Learn how you can be part of a growing industry

As an independent dump truck driver, it can be overwhelming finding dump truck work. Many times you rely on companies that you’ve previously done business with to get jobs. If business starts to slow down, you may find yourself making endless calls or searching on job boards which ultimately may not lead to an ideal flow of work or income. The good news is that according to a recent report, “The U.S. dump truck service market is expected to grow significantly owing to the rise in the expenditure in the construction industry.” In this article we’ll show you how you can be a part of this industry growth as a truck driver.

How Current Industry Trends Affects Drivers

The current demand for dump truck services is high, as construction and infrastructure needs continue to rise. Dump trucks are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to the construction industry. They move materials to and from construction sites while conducting local and long-distance hauls. It is estimated that the competition in dump truck services will continue to grow with the rise of construction.

The use of GPS technology in dump trucks is also on the rise. This addition gives contractors and foremen control in tracking their materials, while also overseeing the loading and offloading. However, a supplementary benefit of using GPS technology is the ability to order dump trucks in real time. This gives contractors and drivers the ability to increase productivity and fulfillment of more jobs.

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Dump Truck Jobs and Truck Drivers Looking for Jobs

Driver Considerations

There are various steps that an individual must take before operating a dump truck and picking up their first job. This includes learning to operate a truck, obtaining one along with a commercial driver’s license, or CDLs.

Steps To Take Before Looking For Work

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATIONS

Typically, local departments of safety issue CDLs which are required to operate a dump truck in all of the U.S. The CDL exam will include a driving portion, so many complete local driving courses or truck driving school. Many truck driving schools provide job placement assistance, which may make it easier to transition into the world of dump truck work. As far as CDL licenses go, a Class B CDL is required to drive straight dump trucks that tow less than 10,000 pounds of Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). Class A CDLs allow you to tow more than 10,000 pounds of GVWR and are good for tractor trailer dump trucks. Some additional certifications that dump truck drivers get include “dump truck operations CBT certificate and dump truck tailgate removal and installation CBT certificate.” Many drivers also benefit from endorsements such as HAZMAT or passenger.

OBTAINING A TRUCK

When searching for a dump truck, consider models that are big and powerful enough to guarantee you different types of jobs. Like any vehicle, consider the advantages and disadvantages of buying new versus used dump trucks. Before purchasing a truck, review your credit information and finances. Will you be providing a down payment? Additionally, conduct research to get the proper amount of commercial insurance as well as the best rate for your coverage.

TAX INFORMATION

As an independent truck owner, or if you’re planning on starting your own dump truck business, you’ll need to get a tax ID or EIN. Find out more information by visiting the IRS website.

How to Get Dump Truck Work

BUILD YOUR CLIENTELE

One way to get dump truck work is to market yourself and find work by word-of-mouth, handing out fliers, and/or making calls. Much of this will depend on finding companies and local jobs that need dump trucks, so building connections and networking will be important. Become reliable and dependable for contractors so they continue to offer you jobs in the future. As an independent driver, you may need to make bids for jobs. To charge competitive rates and get jobs, find out quotes for various types of jobs and figure out fees and additional requirements to get the money you deserve.

TARGET YOUR LOCAL MARKET

Consider contacting local landscaping suppliers, builders, and transportation providers to get jobs such as hauling rocks, and dirt, as well as winter snow removal if you live in a state that gets snow.

GET A CONTRACT

Departments of Transportations (DOTs) offer government contracts to individuals and dump truck fleets. Many DOTs have a bidding process for construction projects, so check with your local DOT to find out more. Subcontracting is another way to gain experience with contract work without having to actually bid yourself.

JOIN DUMP TRUCK APPS AND JOB BOARDS

There are several job boards that post trucking jobs in local communities. Additionally, apps are revolutionizing the way in which truckers find jobs. Apps such as TRUX connect truckers, contractors, and material providers to build an efficient system for completing dump truck jobs.

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Why Use TRUX

TRUCKER SOLUTIONS

Finally, you’re in the driver’s seat

Driving dump trucks has always been a challenging way to make a living. Constantly scuffling to find more work. Unpredictable schedules. Unscrupulous contractors. Getting undercut by lowball competitors. Chasing overdue payments. Keeping up with the paperwork and bills.

TRUX is here to help you make dump truck driving more rewarding, more professional – and a lot easier to love.

  • Get more work
  • Get paid faster
  • Save big on stuff like supplies and dump truck insurance
  • Earn valuable rewards as you drive

Climb into the cab, dump truck drivers. Finally, you’re in the driver’s seat.

WORK MORE

Stay as busy as you want to be

Tired of chasing new jobs 24/7? Relax, you don’t have to anymore. TRUX brings the dump truck driving jobs directly to you – right on your mobile phone.

The TRUX app sends you notifications whenever jobs are available – and when you’re specifically requested by a contractor. All you need to do is accept the job, punch-in, and punch-out. Boom!

No more searching around for work. No more dump truck downtime. No more adding up time slips or sending invoices. We even autofill most of the certified payroll form for you, so all you need to do is review, e-sign, and click “submit.”

A week later, you get paid – right on time, every time.

Use TRUX to find more work and you’ll never find yourself wondering where your next job is going to come from.

SAVE MORE

Driving a dump truck just got a lot more rewarding

Being a successful dump truck driver is not just about what you earn – it’s about keeping costs down. Every buck you save on your expenses puts more money back in your pocket.

Saving truckers money is the point of our comprehensive TRUX Chrome program. It includes:

  • The TRUX Buyer’s Club that leverages the group-buying power of TRUX drivers to help you save big on dump truck maintenance, insurance, towing, parts, filters, and more.
  • TRUX Bucks: when you take jobs in the app, you earn TRUX Bucks right in your paycheck. No points, no games, just dollars. The more you do, the more you earn.

When you sign up with TRUX, you’re automatically enrolled in our TRUX Chrome program. So let the savings begin!

CONNECT MORE

We’re building a growing community of top dump truck drivers

Dump truck driving has traditionally been a solitary profession. And while dump truck drivers cherish independence, you could really benefit from more opportunities to connect with your fellow drivers.

That’s why TRUX provides an online forum for dump truck drivers to share knowledge, ideas, and experiences. Just tap the button to:

  • Discuss issues and opportunities
  • Ask questions to your peers
  • Share information on weather, road conditions, and traffic
  • Take surveys to gain insights

Sure, you’re still a lone eagle. But when top dump truck drivers band together, the entire profession benefits. And TRUX is the best way for dump truck drivers to connect more.

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