Dump trucks are vital to construction projects. They are responsible for hauling goods such as gravel, sand, and other materials to and from construction sites.
Unlike many other trucking jobs, many dump truck drivers can operate their vehicle with a CDL-B license. Some dump trucks, however, are larger and require a CDL-A license.
Dump Truck Driver Job Description and Requirements
Here is a basic description of a dump truck driver job. This description may vary by employer and the job you are applying for.
Some of the most common duties include:
- Safely haul various types materials between sites as instructed
- Perform daily truck inspections to ensure the equipment is in good working order
- Grease truck every 5,000 miles
- Properly load vehicle and comply with legal loading regulations and weight restrictions
- Maintain contact with dispatch via radio or telephone
- Log hours worked accurately as per federal, state, and company regulations
- Pull levers and/or turn crank to tilt body of the truck and dump contents in an area as directed
- Use foot and hand controls to move the vehicle back and forth and loosen materials from the bed of the truck. May also need to attach tailgate chains to assist in spreading materials.
- Safely navigate busy construction sites
- Report accident, injury, and other issues to management
- Review shipping documents to ensure all information about the load is accurate
Dump Truck Driver Requirements and Competencies
- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Possess a valid CDL-B license (some companies may require you to have a CDL-A)
- Have a clean driving record
- Possess customer service skills
- Have effective communication skills
- Possess problem-solving skills
- Possess working knowledge of construction sites, road safety regulation, and construction site safety
A career as a dump truck driver is a great opportunity you can pursue with a CDL-B license. If you’re looking for more information about careers in trucking, read up on what it’s like to be an entry-level CDL-A truck driver here.