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Become A Class A Driver

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Working As A 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 Class A Driver Do At Waste Connections, Inc.

* Performs complete pre-trip inspection including, but not limited to, checking tire pressure, fluid levels, safety equipment, gauges and controls.
* Drives heavy diesel truck to and from customer locations and disposal area(s).
* Moves waste bin to position accessible by truck and closes all enclosure gates, as necessary.
* Operates hydraulic hand controls to lift/load refuse, operate compactor and dispose of collected material at the designated facility.
* Cleans waste from the packer blade and truck body on each landfill or transfer station run.
* Courteous interaction with customers, dispatchers and supervisors.
* Cleans up the area around accidental waste spills.
* Reads route sheets to determine day’s schedule and services each customer as identified on the route sheet or as assigned by dispatcher or supervisor.
* Completes required route/productivity sheets, Vehicle Condition Reports (VCRs) and other forms.
* Performs all driver check-in procedures upon returning to the facility at the end of the day.
* Follows all safety policies and procedures.
* Performs other job-related duties as assigned

What Does A Class A Driver Do At Stericycle

* Manages assigned routes ensuring customers’ waste is picked up in a timely and accurate manner.
* Pick up and transport waste safely according to all federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
* Plans daily schedule based on customers’ needs by reviewing daily paperwork, e.g., manifest, route sheets, previous VCR, etc. provided by the Transportation Manager/Supervisor or Dispatcher.
* May prepare and load trucks to service select accounts for the day ensuring enough supplies are added.
* Pick up specified waste from each customer site scheduled for the day.
* Ensures that customers have packaged and prepared the waste according to all federal, state, and local rules and regulations before transporting.
* Provide the highest level of customer service to assigned accounts on a daily basis, communicating any issues to Transportation Manager/Supervisor or Dispatcher for resolution.
* This includes, but is not limited to re-routes, adjustments in container sizes, training, etc.
* Ensures waste, supplies, and material handling equipment are secured prior to operating vehicle on public highway.
* Ensures that assigned paperwork is completed legibly, neatly, accurately, and completely and returned to Transportation Supervisor or Dispatcher for processing.
* Ensures DOT Driver Log is completed, if applicable.
* Communicates with Stericycle Transportation Supervisor and/or Dispatcher regarding any change to route pickups, including address changes, customer not having waste ready for pickup, etc.
* Ensures that employee covering for specific route is aware of any situations outside the norm in order to provide the highest level of customer service.
* Reports any problems/issues with accounts to Transportation Supervisor and/or Dispatcher before the close of business each day.
* Performs pre-trip and post-trip maintenance on assigned truck prior to leaving or closing for the day.
* Reports any maintenance problems to Transportation/Dispatcher for follow-up

What Does A Class A Driver Do At Centerline

* Centerline Drivers is looking for a Class A driver to work a no touch position for a National client on a local level.
* This is a great place to work with a very supportive team and staff, with much room for advancement and overtime.
* Hauling large appliances to customers throughout the Nashville land area.
* NO TOUCH position
* Ability to keep delivery times within schedule
* Accurately record logs of deliveries
* Preform exceptional customer service
* 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 Class A Driver Do At Ferrellgas

* Loads, secures, transports, delivers, and unloads propane exchange tanks to and from specified destinations
* Inspects vehicle and notifies supervisor of needed equipment, supplies, or routine maintenance
* Prepares and maintains records in accordance with regulations and company procedures
* Operates truck in accordance to established safety procedures
* During daily interaction with customers provides exceptional customer service by supplying service information and answering inquires
* Maintains compliance with all DOT requirements
* Under supervision, handles and maintains flow of materials and products under safety guidelines
* Participates in required on call rotation for after hours and weekend emergency deliveries or response
* Supports customer demand by working evening hours and weekends, as needed

What Does A 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

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How To Become A 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).


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.


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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Class A Driver Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Cherokee

  • Japanese

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Thai

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Top Class A Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Instructions
  2. Vehicle Service
  3. Appropriate Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained telephone and radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions.
  • Maintain vehicle service, fueling and delivery records and ensure the truck remains in good working order.
  • Followed appropriate safety procedures for transporting temperature set cargo.
  • Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products or other materials.
  • Presented quality customer service to customers during the delivery process.

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