JOB SUMMARY OF PURPOSE:
To transport and deliver freight by driving a diesel-powered tractor trailer combination locally or long distance.
Hook and unhook trailers from the tractor itself or from converter dollies.
Including pushing and/or pulling into place and cranking lever to raise and lower landing gear on semi-trailers and/or the front support on converter dollies.
Load and unload trailer, either individually or with assistance of dock workers.
With or without mechanical freight-handling equipment.
Perform frequent lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying of freight.
Inspect truck for defects and safe operating condition before, during and after trips and submit a written report on the condition of the truck at the end of each trip or tour of duty.
Check shipping papers to determine the nature of the load and check for the presence of hazardous materials.
When hazardous materials are present:
Check the proper preparations of shipping papers
Check the agreement between information on shipping papers and markings and labeling on freight
Ascertain that vehicle is properly placarded
Drive truck to destination in accordance with federal regulations.
Normally in periods of up to 11 hours* of driving followed by an off-duty period of at least 10 consecutive hours*.
Apply knowledge of commercial driving and skills in maneuvering vehicle at varying speeds in difficult situations.
Such as heavy traffic
Tight loading dock areas
Ensure that all shipping documentations are available for inspection and that appropriate paperwork accompanies shipment when delivered.
Manifest, security seal sheet, bills of lading, shipping orders, or freight bill
Maintain records required for compliance with state and federal regulations including
Drivers’ logs, records of fuel purchases, mileage records, and other records required by law.
Perform all duties in accordance with company’s policies and procedures. Comply with all federal, state and local regulations for the safe operation of a commercial motor vehicle.
Report all accidents involving driver or company equipment.
Report highway safety hazards noted en route.
Promptly report any delays in the event of irregularities relating to pickup or delivery of cargo.
Safe and legal operation of commercial vehicle
Safe and timely transportation of freight from origin to destination
Proper loading and unloading of freight to assure safety and minimal risk of damage to cargo and danger to people
Proper handling and accurate completion of all necessary paperwork related to truck operations and freight movements
Professional representation of the company and the trucking industry through responsible driving
Must possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License with Hazmat endorsement
Must possess a current DOT medical card
Must have the ability to read, write and perform simple mathematical calculations with mental ability to handle receipts, read maps, road signs, maintain logs, etc.
Must have working knowledge of vehicle safety and control systems
Must have knowledge of DOT regulations governing:
Hours of service
Inspection and maintenance
Transportation of hazardous materials
Must be available for around the clock trips, and must be able to be away from home for extended periods of time.
Must meet or exceed the medical standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation
Must satisfactorily pass a drug test
Must satisfactorily pass an alcohol test (if applicable)
Must be able to sit and remain alert while driving for up to 11 hours*
Must be able to shift manual transmission and operate food pedals
Must be able to perform occasional squatting to handle and position freight
Must be able to perform occasional crouching to handle and position freight
Must be able to enter and exit the vehicle cab 10 to 15 times per day
Cab floor level is generally from 36 to 66 inches above ground level
Entry and exit is achieved with the assistance of various configurations of steps and handholds
Occasional bending, twisting, climbing, squatting, crouching and balancing
Must be able to perform frequent pushing of freight weighing up to 500 pounds on a dolly or cart
Must be able to frequently carry freight weighing 1 pound to 100 pounds a distance from 1 foot to 36 feet.
Must be able to frequently reach for freight at waist level and occasionally reach for freight above shoulder height or below waist level.
Must be able to occasionally reach above shoulder level, at waist level and below waist level for maneuvering and directing the controls to operate the truck
Must be able to unload full trailers of freight weighing as much as 25,000 pounds
This could involve moving containers from floor level to carts, stacks, conveyors, or platforms , over four feet high
Balancing drums on their rims and rolling them into position
Stowing cartons or other merchandise overhead
This type of activity could precede or follow as much as 11 hours* of driving
Must be able to spend at least 45% of day standing and 45% of the day walking on surfaces such as concrete, wood , metal and on slippery and wet surfaces
Must be able to hook/unhook various commercial vehicle combinations
Manually lower and raise landing gear
Operate the fifth wheel release lever
Lock and release pintle-hooks
Open and close cargo doors
Climb into and out of vehicles
Drivers may spend 90% of time out-of-doors, exposed to potentially difficult environmental conditions
Drivers may be subject to irregular work schedules, temperature and weather extremes
Long trips, short notice
Tight delivery schedules
Stress and fatigue is caused by delays on routes and driving a large commercial motor vehicle on crowded streets
Drivers typically spend 90% of on-duty time in truck
While driving, operators are exposed to noise and vibration levels which may be higher than those typically experienced in passenger cars.
*Current statutory limits at time of creation of this document. Should statutory drive time limits change, the pertinent statements in this document would default to the statutory time limits in effect at the time of signing this document.