A refrigerated truck has a refrigeration unit in the cargo area of its trailer to protect temperature-controlled goods. The term reefer is also used to describe these trailers. Reefer units are found on tractor-trailers and on straight trucks. The type of trucks used for hauling temperature-controlled goods can vary based on the size of load and type of route. It could be an ice cream truck used for local delivery or large containers designed to deliver perishables across the country.
Requirements for a Refrigerated Truck Driving Job
The driver of a refrigerated unit often has strict guidelines, established in their contract with the shipper, regarding the temperature variation allowed. The driver must monitor and regulate the cargo area accordingly, throughout the shipment.
- 21 years of age or older
- Social Security Card
- Three years of employment history
- Pass a DOT physical
- Pass a DOT controlled substance drug test and alcohol testing
- Have a clean driving record
Companies with Refrigerated Truck Driving Jobs
Here’s just a handful of our partner trucking companies that are hiring refrigerated truck drivers.
- Central Refrigerated Service
- TWT Refrigerated Service
- Northern Refrigerated
- Combined Transport
- Swift Refrigerated
- Roehl Transport
- Watkins Refrigerated
- Southern Refrigerated Transport
What Do Refrigerated Truck Drivers Haul?
Refrigerated trailers are used to move many products that you use in your everyday life, including household goods, food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical and more. Some examples of products that may need to be temperature controlled are: meat, dairy, medical supplies, computer products, chemicals, fresh produce, household cleaning products and more.
If you think driving a refrigerated truck, or any semi-trailer, is the job for you, find trucking employment near you now.