An ADS professional fleet driver is required to safely operate company equipment and provide the highest level of customer service in terms of delivery and customer management. A driver is responsible for inspecting, tracking and maintaining the maintenance of the unit that is assigned to him/her as well as any equipment being hauled. ADS drivers must maintain legal and accurate daily driver logs in regards to hours of service, ADS-related paperwork and driving best practices. Drivers receive work assignments based on their hours of availability. This position requires the flexibility to work any day of the week when driving hours are available as well as loaning driving services to other ADS facilities. Drivers report directly to the freight manager.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Safe operation of all company equipment
- Report BOL discrepancies
- Maintain proper communication with customer and freight manager
- Manage safe unloading at delivery destination and place product in customer’s desired location
- Maintain an accurate and legal driving log and communicate availability to fleet manager
- Timely reporting of all accidents, incidents or violations
- Ensure accuracy of delivered quantities and product types
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date daily paperwork (trip envelope, RMAs)
- Maintain high levels of personal appearance in the wearing of the company uniform
- Submit all company-related documents on a daily basis whenever possible
- Maintain vehicle cleanliness and operational capacity
- Travel to other ADS locations and provide support in the ADS loaner driver program
- Adhere to company and departmental policies
- Ensure loads are properly secured
- Perform pre-/post-trip inspections of all equipment
- Report equipment and payload problems/hazards
- Perform in-route inspection of all equipment
- Understand and practice ADS core values
- Job will have other responsibilities as assigned
A professional fleet driver must possess the following skills/knowledge:
- Must be able to read, write and perform simple mathematical calculations
- Must possess skills to handle receipts, read road maps, road signs, maintain driver logs, etc.
- Firm working knowledge of DOT regulations and freight requirements
- Complete knowledge of safe loading/unloading procedures for all ADS equipment and products
- Complete knowledge of all ADS finished goods
- Possess SAFE defensive driving skills
- Courteous/friendly/positive representation of ADS
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
A professional fleet driver must meet the following eligibility requirements at all times during his/her term of employment:
- Must possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) that is applicable for the type of commercial equipment being operated
- Must meet or exceed physical standards of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administrations (FMCSA) and ADS
- Must have an acceptable motor vehicle record from all states where prior licenses where held
- Must be at least 21 years of age (DOT requirement for interstate operation)
- Must satisfactorily pass all required drug tests
- Must pass ADS road test
- All potential new-hire candidates and current drivers within ADS are required to successfully pass the DOT driver medical qualifications and to also meet and/or exceed ADS physical job requirements. All medical examinations must be performed by an ADS-certified physician who is qualified to perform such physical examinations.
- Employee can be on the road at any time and must be able to work either days or nights.
- Employee will spend a significant amount of time driving and must be able to sit and remain alert while driving for an aggregated period of up to 11 hours.
- The same motions will be used repeatedly, so employee must be able to perform repetitive motion to include arms, legs and feet while driving.
- Employee will be sitting for an extended period of time and must be able to perform frequent squatting and crouching to handle, position and secure freight.
- The trucks will be high off the ground so the employee must be able to climb at least up to 13 feet.
- Must be able to enter and exit the vehicle’s cab as many as 45 times per day or more. Cab floor levels are generally from 36 to 66 inches above ground level, with entry and exit achieved with the assistance of various configurations of steps and handholds; also requires frequent bending, twisting, climbing, squatting, crouching and balancing.
- Must be able to perform the frequent pushing or rolling of freight weighing up to and/or creating a resistance force of more than 100 pounds, as well as the occasional pushing or rolling of freight weighing up to and/or creating a resistance force of more than 200 pounds with or without mechanical aid.
- Must be able to perform the frequent pulling or rolling of freight weighing up to and/or creating a resistance force of more than 100 pounds, as well as the occasional pulling or rolling of freight weighing up to and/or creating a resistance force of more than 200 pounds with or without mechanical aid.
- Must be able to perform the frequent carrying of freight weighing up to pounds lbs of varying shapes and sizes a distance of 20 feet but usually no more that 50 feet.
- Must be able to frequently reach for freight at waist level and frequently 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 both the tractor (power unit) and trailer.
- Must be able to frequently load and unload full or partial trailer loads of finished goods, raw materials and/or tooling. This could involve either the mechanical release or assisted pushing of product and materials that could weigh in excess of 800 pounds. This type of activity could precede or follow as much as 11 hours of driving.
- Must be able to install and remove tire chains when required by law and/or due to inclement weather.
- Must be able to spend at least 30 percent of the day standing and 30 percent of the day walking on surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, wood, metal, loose or packed dirt and sometimes slippery, wet and uneven surfaces.
- Must be able to hook/unhook various commercial vehicle combinations, manually lower and raise landing gear, operate fifth-wheel release lever, lock and release load securement straps, open and close cargo doors, climb into and out of vehicles, fuel vehicles and check engine and coolant levels.
- High school diploma or equivalent preferred
- Safe/defensive driving certification preferred
- 1-2 years OTR experience with reputable carrier
- At least 100,000 verifiable miles through former transportation-related employment
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