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Become A Loader/Driver

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Working As A Loader/Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Stressful

  • $26,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Loader/Driver Do At Waste Connections, Inc.

* Ability to safely operate a garbage truck on specified routes to collect solid waste.
* Waste experience _preferred_ , but not required.
* Ability to read route sheets and service each customer identified on the sheet or assigned by the dispatcher.
* Perform routine inspection and maintenance on vehicles such as checking fluids, safety equipment, and tires.
* Courteous interaction with our customers and perform other miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
* A typical schedule for this position is Monday
* Friday, some Saturdays, No Sundays, 55+ hour work week

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How To Become A Loader/Driver

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some opportunities exist for those without a high school diploma. Workers undergo 1 month or less of on-the-job training. They must have a driver’s license from the state in which they work and possess a clean driving record.


Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent.


Companies train new delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers on the job. This may include driving training from a driver-mentor who rides along with a new employee to ensure that a new driver is able to operate a truck safely on crowded streets.

New drivers also have training to learn company policies about package dropoffs and returns, taking payment, and what to do with damaged goods.

Driver/sales workers must learn detailed information about the products they offer. Their company also may teach them proper sales techniques, such as how to approach potential new customers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All delivery drivers need a driver’s license.

Other Experience

Some delivery drivers begin as package loaders at warehouse facilities, especially if the driver works for a large company. For more information on package loaders, see the profile on hand laborers and material movers.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. When completing deliveries, drivers often interact with customers and should make a good impression to ensure repeat business.

Hand-eye coordination. When driving, delivery drivers need to observe their surroundings while simultaneously operating a complex machine.

Math skills. Because delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers sometimes take payment, they must be able to count cash and make change quickly and accurately.

Patience. When driving through heavy traffic congestion, delivery drivers must remain calm and composed.

Sales skills. Driver/sales workers are expected to persuade customers to purchase new or different products from them.

Visual ability. To have a driver’s license, delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers must be able to pass a state vision test.

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Loader/Driver Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • Zulu

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Top Skills for A Loader/Driver


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Top Loader/Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Package Cars
  3. Safety Policies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Received and organized packages from conveyor; loaded package delivery trucks in preparation for each day's route coverage.
  • Load and unload package cars in sequential order, sort packages according to route and geographical location.
  • Follow all required safety policies and procedures.
  • Prepared, secured and loaded freight onto company vehicles for delivery.
  • Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.

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