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Become A CDL Class A Driver

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Working As A CDL Class A Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $41,350

    Average Salary

What Does A CDL Class A Driver Do At Builders Equipment & Tool Co-Betco

* Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
* Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting goods.
* Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
* Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
* Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.
* Maneuver trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned.
* Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
* Obtain receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collect payment for services when required.
* Check all load-related documentation for completeness and accuracy.
* Obey traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.
* Read maps and follow written or verbal geographic directions.
* Verify the contents of inventory loads against shipping papers.
* Load and unload trucks, vans.
* Maintain logs of working hours, of vehicle service or repair status, follow applicable state and federal regulations

What Does A CDL Class A Driver Do At Centerline

* Drivers will be making local deliveries of boxed, bagged, and crated household goods to retail stores.
* No home or business deliveries are required and a driver assistant is provided.
* Local Western WA delivery area
* Driver must assist with unloading
* Verifying delivered product
* Pre and Post trip inspections
* Operating T / T with 28
* foot dry vans
* We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law

What Does A CDL Class A Driver Do At Clarus Linens

* Responsible for proper loading, unloading, and securing of carts weighing up to 300 lbs to prevent movement and allow safe transportation
* Inspect vehicles for mechanical issues and safety issues
* Must follow daily schedule and truck cleaning schedule; keeping the interior and exterior of cab/trailer clean
* Must be able to lift bags weighing 30lbs or more during loading and unloading of truck
* Constant standing/walking, bending, stooping, twisting and reaching while loading and unloading of trucks

What Does A CDL Class A Driver Do At Cybercoders

* Operates the tractor trailer in strict compliance with all DOT regulations.
* Delivers and picks up loads from docks on schedule.
* Inspects truck and trailer, pre and post trip, following DOT regulations.
* Responsible for the condition of the truck and trailer, looking for any malfunctioning parts.
* Inspects cargo to ensure it's loaded correctly.
* Reviews all the necessary shipping documents.
* Informs management of any and all issues.
* Washes tractor on days when there is no load for that day.
* Helps load and unload trailers when needed

What Does A CDL Class A Driver Do At Sunbelt Rentals

* Loading, unloading and securing equipment
* Deliver and recover equipment at the customer site.
* Delivery includes driving various pieces of heavy equipment off and onto the truck, such as a Boom lift, Scissorlift, Forklift, Excavator, Skidsteer Loader, etc.
* Perform daily commercial vehicle inspection to ensure operational safety.
* Learn and demonstrate Customer Service Standards for delivery service.
* Accurately obtain required signatures on rental contracts, pick up and exchange forms.
* Demonstration of proper and safe equipment usage to customer at point of delivery

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How To Become A CDL Class A Driver

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truckdriving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Education

Most companies require their truck drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Many companies require drivers to attend professional truckdriving schools, where they take training courses to learn how to maneuver large vehicles on highways or through crowded streets. During these classes, drivers also learn the federal laws and regulations governing interstate truck driving. Students attend either a private truckdriving school or a program at a community college that lasts between 3 and 6 months.

Upon finishing their classes, drivers receive a certificate of completion.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a requirement that mandates all newly hired interstate truck drivers to take a truckdriving course.

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) certifies a small percentage of driver-training courses at truckdriver training schools that meet both the industry standards and the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All long-haul truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but generally include passing both a knowledge test and a driving test. States have the right to refuse to issue a CDL to anyone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Drivers can get endorsements to their CDL that show their ability to drive a specialized type of vehicle. Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) must have a hazardous materials endorsement (H). Getting this endorsement requires passing an additional knowledge test and a background check.

Federal regulations require random testing of on-duty truck drivers for drug or alcohol abuse. In addition, truck drivers can have their CDL suspended if they are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.

Other actions can result in a suspension after multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a list of these violations. Additionally, some companies have stricter standards than what federal regulations require.

Training

After completing truckdriving school and being hired by a company, drivers normally receive between 1 and 3 months of on-the-job training. During this time, they drive a truck with a more experienced mentor–driver in the passenger seat. This period of on-the-job training is given so that the new drivers will learn more about the specific type of truck they will drive and material they will transport.

Important Qualities

Hand-eye coordination. Drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers must be able to coordinate their legs, hands, and eyes simultaneously so that they will react appropriately to the situation around them and drive the vehicle safely.

Hearing ability. Truck drivers need good hearing. Federal regulations require that a driver be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at 5 feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid).

Physical health. Federal regulations do not allow people to become truck drivers if they have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy, which may interfere with their ability to operate a truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a full list of medical conditions that disqualify someone from driving a long-haul truck.

Visual ability. Truck drivers must be able to pass vision tests. Federal regulations require a driver to have at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish the colors on a traffic light.

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CDL Class A Driver Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    90.8%
  • Female

    7.8%
  • Unknown

    1.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.8%
  • Asian

    6.0%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    73.2%
  • Carrier

    8.9%
  • Arabic

    5.4%
  • Portuguese

    1.8%
  • German

    1.8%
  • Urdu

    1.8%
  • Hindi

    1.8%
  • Dakota

    1.8%
  • Korean

    1.8%
  • Italian

    1.8%
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Top Skills for A CDL Class A Driver

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Top CDL Class A Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Instructions
  2. Appropriate Safety Procedures
  3. Vehicle Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained telephone or radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions.
  • Followed appropriate safety procedures for transporting gold ore.
  • Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable State and Federal Regulations.
  • Drive tractor trailer for United Natural Foods
  • Truck Driver for OTR drove flatbed truck delivered steel, lumber, pipe and coils.

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