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Become A Transit Driver

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Working As A Transit 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 Transit Driver Do At The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living

* Safely transports senior passengers as directed by management.
* Follows all scheduled routes as assigned by management.
* Assists passengers when boarding and exiting the vehicle.
* Assists with packages, walkers and other items if needed.
* Accurately completes pre-trip sheets at the beginning and end of each shift.
* Demonstrates good judgment and problem solving and decision making skills.
* Attends and participates in staff meetings, mandatory in-services, and training sessions

What Does A Transit Driver Do At Great Falls Transit District

pick up and take customers with disabilities to

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How To Become A Transit 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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Transit Driver Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    55.2%
  • Female

    42.8%
  • Unknown

    2.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.8%
  • Asian

    7.5%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    56.7%
  • Portuguese

    10.0%
  • French

    6.7%
  • Dakota

    6.7%
  • Italian

    6.7%
  • Vietnamese

    3.3%
  • Hmong

    3.3%
  • Korean

    3.3%
  • Arabic

    3.3%
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Top Skills for A Transit Driver

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Top Transit Driver Skills

  1. Passenger Endorsement
  2. Ensure Safety
  3. Customer Service Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Radio communication of transport details with dispatch.CDL-C with Passenger endorsement.
  • Developed excellent safety skills and customer service skills.
  • Documented thorough pre-trip inspections of the vehicle prior to operation on a daily basis.
  • Transport passengers of all ages with various disabilities both physical and mental.
  • Received CDL Class B license and trained to drive Wildcat Transit buses on and off campus.

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