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Become A Line Driver

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Working As A Line 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 Line Driver Do At Mountain Valley Express

* Drives trucks to destination.
* Prepares receipts for loads picked up and delivered.
* Collects payment for goods delivered and for delivery charges.
* Executes other paperwork as directed.
* Handles Hazardous Materials.
* Maintains truck log and performs pre-trip and post trip inspections according to state and federal regulations and company policy.
* Maintains telephone or radio contact with supervisor to receive instructions.
* Loads and unloads truck.
* Review hazmat paperwork and load as required
* Makes and breaks up sets of trailers by using and handling a converter gear.
* Inspects truck equipment such as tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil, and water.
* Performs emergency roadside repairs such as, installing light bulbs, and other light maintenance repairs as may be directed by a staff mechanic.
* Performs brake inspections and adjustments.
* Positions blocks and ties rope around items to secure cargo during transit.
* Operates a forklift as required to unload and load materials into his or her trailer

What Does A Line Driver Do At Centerline

* Do you have a Class A CDL? We are hiring for flexible truck driving jobs.
* We will work with drivers to determine what routes work best for you.
* Centerline is looking for people who can represent us and our clients with professionalism while maintaining safety at all times.
* Flexible truck driving jobs
* Endorsements are a plus
* Familiar with DOT protocol
* May be required to assist in loading/unloading
* 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

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How To Become A Line 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 Line Driver

SafeDeliverySafetyRulesWarehouse/DockWorkerHazmatCustomerServiceCDLRawMaterialsMerchandiseOTRPickUPSReeferPre-TripInspectionsLineHaulRF GunHazardousMaterialsPalletJackLogBookProductionLinesMileageSafeOperation

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Top Line Driver Skills

  1. Safe Delivery
  2. Safety Rules
  3. Warehouse/Dock Worker
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained all safety rules and regulations.AccomplishmentsConsistently accident free- promoted to line boss in just a few months.
  • Required to have knowledge of current DOT Hazmat, Equipment, and Driver Regulations.
  • Run a predetermined route to swap LTL trailers for delivery and assist in any and all customer service issues.
  • Required to maintain a Class A CDL.
  • Conduct hourly quality checks on finished product and supply raw materials as needed for the daily batch.

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