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Become A Residential Driver

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Working As A Residential 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 Residential 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.
* We offer excellent benefits including: medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, long term disability, life insurance, 401K retirement and unlimited opportunities to **"Connect with Your Future"** .
* Waste Connections is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veterans)_

What Does A Residential Driver Do At Waste Management

* To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following tasks
* Operates vehicle in accordance with Waste Management Safety and Life Critical Rules, OSHA (Occupational and Safety Health Act) and DOT (Department of Transportation) requirements as well as all local, state and federal laws
* Performs pre- and post-trip inspections of assigned vehicle and documents checks utilizing the standard DVIR (Driver Vehicle Inspection Report).
* Immediately reports all unsafe situations or service related issues to Route Manager or Dispatch
* Attends and participates in all scheduled training programs, briefings, and meetings as required by Waste Management or directed by the Route Manager
* Works closely with Route Manager to improve route efficiencies and identify best practices
* Notifies Route Manager of any incidents, accidents, injures, or property damage
* Notifies Route Manager or Dispatch of service interruptions including closed or impassable streets or alleyways, receptacles too heavy to service or potential safety hazards
* Communicates customer requests to Dispatch or Route Manager
* Completely dumps all receptacles and leaves the customeris location clean and free of debris.
* Follows route assignments as directed and completes end of day documentation and check out process
* Performs all duties as scheduled by Route Manager or Dispatch and assisting other drivers as directed to meet customer needs
* Equal Opportunity Employer

What Does A Residential Driver Do At Special Citizens Futures Unlimited Inc.

* The Residential Driver will:
* Safely operate a van or automobile over scheduled and unscheduled routes to transport individuals or employees to and from the dayhab facilities, consumer residences, human services organizations, work sites, educational institutions, medical facilities, grocery stores, drug stores, and other desired locations.
* Maintaining a variety of records, such as a vehicle log, purpose of trip, mileage, etc.
* Must use independent judgment when handling unusual situations arising with consumers.
* Must make grocery runs to appropriate places as needed or assigned.
* Drivers must perform a safety check on any vehicle before using it and report any problems to the Fleet Administrator.
* Help assist Residence in coverage as needed during down times of runs.
* In absence of Residence cook help in setting up snacks for when consumers arrive.
* From time to time the driver must take required training courses.
* These include, but are not limited to: special needs assistance training, defensive driver training, CPR, and first aid.
* Work is reviewed through observation and review of records

What Does A Residential 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.
* Ability to perform a physically demanding job, loading and unloading, at times with no helpers.
* Operate hydraulic hand controls to lift/load refuse and dispose of trash at designated facilities.
* Courteous interaction with our customers and the ability to provide excellent customer service at all times
* A typical schedule for this position is Monday
* Friday, with an occasional Saturday as needed, 50
* hour work week

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

* Drives heavy diesel truck to and from customer locations and disposal area(s).
* Courteous interaction with customers, dispatchers and supervisors.
* Completes required route/productivity sheets, Vehicle Condition Reports (VCRs) and other forms.
* Performs other job-related duties as assigned

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How To Become A Residential 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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Residential Driver Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier


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Top Skills for A Residential Driver


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Top Residential Driver Skills

  1. Safety Equipment
  2. Ensure Tire Pressure
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • work safety equipment, including hearing protection, steel-toed work shoes, utility gloves, reflective vest, and safety glasses.
  • Operated a wide variety of Class B rated commercial vehicles for the purpose of providing excellent customer service.
  • Operated heavy-duty trucks while being responsible for the collection of residential household waste or recyclable material.
  • run residential routes in a safe and timely manner
  • Drive to disposal sites to empty trucks that have been filled.

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