobs, visit www.idtrucking.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.
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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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