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Working As A Yard Jockey

  • 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

  • $38,270

    Average Salary

What Does A Yard Jockey Do At Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated

* Ability to safely and efficiently operate tractor-trailer equipment in a wide variety of customer/supplier locations
* Ability to professionally interface with customer/supplier/CCBCC representatives in a professional manner
* Ability to confidently manage “traffic” on the property to ensure the correct asset is at the correct dock at the correct time
* Ability to quickly assess the status of logistics processes/systems, take immediate responsibility, take appropriate actions and make appropriate decisions
* Read and Follow Written SOP’s or instructions
* Complete forms (handwritten and/or computer-based) to document activities/results
* Follow verbal instructions
* Possess strong communication skills
* Ability to multitask

What Does A Yard Jockey Do At Stericycle

* Consolidates material for shipped for off-site treatment.
* Completes paperwork properly and timely.
* May assist in maintaining inventory and storage of hazardous materials in accordance with appropriate regulations and policies, practices, and procedures.
* Follows and understands all Health & Safety /Job Safety Analysis (JSA’s) procedures as outlined in the procedures and policies.
* Operates fork trucks to move materials for storage and loading and unloading.
* Collects samples of inbound waste for analysis.
* May maintain records for DOT and State officials.
* Operates fork trucks and heavy duty equipment.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Yard Jockey Do At Ryder System

* Check in vehicles
* Check for leaks/tire pressure/fluids
* Check for minor mechanical malfunctions
* Inspect all vehicles as they come into inventory
* Complete minor repairs/adjustments, as needed
* Make recommendations on possible repairs needed
* Enter findings into Ryder's computer systems
* Report findings and issues to Vehicle Sales Manager
* Other duties as assigned
* Ryder is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free workplace.
* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability._

What Does A Yard Jockey Do At Centerline

* Driver will move trailers around the yard or to local warehouses.
* Driver must be flexible to take on other responsibilities if asked, be outgoing with a great attitude and professional demeanor.
* CDL Class A driving jobs
* Full-time and part-time work available
* Home every night
* We work with you to find the driving job that is the right fit for you.
* Local, regional and dedicated 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 Yard Jockey Do At Maines Paper & Food Service

* Responsible for ensuring correct trailer in designated door for loading and proper hook up between designated tractor and trailer.
* Place outbound trailer/truck to assigned loading dock.
* Set temperature on thermo king unit as required.
* Hook assigned tractor to trailer according to daily schedule.
* Communicate with supervisor on all changes due to equipment breakdown and/or availability.
* Communicate with Receiving Supervisor on unloading sequence of backhauls.
* Communicate with maintenance garage on equipment schedule for inspection lane.
* Coordinate equipment hook up.
* As weather requires, park equipment at heater outlets as required.
* Complete special projects and other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Yard Jockey

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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  • White

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  • Black or African American

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  • German

  • Greek

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Top Yard Jockey Skills

  1. Empty Trailers
  2. Dock Doors
  3. Yard Truck
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inventoried empty trailers to provide to Dispatch and relocated the trailers to the warehouse dock for loading.
  • Used computers at specific dock doors to scan in and out products arriving and departing from the premises.
  • United States Duties: Operated and maintained yard trucks, transported trailers within the facility for loading/unloading and processing.
  • Freight Yard driver: yard horse truck and forklift Starting salary: $11.00 ending: $21.50
  • Load and unload tractor trailer merchandise for distribution.

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