Delivery technicians are professionals who transport goods from a manufacturer or distributor to either an individual retail customer or a business. Delivery technicians work in a variety of different industries, although there are general similarities in the position among employers.
In addition to making deliveries, technicians often perform some type of set-up or assembly of the product, which may also include demonstrating to the buyer how to operate the product. Delivery technicians keep written records of what goods were delivered, to whom and at what time.
The medical equipment and pharmaceutical industries use technicians to transport equipment and supplies to physicians' offices, clinics and hospitals. Technicians may also deliver large items such as furniture, electronics, appliances or exercise equipment.
Successful delivery technicians possess the ability to interpret maps and follow directions, punctuality, interpersonal and communication skills. Physical strength, manual dexterity and familiarity with hand tools such as wrenches or screwdrivers necessary for assembly is also required.
Delivery technicians typically drive vans or light trucks and generally require a valid, state-issued driver's license to operate these vehicles. While there is no formal education for delivery technicians, most employers require workers in the position to have a high school diploma or GED.
As of January 2010, delivery technicians averaged annual salaries of $27,610, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.