If you don't plan to buy your own dump truck, then odds are you will be working for a large fleet owner, a contractor, or a large material producer. Let's take a look at what it is like to work for each and the types of work they might have you do.
Working for a Large Fleet Owner
- Some owner-operators have about 50-100 trucks they operate. Of over 1.2 million companies, over 80% of those operate with six or fewer dump trucks. To work for a large fleet owner, be prepared to experience long periods of solitude.
- With big fleet purchases comes big money. You’ll have a healthy, steady income and can expect great benefits. Their competitive business models will mean prosperity and job security.
- There’s a wider variety of projects available when working with a fleet owner, since they likely do business with at least 10 different contractors. Expect to take part in bigger projects.
Working for a Contractor
- Some truckers love the flexibility of working with a contractor. This option involves the best work/life balance because it allows truckers to stay local, near their families.
- Though the pay not be adequate, see “How Much Do Dump Truck Drivers Get Paid?” the experience and contacts gained through this kind of work is invaluable.
- If you work directly for a contractor, chances are you fall somewhere on their “hit list.” Getting to the top of their list and having consistent work will take perseverance. Once you work your way to the top, you can expect to take on a number of different projects.
Working for a Large Material Producer
- These employers likely own their own land and have been in the business for 40+ years. Expect to work in a quarry and drive off-road trucks.
- The pay for these kinds of jobs is relatively good. You can expect to get paid as much as you would at a large fleet but experience less solitude. These jobs are for those who crave social interaction.
- Working for a material producer requires certain skills and equipment. If you’re coming in for an interview, be prepared to sell yourself and your equipment. Make sure your equipment is in tip-top shape.
Regardless of what type of business you work for, if you are behind the wheel of a dump truck you will likely be doing some of the following types of work.
TRUX: Built to Expand Your Business
TRUX can help you get connected faster to the jobs that present real opportunity. “By choosing diversity of work, we bring truckers a work/life balance,” says Erin Blair, TRUX Vice President of Business Development. If you’re looking for some wiggle room, TRUX can get you started. Often times, truckers want to fill in the gaps to take on more projects and expand their fleet. With some tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to building the stepping stones of your business.
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