Working as a gravel truck driver generally requires a commercial driver's license and completion of the employer's on-the-job training program. While formal education is not necessary, most employers prefer to hire applicants with a high school diploma. In some states, a truck driving skills and safety course is essential before obtaining a commercial driver's license.
Prospective truck drivers may also have to obtain an air brakes endorsement, hazardous material endorsement or other special license endorsements as required by the state or employer. In general, truck drivers need to maintain excellent hearing, vision and overall physical condition, and have sufficient communication, judgment and interpersonal skills.
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators offers a commercial driver's license manual for aspiring truck drivers who want to obtain a commercial driver's license. The organization advises applicants to finish a professional truck driver training certification course.
Truck drivers typically work in construction and agricultural companies. Gravel truck drivers are responsible for delivering gravel or other loose materials from one location to another, including dumping sites. They undergo proper on-the-job training to learn how to maneuver the mechanism for dumping contents and loading the truck manually or using a mechanical loader. Some truck drivers also maintain the vehicles that they operate, track their services and keep contents secure.