Tractor Trailer Operator

Grade 08

New York State has approximately 9 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Tractor Trailer Operator

    Grade 08

  2. Tandem Tractor Trailer Operator

    Grade 12

Summary of Job Description

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, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

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.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience. For additional information or clarification, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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