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Heavy Goods Vehicle Owner Operator

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At a Glance... header image

Owns and operates a transport business


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Enforce safety rules and regulations.

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Plan work assignments and equipment allocations to meet transportation, operations or production goals.

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Direct workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, or loading or unloading of materials or people.

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Review orders, production schedules, blueprints, or shipping or receiving notices to determine work sequences and material shipping dates, types, volumes, or destinations.

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Inspect or test materials, stock, vehicles, equipment, or facilities to ensure that they are safe, free of defects, and consistent with specifications.

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Confer with customers, supervisors, contractors, or other personnel to exchange information or to resolve problems.

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Monitor field work to ensure proper performance and use of materials.

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Dispatch personnel and vehicles in response to telephone or radio reports of emergencies.

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Drive vehicles or operate machines or equipment to complete work assignments or to assist workers.

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Plan and establish transportation routes.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Personnel and Human Resources:  Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Organisation: British Association of Removers
  Address: Tangent House, 62 Exchange Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0TG
  Tel: + 44 1923 699 480
  Email: info@bar.co.uk
  Url www.bar.co.uk
   

 

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This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...

Realist  Enterprising  Administrative 

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Transport & Logistics

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