What Does a Dump Truck Driver Do?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

A dump truck driver has the job of operating and driving a dump truck. He usually hauls materials from point A to point B and dumps them at their end destination. Often, a person with this job does the hauling and dumping for a construction project, but he may be called on to haul materials for other companies as well. Sometimes the drivers also perform other tasks, such as helping to clear snow in the winter months.

Dump truck drivers may haul loads of dirt or stone to and from construction sites.
Dump truck drivers may haul loads of dirt or stone to and from construction sites.

Dump truck drivers are involved in the transportation of materials. A person with this job is often required to use machinery to load a dump truck, though he may have to load it manually as well. The company that hires a driver relies on him to handle the driving and operation of the dump truck efficiently and in accordance with his jurisdiction's laws for operating a motor vehicle. He is also supposed to know and observe standard safety practices when doing his job.

Dump truck drivers may be required to have a clean driving record.
Dump truck drivers may be required to have a clean driving record.

A dump truck driver may work for a trucking company, but individuals in this field don't always do so. Some dump truck drivers are employed by construction companies, and others work for municipal governments. Additionally, there are some drivers who are self-employed, own their own trucks, and offer their services to construction companies and other business who want to hire them on a project-by-project basis. A person who provides services in this manner is called a freelance driver.

A GED is typically sufficient for becoming a dump truck driver.
A GED is typically sufficient for becoming a dump truck driver.

In most cases, a dump truck driver performs his job on local roads. This is not a truck driving job that requires a person to spend a good deal of time on highways, and most dump trucks are not built for high-speed driving. A person in this field may make a number of trips to a construction site on a given day, and most of his work is performed on a job or construction site rather than on the road.

A person who wants to become a dump truck driver won't usually need a lot of education to land this job. Most employers are willing to hire individuals who have high school diplomas or general educational development diplomas (GEDs). This doesn't mean a driver gets started without any training, however. In many cases, a person who wants to pursue this field prepares by enrolling in a related course at a vocational school, and most jurisdictions require aspiring drivers to earn commercial driver's licenses as well. Additionally, a person who wants to pursue this career usually needs a clean driving record.

Individuals interested in dump truck driving typically have to complete commercial driving courses and pass an exam to become licensed.
Individuals interested in dump truck driving typically have to complete commercial driving courses and pass an exam to become licensed.
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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