Tractor Trailer Operator - Grade 08

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This title exists within Various New York State Agencies and has approximately 9 positions statewide.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled.

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Salary Information for Tractor Trailer Operator
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Tractor Trailer Operator 08 $39,215 $48,294
Tandem Tractor Trailer Operator 12 $48,956 $59,757

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

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An individual's final salary is determined by the Office of the State Comptroller. This salary schedule does not reflect any Special Salary Treatments

Job Duties

Tractor Trailer Operators and Tandem Tractor Trailer Operators perform similar duties.  Under the general direction of a Tractor Trailer Dispatcher or other higher level staff, the positions drive tractor trailer vehicles over-the-road on a full-time basis; operate other motor vehicles as necessary; and, may supervise laborers, stores clerical, and inmate workers in loading and unloading goods.  Tandem Tractor Trailer Operator is distinguished from Tractor Trailer Operator by the operation of a tractor trailer with two separate trailers hitched in tandem on a full-time basis.  

As a Tractor Trailer Operator, you would:

Drive assigned tractor trailer to designated location by designated routes to deliver and/or pick up shipments of a variety of goods.

Oversee the loading and unloading of goods at designated spots according to written instructions and to ensure balanced distribution of load.

Adjust load to meet prescribed wheel/axle load limits.

Assist laborer, stores clerical, and inmate workers in loading and unloading goods and, in some cases, setting up and assembling goods.

Check goods loaded and unloaded against shipping documents, such as bills of lading, and sign documents or have receiving agents sign documents.

Hitch trailer to tractor, second trailer to dolly in case of tandem load, and connect hoses and lines for braking and lighting systems.

Start, stop, steer, and control vehicles over-the-road, on the grounds of State facilities and other receiving and shipping points according to applicable regulations for the type of vehicle operated.

Monitor gauges, check fluid levels, and tire pressure during runs.

Maintain and check assigned vehicle daily prior to run.

Check fluid levels, tire pressure, safety equipment and trailer hitches.

Pump fuel, add water to radiator, oil to crankcase, and air to tires as required.

Replace burned out lamp bulbs.

Maintain work, shipping, and expense records.

Maintain daily log book of hours driven each day, stops made and time off for lunch or other non-driving time.

Change tape or disc for tachograph records if vehicle operated is equipped with such a device.

Keep copies of shipping documents for each shipment and turn them over to the supervisor at the end of a run.

Maintain records of all expense and record expenses on voucher sheets.

May operate refrigerated trailers to provide frozen and cooled temperatures to transport perishable goods.

Adjust movable insulated partitions according to load requirements.

Load liquid nitrogen containers according to load requirements, instructions, and safety guidelines.

Open valves to admit nitrogen into storage area and to control temperature in each area.

After reaching destination, turn cooling system off in storage compartments to permit safe unloading.

May perform various manual tasks in and around warehouse area when not involved in delivery activities.

View the classification standard for this title which illustrates the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

This title is non-competitive.  No examination is necessary.  However, you must still meet the Minimum Qualifications of the position.

Candidates must have possession of a valid Class A Driver's License issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

How to Apply

An examination is not used to fill this title. You must meet the minimum qualifications of the title in order to be considered for this position. You must apply directly to the agency or agencies that have this title.

Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

You can also visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists.

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