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Working As A CDL 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

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A CDL Driver Do At Waste Connections, Inc.

* Ability to safely operate a garbage truck on a specified route to collect residential waste.
* Ability to read route sheets and service each customer identified on the sheet or assigned by the dispatcher.
* Perform daily pre and post trip inspections.
* Ability to perform a physically demanding job, loading yard waste at approximately 300 stops with no helpers.
* Operate hydraulic hand controls to lift/load refuse and dispose of trash at designated facilities.
* Courteous interaction with our customers.
* Perform other miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

What Does A CDL Driver Do At Cummins Inc.

* Support the Cummins Sales and Service Philosophy, Values and Policies
* Pickup and deliver customer trucks, buses and RVs using a towable vehicle for two way transport.
* Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
* Check all load-related documentation to ensure that it is complete and accurate.
* Read and interpret maps in order to determine vehicle routes.
* Demonstrate safe and defensive driving behavior at all times.
* Report vehicle effects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles

What Does A CDL Driver Do At Superior Energy Services

* Conduct the pre-trip inspection to ensure safe transporting of equipment.
* Responsible for communicating with District Service Manager to coordinate paperwork for delivery of equipment to customer.
* Drives truck to destination.
* Maintains truck log, according to state and federal regulations.
* Maintains telephone or radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions.
* Loads and unloads truck.
* Inspects truck equipment and supplies such as tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil, and water.
* Performs emergency roadside repairs such as changing tires, installing light bulbs, tire chains, and spark plugs.
* Positions blocks and ties rope around items to secure cargo during transit and loading and unloading process.
* Operate assigned vehicle and all attached equipment in a safe manner and in accordance with FMSCA regulations.
* Comply with all QHSE policies and procedures during the course of work.
* Ensures full awareness of, and compliance with, the requirements of all relevant company/customer HSE handbooks, HSE procedures and emergency procedures

What Does A CDL Driver Do At Stericycle

* Pick up and transport waste safely, according to all federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
* Label containers, and complete pre-printed manifests and work orders.
* Schedule shipments into or off site.
* Use a handheld device to capture and print manifests and labels.
* Drive a Commercial vehicle in accordance with DOT regulations and company policies and procedures.
* Perform warehouse work related to receipt, shipment, storage, distribution, or delivery of waste materials.
* Load, unload, move, or store items according to delivery or routing documents, or supervisor instructions
* Perform general housekeeping duties.
* Operate a hand truck, forklift, or other heavy equipment.
* Classify, segregate, and inventory waste containers in storage for shipment.
* Conduct lab pack operations.
* Pack small laboratory containers of chemical waste into larger containers for shipment.
* Perform various regulatory compliance and safety tasks including, but not limited to:
* Pre-trip inspections of vehicle
* Report all losses, spills, accidents, and safety violations to supervisor immediately.
* Resolve over packing of leaking containers/containers in non
* DOT shippable condition.
* Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
* Position Requirements
* Education and Experience
* Required to maintain current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), with an excellent driving record.
* May be required to possess CDL HAZMAT Endorsement if responsible for transporting waste.
* May be obtained post employment during probationary period.
* Maintain a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) issued by a doctor approved by Stericycle.
* Must work safely and carefully to prevent injury to self and others while driving, loading, and unloading vehicle.
* College Degree in Environmental Science, Biology, or other related field preferred or the equivalent in related work experience, preferably in the waste management industry
* May require mandatory immunizations and credentialing based on customer requirements.
* Strong working knowledge of Environmental/Regulatory/DOT rules and regulations.
* Professional leadership and interpersonal skills for communicating with clients
* Ability to read maps and navigation tools
* May require forklift driver certification and six or more months of relevant experience.
* Ability to manage account(s) on a daily basis, as assigned.
* Completion of an accredited driving school, or previous Commercial Driving experience may be required if responsible for transporting waste.
* Previous route management experience a plus.
* We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected

What Does A CDL Driver Do At Waste Management

* Organizes and schedules all necessary resources required to accomplish activities.
* Coordinates daily operational needs with Maintenance team.
* Plans, distributes, monitors, and follows-up daily route assignments to ensure customers are serviced per company standards and agreements.
* Manages the check-in process (opening or closing), capturing and communicating key service, safety, and equipment issues.
* Ensure compliance with DOT and OSHA rules and regulations including documentation and record keeping.
* Reviews weekly demand / volume for routes, determines potential gains from re-routing, and recommends re-routes to the routing specialist.
* Sets and monitors productivity, service, and safety targets for each route and driver.
* Promotes a union free atmosphere and where appropriate, establishes collaborative relations with unions.
* Works with functional groups to resolve employee relations and labor relations issues.
* Conducts Root Cause Investigations for all injuries and incidents, ensuring consistent discipline and retraining.
* Visits customers and customer sites to evaluate and resolve safety issues, seeking service alternatives where appropriate.
* Teams with Dispatch and Customer Service to identify and resolve routing and customer service issues
* Communicates and follows-up on sales opportunities, problems at customer site, DVIR repairs, container swaps, and safety issues reported by drivers.
* Whatever else needed to ensure a successful, ethical, and safe company.
* III. SupervisoryResponsibilities
* This job has supervisoryresponsibilities for Drivers assigned to the position.
* This includesresponsibility for employee performance reviews and feedback, scheduling time off,employee grievances or complaints, pay changes and job responsibilities.
* IV. Qualifications
* The requirements listed below arerepresentative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.
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How To Become A CDL 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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Top Skills for A CDL Driver

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Top CDL 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 contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions.
  • Followed appropriate safety procedures while transporting dangerous pr hazardous goods.
  • Maintain logs of working hours and of vehicle service and repair status.
  • Provide exceptional customer service during course of deliveries.
  • Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products.

Top CDL Driver Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a CDL Driver

  1. Swift Transportation
  2. C.R. England
  3. Werner Enterprises
  4. J.B. Hunt Transport Services
  5. U.S. Xpress
  6. Western Express
  7. Schneider National
  8. Lowe's Companies
  9. Halliburton
  10. Prime
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