Drivers who enjoy being responsible for important tasks while working alone are particularly suited to the role of the owner-operator of a vacuum truck. Collecting slurries, liquids, sand or other items into a tanker using a pneumatic system that applies gas or the passage of air to operate the pumping system, and disposing of their cargo safely, is all in a day’s work for a vacuum truck driver.
What’s a Vacuum Truck?
A vacuum truck is designed on a basic truck chassis with a large secured container atop to hold liquids, sand, and other materials for transportation and disposal. Air pressure or gas pressure is applied to suck the materials into the truck’s container safely and then hold it until the disposal at an approved site.
Satellite vacuum trucks are modern pieces of precision trucking equipment that facilitates collection and transportation in a safe manner while meeting environmental standards. Drivers have a choice whether to take a position where the employer owns the vacuum truck (or they have a long-term lease for one or more trucks), or they can be an owner-operator.
How Can I Make Money from Owning One?
When owning a vacuum truck, you can be paid considerably more money than being just the driver. More positions are open to individuals in many cases because it simplifies matters for companies that only have a short-term need for their services or who do not wish to either lease or purchase a suitable truck for the tasks required.
The operator must be able to accept cargo for transport, drive safely, adhering to all relevant road and safety regulations, and unload their cargo upon arrival at the designated location. A Class A commercial driving license is necessary to drive these types of trucks on the road. As the linked job application posting indicates, owner-operators must be physically able to handle the loading and offloading process themselves, work well alone and keep detailed records tracking each collection and delivery completed.
Building a Fleet by Expanding Through the Years
An individual can begin as a truck driver for a company but subsequently move up to become an owner-operator to take control of their destiny. From the profitable operation of their truck for one or more clients over time, they can expand beyond a single truck to a fleet of them. They are then free to employ other truck drivers to responsibly operate their fleet.
Building a business using a fleet of vacuum trucks provides a steady stream of income for collection and offloading services needed on a regular basis by customers. The margins are good. Also, it provides a way to step back from always needing to be the driver to get paid and become the business owner employing others, while providing a valued service to companies, municipalities, and local government organizations.
There is a good opportunity for enterprising truck drivers to start out in their career driving trucks on behalf of companies and later move up to be the owner-operator. In time, there is the potential to step away from driving when the physical demands of the driving and offloading are potentially becoming difficult to manage, by assuming the management role in full at that time. Later, a manager can be employed to handle the day-to-day operations so that the owner can take a step back.