A concrete mixer truck driver delivers concrete and other cement-based mixtures to industrial, commercial and residential construction job sites. She may work for a hard construction material supply company or be an independent operator who owns and operates her own truck. Her customers are normally located within a local district or region.
A person with this job must be able to safety operate the truck and its auxiliary equipment such as levers, chutes and mixing drums. When she picks up the materials to be loaded into the mixer, the driver must be able to manipulate the drum under the hoppers that dispense the cement, gravel, sand and water into it. She has to understand the mixing procedure and adjust the speeds on the mixer accordingly. The driver must know what materials should be in the blend and check the work order to ensure she is picking up the appropriate mixture.
This position requires the driver to make deliveries on time, as other construction crews are depending on her punctuality to keep the project on schedule. She must be agile and self-confident in operating the levers and chutes to properly and evenly dispense the mixture into the prepared frame or opening. The maintenance of the truck is also her responsibility. She may regularly spray the truck and mixer exteriors with a non-stick agent to prevent concrete build up or wash them after each delivery to remove concrete spills and splashes.
The environments in which a concrete mixer truck driver work are generally dusty and dirty. The dry materials she picks up create a dusty atmosphere. The job sites are typically in various stages of construction and full of dirt, mud, gravel and construction equipment and materials. The driver must be strong and in good physical condition to safely operate the truck’s equipment and properly clean the truck. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are required for this job.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to qualify for this job. Knowledge of trucks and mixing equipment is considered a plus for applicants. Demonstrated mechanical abilities utilized in past jobs are helpful.
Salary and Advancement Opportunities
Chances for advancement in this position are rare in small companies. In large companies, drivers may aspire to fleet or account management positions. The median salary for heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers such as concrete truck drivers was $38,200 in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.