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What Does a Pneumatic Tank Driver Do?

Updated: Apr 7, 2022




Did you know that one of the highest paying regional CDL-A driving jobs in Omaha, Nebraska is driving a pneumatic tanker for companies like Carleton Transport?


But what exactly is a pneumatic tanker?

A pneumatic tanker is a metal cylinder-like truck with a series of cone-shaped hoppers at the bottom and openings (or “manholes”) at the top and back of the tank. At the bottom of each hopper is a valve, opening into a pipe that runs below the trailer. Those valves are closed when a shipper loads the truck. When it comes time to unload, the driver opens the valves, letting product run out of the hopper and into the pipe. Tanks are 42 ft pneumatic and total length of the truck and trailer comes to around 58 ft depending on truck wheelbase and around 13 ft high.


Pneumatic tanks are used to transport materials that are considered dry bulk and need to be protected from exposure to air and moisture.


Products typically hauled by pneumatic tankers at companies like Carleton Transport:

  • Construction materials such as cement, sand, ash, and lime.

  • Food products including flour, sugar, grains (wheat, oats etc), and starch.

  • Feed products

Training/education/qualifications needed to haul pneumatic:

  • A high school diploma or GED certificate and Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). (Post-secondary education is usually not required).

  • Employers like Carleton Transport prefer candidates with a clean driving record and who have at least one year of commercial driving experience.

  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to utilize safety skills when driving, loading, and unloading trucks is needed.

  • Drivers should be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Advantages of hauling pneumatic tankers:

  • Materials hauled in a pneumatic tanker are easily unloaded through pipes with compressed air.

  • Operation of modern pneumatic tankers are now done at ground level.

  • The average pneumatic truck drivers salary in the USA is $74,500-$87,000 per year.


There are so many other advantages to driving for pneumatic carriers that it is worth looking into. However, beware of companies that haul chemicals and hazardous materials as this type of driving takes on much greater risk.


At Carleton Transport, our goal is to create calm in the chaos of the trucking industry through offering drivers more flexibility. If you’re interested in hearing more about our current driving opportunities, call 402-332-0260 to speak with our recruiter. Or, visit our driving jobs page at carletontransport.com/driving-jobs today.

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