You’ve probably had a fascination, or at least an interest, in dump trucks ever since you were a kid. Face it: we all did! That fixation may have stuck with you your whole life and now it could progress into a career. Thinking of starting your career as a dump truck driver? Awesome! You may be super eager to start a course and get behind the wheel of one of these bad boys, but let’s start with the basics. What is an articulated dump truck, and what do they do?
What are they?
Articulated dump trucks are large pieces of heavy machinery which are used to transport large amounts of loose materials like dirt, sand, gravel and demolition waste. They’re used on civil and major construction sites and on mining sites too.
Articulated dump truck vs. rigid dump truck
The two most common types of dump truck are articulated and rigid. There are a couple of key differences between these big guys. Rigid dump trucks are designed to haul loose materials across large and well-maintained roads. They perform better on hard-packed roads like the ones you’d find at rock, gravel and sand quarries or surface mines. Articulated dump trucks, on the other hand, are designed to handle more challenging terrain. Restricted turning radiuses, narrow roads and slippery terrain are environments where the articulated dump truck thrives. An articulated dump truck can manoeuvre itself basically anywhere!
Load size and capability
Articulated dump trucks are narrower than rigid trucks, making them perfect for dumping into narrow hoppers. They have a smaller load size than rigid trucks, but make up for it with their ability to handle the toughest of terrains.
How to become an articulated dump truck driver
The best (and only) way to become an articulated dump truck driver is to get qualified by completing an earthmoving course. Doing an earthmoving course is fun, hands-on and informative. You’ll learn the ins and outs of operating articulated dump trucks, honing your skills and becoming a seasoned, pro truck driver. You’ll learn from absolute masters in the construction industry, who’ll give you the support and training you need to succeed.
The training involves getting behind the wheel and moving real materials in real environments. Not only is an articulated dump truck driver course super fun, but it gives you all the practice you need to become a confident, capable construction professional.
Sound like the right fit for you? Get started with your career at Construction Training International. As one of Victoria’s most popular Registered Training Organisations for construction, they help people like you to become qualified, every day. With state-of-the-art facilities and excellent trainers, Construction Training International is where you pros are born! Get in touch with CTI today to take the first big step toward your new career.