Interview with Raymond Jutras, Texas Materials Super Dump Truck Driver

Tell us about your job.

I drive a seven-axle dump truck, which is a heavy haul truck. We get into some pretty interesting situations where you have to adapt and overcome, which is a good challenge.

What drew you to a career as a driver?

I guess you could say it’s a family tradition. Both my grandfather and my father were both truck drivers. As a child, I liked the sound of the trucks when my grandfather used to pull into the driveway. So when I got out of the Marine Corps, I decided I would try my hand at it as well. I’ve been driving trucks for 40 years now, and I’ve been with Texas Materials for over 5 years.

How did you get started doing this work?

I worked at a large construction company and was taught on site the basics of the truck. That’s where I got to perfect my skills before I went and got my license.

I also used to be an owner operator and did some cross-country driving as well for a few years. I eventually decided to get out of the owner-operator business so that I could get health insurance and other benefits through the company.

Any advice for others considering a career in trucking?

Have an open mind, and expect people to do the unexpected while you’re driving down the road. You’ll enjoy the challenge of some of the situations you’ll find yourself in as a driver. It can be a little nerve-wracking to drive in the city rush-hour traffic, so you’ll learn to keep your distance between other drivers, and many techniques for staying safe in these situations. But keep an open mind and you’ll do all right.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m originally from New Hampshire but I got here to Texas as soon as I could! In my spare time I enjoy riding my Harley, and my wife and I love to go on cruises. We’ve been on 13 so far.