Heavy Haul Driver – Route Haul

Job Posted: October 19th, 2021

Location: Missoula, Montana, US

Job Category:  Sales

The Heavy Haul Route Driver delivers and picks up equipment and attachments to and from Western States locations on a defined route using a Class 8 truck with Step-Deck trailer.  Driver will cover long distances throughout Western States’ territory, maintains company truck and trailer for proper operating condition, and schedules necessary repairs. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 
•    Pickups and delivers equipment and attachments as assigned on defined route throughout Western States’ territory (interstate) on a timely and routine basis using a Class 8 truck with step-deck trailer. 
•    Determines most efficient route based on load weight, road, and traffic conditions.
•    Instructs customers on proper equipment use and safety procedures.
•    Builds customer relationships.  Sells Heavy Haul services to customers for pickup and delivery services to ensure loads are full.  Works with Heavy Haul Dispatcher to get customers needs scheduled.
•    Completes status updates using dispatching software, trip envelopes and bill of lading, as required.
•    Loads and unloads equipment onto trailer.  Follows all safety requirements to ensure equipment is secured properly.
•    Maintains a Driver’s Electronic Log Book as required by DOT regulations.
•    Follows DOT rules and regulations regarding oversize loads and permits.  Administers daily inspection requirements.   Meets all DOT driver qualifications rules and regulations.  Maintains current CDL. 
•    Completes documents for invoice closeout at the end of each haul.
•    Monitors trip permits, overweight and length permits.  Ensures proper documentation is on hand during haul.
•    Maintains company truck and trailer appearance and mechanical condition.  Schedules necessary repairs, washes and polishes as necessary.
•    Reports any delays due to breakdowns, weather or traffic conditions or other emergencies, or in the event of irregularities relating to pickup or delivery of equipment.
•    Reports all accidents and incidents involving drivers or company equipment.  Reports highway safety hazards noted in route.
•    Works irregular work schedule which includes overnight, long trips away from base location, short notice for assignment of trips, and tight delivery schedules. 
•    Route Driver will be away from base location a minimum of (3) nights per week.  Driver is expected to utilize sleeper while away from base location.
•    Adheres to all customer care standards.
•    Actively cares and advocates safety at Western States.  Adhere to all applicable safety policies, procedures and standards.
•    May accomplish training and serve as a team member in support of Western States’ strategic programs, projects, and initiatives.
•    Work within and promote corporate vision, mission, and values of the organization.
•    Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
•    Working knowledge of Caterpillar equipment and diesel trucks and trailers.
•    Knowledge of DOT legal requirements.
•    Knowledge of permitting oversized loads and routing.
•    Excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills required.
•    Knowledge and use of Microsoft computer products or other comparable systems required.
•    Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision required.
•    Ability to work overtime with minimal notice required.
•    Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.
•    Consistent attendance.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 
•    Proof of high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
•    One year Step-Deck & Lowboy experience delivering similar equipment; knowledge of permitting oversize loads and routing required. 
•    Knowledge of light construction equipment usage and operation & mechanical ability required.
•    Excellent driving record with current Class A - CDL license and DOT physical card required.
•    Must be able to communicate (speak, read, comprehend, write in English).       

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: 
•    Must be able to stand for long periods of time along with walking, sitting, climbing stairs, reaching pushing, pulling, leaning and twisting.
•    Must be able to lift 75 pounds.
•    Must be able to meet all safety requirements for applicable safety policies.

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