Hometown: Judsonia | Age: 24 | Where I trained: Arkansas State University–Beebe and Maverick Transportation through Arkansas State University–Newport | What I earned: Associate degree in General Studies, Liberal Arts and Business and a technical degree in Commercial Driving | Job title: Driver Instructor | Employer: Maverick Transportation in North Little Rock
What does a commercial truck driver do?
Commercial truck drivers operate heavy and tractor-trailer trucks to transport products all across the country. They haul long distances, often across state lines, to deliver their products.
“I’ve had the opportunity to advance my career from a professional driver to becoming a driver instructor in our training department. But, I can tell you, it won’t stop there! I have goals to advance my career with Maverick and I am fortunate to be a part of a great company that values their people and allows these opportunities. I’m a part of a family at Maverick!” - Parker
• Transport products across long distances.
• Communicate with a dispatcher about incidents on the road.
• Clean, maintain and inspect the truck.
• Check for mechanical issues and report any problems.
• Keep a log of working hours.
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Parker’s training to become a commercial truck driver began the day he walked through the doors at Maverick. The company sent him to commercial driver’s license school for four weeks. After he completed business unit training at Maverick, he received the keys to his truck and started his professional driving career.
"The skills I think are important for a professional driver are patience, the ability to make good decisions under pressure, time management, multitasking, excellent customer service and willingness to learn! With what we call ‘The Maverick Way,’ it means promoting our emphasis on safety and doing the right thing with integrity, respect and commitment." – Parker on what skills are important for his field.
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|Arkansas Electric Cooperatives|
|Arkansas Trucking Association|
|McKee Foods Corporation|
|Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates|
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arkansas Trucking Association and CareerOneStop.org