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What Is an Intermodal Truck Driver and How to Become One


What Is an Intermodal Truck Driver?

An intermodal truck driver hauls freight by truck in a shipping container. Specifically, intermodal freight transport occurs either to or from another mode of transportation, like a train or boat. As an intermodal truck driver, your responsibilities include picking up freight and delivering it to either its final destination or its next mode of transportation. You also record data regarding the freight's weight, and hours and mileage traveled. Your job is to ensure that the cargo you are moving arrives safely and on time while maintaining compliance with all company and government regulations.

How to Become an Intermodal Truck Driver

To become an intermodal truck driver, you need to meet the minimum qualifications of holding a CDL (Class A) license. Better paid jobs are available for you if you have several months of experience driving on your CDL license. Because this job is depot-based, you likely need to live within a specific distance from your hub. Some employers also ask for qualifications like hazmat or tanker endorsements, but they may allow you to earn them within a few months of hiring. Due to the responsibilities involved with working with shipping containers and the intersection of modes of transport in intermodal freight transport, you need excellent communication skills and knowledge of transport to complete your duties. Timeliness and time management are also essential skills.