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Become A Commercial Truck Driver

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Working As A Commercial Truck 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

  • $40,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Commercial Truck Driver Do At Centerline

* We are hiring Commercial Truck Drivers to join the Centerline team.
* We offer a variety of local and regional driving jobs.
* Class A commercial driver’s license
* Flexible schedules – home every night
* Local and regional customer base
* Single application with Centerline provides you with a variety of commercial driving jobs
* 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 Commercial Truck Driver Do At Wolf Creek Federal Services

* Operate Government or Wolf Creek -owned motor vehicles and/or other equipment; gasoline and diesel powered trucks or truck tractors with or without semi-trailers or full trailers, coupled by use of a turntable (fifth wheel) or pivotal hook, to transport articles and materials on government and public roads and highways on a daily basis.
* Move, load or unload, transfer, transport and stack or un-stack palletized goods, boxes, crates, merchandise, and supplies from one location to another.
* This includes but is not limited to pallets, mail cages on wheels and equipment that is floor loaded.
* Drivers are responsible for the load.
* To include tying down, dogging and chaining along with other load securing measures.
* Reorganize and obtain inventory of stored material to identify discrepancies, etc. as directed.
* Coupling truck tractor and semi-trailer or truck and trailer, directing the arranging of and proper security of cargo, controlling the loading and occasionally driving other type and size vehicles for which qualified and licensed, when required by the workload.
* Perform housekeeping of work area and may be assigned to support contract requirements in a job-related area such as environmental, safety, or security.
* Comprehend and complete Work Orders and Debits and follow instructions to deliver and/or pick-up material at various locations.
* Ensure all signatures and notations are documented on the MDAT’s for pick up and deliveries
* May be cross-utilized in other job areas.
* Understand and follow procedures for removing material from storage for shipment or issue in consideration to quantities, units of issue, and types of items shown on issue requests.
* Able to operate forklifts, rider pallet jacks and electric pallet jacks to accomplish loading and unloading to their trucks.
* Adhere to established Wolf Creek safety and personnel policies and standard operating procedures.
* Able to support our after hour move requirements for our customer
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Commercial Truck Driver Do At Apollo Logistics Inc.

Safely operate a heavy or tractor-trailer truck Load and unload cargo Properly track and document activity log Report any issues or incidents to dispatch Inspect truck before and after trip

What Does A Commercial Truck Driver Do At Tire Depot Inc.

* Driving throughout northern Idaho, eastern Washington and Montana and loading tires.
* Competitive per hour and mile wage, based on

What Does A Commercial Truck Driver Do At Centerline

* We are hiring Commercial Truck Drivers to join the Centerline team.
* We offer a variety of local and regional driving jobs

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How To Become A Commercial Truck 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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Real Commercial Truck Driver Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Commercial Truck Driver Butacis Trucking Inc. Wood Dale, IL Mar 01, 2015 $50,067
Commercial Truck Driver Butacis Trucking Inc. Burr Ridge, IL Jan 01, 1970 $49,191
Commercial Truck Drivers Cleopatra Trucking, LLC Columbus, OH May 08, 2015 $39,674
Commercial Truck Driver S&H Express, Inc. PA Apr 25, 2013 $36,627

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Top Skills for A Commercial Truck Driver

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Top Commercial Truck Driver Skills

  1. Vehicle Service
  2. Timely Delivery
  3. Appropriate Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain logs of duty hours, vehicle service or repair to follow state and federal regulations.
  • Maintained an accurate and timely delivery of propane tanks.
  • Followed appropriate safety procedures for transporting goods.
  • Provided excellent customer service as evidenced by ongoing customer requests.
  • Conduct daily DOT pre-trip inspections according to a set checklist.

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