A dump truck driver operates heavy, over-the-road trucks that typically haul raw materials and resources from quarries and mines to construction or storage facilities. The large trucks associated with this job either dump their loads from the back, side, or - on the largest trucks - from underneath (belly dump trucks).
Drivers are required to maintain detailed logs on the substance(s) being hauled and their weight, and they must have that information available for inspection at all times. Additionally, these drivers are expected to do regular safety checks of their vehicles, normally in the form of walk-around visual inspections. The truck drivers are normally given a route and expected to follow it. This allows deliveries to be executed on schedule and ensures that the driver uses only roads that permit heavy truck operation. Additionally, dump truck drivers are expected to follow all safety regulations for the operation of their vehicle both at the job site and at delivery locations. They are expected to do all they can to maintain the uncontaminated state of their product through the hauling process and delivery.
Dump truck drivers must possess any certification required by their state to operate these heavy vehicles; this certification normally involves more extensive testing and specialized knowledge than a standard operator’s or chauffeur’s license. A high school diploma or equivalent may be required for insurance regulations. The possession of a clean driving record may also be required by individual employers.
Truck Driver Dump Tasks
- Keep accurate driving log and may be responsible for general truck maintenance.
- Transport, deliver and pickup goods or equipment by heavy truck.