Dump Truck Experience?

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Matthew D.'s Comment
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My question is how in the heck do you get dump truck experience if no one will hire you without dump truck experience? I've driver beet trucks and box trucks when I was younger. Then decided to get back into driving and went to Sage trucking school in NC. Been driving a propane truck for over a year now, complete with hazmat and tanker endorsements. I want to get into dump trucks but cannot get a sniff because I don't have any dump truck experience. It is extremely frustrating. TIA


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Delco Dave's Comment
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Sorry I dont have a solution but I feel your frustration. I was going to go through a school for a class B and hopefully drive tri-axle dumps until I found out that no one will hire you without at least 6 months of on road experience with a class A or B here in the Philly area. Similar scenario so I scratched the idea and will be going for company CDL A training

Guess most of those guys either gained the trust of their employer and were promoted and trained from within or were OTR drivers who didnt want a local class A job


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jay F.'s Comment
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Gotta keep trying. Here in Charlotte it’s doable. I drive a cement mixer, and hsd zero experience. I had an interview for driving a dump truck but decided to stay with the mixer for now. I think it depends on your area and demand. Here in Charlotte we can’t get drivers.

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