Many auto parts and telecommunication companies rely on parts delivery drivers for timely local distribution. The drivers pick up and deliver parts from auto parts dealers, for example, and deliver them to service centers for use in customers' vehicles. If you have physical stamina, strength and patience, you might enjoy working as a parts delivery driver -- either as an employee or independent contractor.
Parts delivery drivers usually work for a retailer, manufacturer or independent contractor. They load trucks at distribution centers -- or pick up parts at small businesses -- and delivery them to clients throughout the day. In this job, you plan your own routes for maximum efficiency and stay in contact with supervisors or dispatchers. You also keep records of pick ups, deliveries and payments, and provide shipping and payment receipts to customers. These drivers are also responsible for periodic maintenance and cleaning of their vehicles.
Parts delivery drivers work during business hours, as most clients are business and service firms. In this field, the work is physically demanding. Sometimes you are required to lift heavy items, and you spend many hours on your feet. Your chances of getting injured from vehicle accidents are higher in this job because you are exposed to all weather conditions.
Education, Skills, Licensing and Certification
Many parts delivery drivers are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent GED. A high school diploma ensures you have basic math skills to collect payments and make change when necessary. It also better ensures you can read road signs, speak proper English and communicate with managers and other client employees. Unlike drivers of semis and long-haul trucks, you don't need a commercial license as a parts delivery driver. A valid standard driver's license is sufficient, but your employer may require you to become Fleet Safety Certified through the U.S. Department of Transportation, or DOT. In fleet safety training, you learn safe driving practices and vehicle regulations mandated by the DOT.
Salary and Job Outlook
Delivery drivers, including those who deliver parts, earned average annual salaries of $33,120 as of May 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you are among the top 10 percent in earnings, you would make over $58,440 per year. Jobs in this field are expected to grow at an average pace of 13 percent through 2020, according to the BLS -- versus a 14 percent national average for all jobs.