Tow Truck Operator Kaitaraiwa Taraka

Tow truck operators drive and operate trucks to tow vehicles that have broken down, been damaged or illegally parked.

Tow truck operators may do some or all of the following:

  • tow vehicles, such as those that are stolen, broken down or illegally parked, to places such as the towing company yard
  • remove vehicles from crash sites for the police
  • unlock vehicles (without keys)
  • jumpstart vehicles
  • keep records of vehicles that have been towed
  • deal with customers and take payments
  • maintain their tow truck.

Physical Requirements

Tow truck operators need to be reasonably fit, as the job involves stretching, bending, lifting and climbing, especially in difficult salvage situations.

Tow truck operators must pass a medical test every five years.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for tow truck operators includes:

  • any work with vehicles
  • work as a truck driver or other driving experience
  • work with cranes or forklifts
  • mechanical work
  • customer service experience.

Personal Qualities

Tow truck operators need to be:

  • honest and reliable
  • calm, helpful and diplomatic when dealing with customers
  • good at record-keeping
  • efficient and able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for tow truck operators includes:

  • any work with vehicles
  • work as a truck driver or other driving experience
  • work with cranes or forklifts
  • mechanical work
  • customer service experience.

Tow Truck Operators can earn around $19-$25 per hour per year.

Tow truck operators may progress into management roles or set up their own tow truck business.

They may also move into other transport-related jobs, such as heavy truck driving.

Tow Truck Operator

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