If horsepower can be directly correlated to the strength of your average work horse, Kentucky has enough horses to test your truck on the open highway. But if you drive a truck with, say 600 horsepower, keep in mind that even in tandem, that's a string of horses nearly a half-mile long. Indeed, horses are all the talk in Kentucky, but trucking isn't far behind. Few can plan on a truck driver job hauling racehorses, but there is plenty more to Kentucky's trucking industry. While some truck driving jobs are agriculture-related, if you’re driving out of state, you’re unlikely to be hauling harvested crops or livestock — unless, that is, you consider whiskey an agricultural product. In any case, with Louisville being just south of Indianapolis, Kentucky is an excellent state if you need to reach other areas of the country. Interstates galore head in most any direction you desire, but if you're looking for overnight parking, be sure to call ahead. A rig and 600 horses don’t fit well in an interstate parking area!
Situated in the east central U.S., “The Bluegrass State” has plenty manufacturers producing products and many truck driver jobs to fill so the products can be shipped to their destination. Kentucky has large cities and mountainous rural areas, and on the west end of the state, trucks cross the Mississippi River headed for St. Louis and Chicago to the north and West Memphis, Arkansas, and its junctions of interstates to the south, not to mention New Orleans. Wherever your truck driving job takes you, Kentucky is a great place to start.
Kentucky border Tennessee to the south; Virginia and West Virginia to the east; Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to the north; and Missouri to the west. All of these states provide major thoroughfares to most any destination in the U.S.
As the U.S. economy experiences is ups and downs, Kentucky plays a vital role in supplying the nation with a variety of products, including necessities. As proof of Kentucky’s importance to the trucking industry and those holding truck driver jobs, Louisville has played host to the Mid-America Trucking Show for a half-century. With over a million square feet of exhibits, a thousand exhibitors, and 72,000 attendees, the show is among the largest in the nation, and those seeking truck driver jobs will find a recruiter in any direction they turn.
Products Moved by Trucks
When it comes to truck driver jobs, Kentucky offers a variety of industries in which a driver can specialize as well as a large number of companies and carriers offering truck driver jobs. Historically, agriculture has played a huge role in the Kentucky economy, but in the 21st century, high-tech industry has quickly been gaining on crop and livestock production. Whether products are exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for the use of those living in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky home:
- Aircraft including engines, parts
- Antisera, other blood fractions
- Medium-size diesel-powered trucks
- Large automobiles (piston engine): $556 million (1.7%)
- Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine)
- Small automobiles (piston engine)
- Artificial body parts
- Non-pharmaceutical composite diagnostic/laboratory reagents
- Cell phones
Kentucky has 6 interstate highways and another 6 auxiliary interstates within its borders, all of which connect to major routes across the country in most any directions. Interstate highways within Kentucky total 1,050 of the state’s 167,000 lane miles of roadway and include:
I-24 (east-west) at Illinois state line near Paducah to Tennessee state line near Oak Grove
I-64 (east-west) at West Virginia border near Catlettsburg to the Indiana State Line at Louisville
I-655 (north-south) at Indiana border at Louisville to Tennessee border near Franklin
I-71 (north-south) from Louisville to the Ohio state line
I-75 (north-south) at Tennessee border near Williamsburg to Covington
Auxiliary interstate around larger cities
For more information on Kentucky and its truck driver jobs, visit kytrucking.net
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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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