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Estes Express Lines Driver Trainee (Dock) in Kansas City, Kansas

Job Summary:

  • Safely handle and maneuver tractor/trailers and other large equipment to facilitate the loading and unloading operations in the yard

  • Properly cube, load and unload freight using a forklift, pallet jack, hand truck or by hand

  • Strap, brace and secure freight to prevent damage or shifting

  • Responsible for accurately recording the condition of freight as it arrives at the terminal

  • Perform pre-shift and post-shift inspections of the yard and dock equipment

  • Accurately set up, break down and hook trailers safely

  • Ensure all pup trailers have tilt bar to be lowered prior to loading of freight

  • Raise and lower landing gear

  • Monitor yard for unsafe drivers and non-employees; report to management

  • Work in outdoor weather conditions

  • Promptly report all maintenance problems to Fleet Services and/or supervision

  • Work the dock a minimum of five hours per week in addition to work in the yard as a jockey/hostler

  • Scan the Kronos clock and indicate dock versus jockey time for tracking purposes

  • Regular attendance is required.

  • This is not an all-inclusive list of job requirements and/or duties and may not contain all mental and physical capabilities necessary to perform the job at all times due to circumstances. Operational, safety and other needs may require the employee to perform any and all other duties as assigned. Employees are expected, and must be able to perform all such duties and tasks.


  • High School Diploma or General Educational Degree (GED), or any combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background

  • Must be able to handle the duties assigned for the driver trainee program

  • Must be 21 years of age required per FMCSA regulations

  • Must have an outstanding performance record with Estes (not limited to, but in no instance should there be a final written warning within the previous 90 day period or show a pattern or progression of continued disciplinary action)

  • Must have and maintain an acceptable MVR. Disqualifying offenses can include (but are not limited to) DUI, DWI, possession of narcotics/controlled substances, reckless driving, etc.

  • Must gave a valid drivers’ license and willing to obtain a CDL Learners permit when notified he/she has been accepted to driving school

  • Once selected for driving school, must be registered with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

  • Once approved by Safety as a qualified driver, must reside within 75 miles of the domiciled terminal and/or work assignment

  • Must meet the minimum physical qualifications for a driver position

  • Ability to operate a forklift (minimum 7,500 lb. vehicle)

  • Must be able to push or pull a loaded pallet jack and/or hand truck with a minimum load of 70 lbs.

  • Physical activities include: standing, lifting, twisting, turning, climbing a ladder, etc.

  • Night / weekend shifts may be required

  • Must pass the FMCSA physical before attending driving school

  • Must pass a FMCSA pre-employment drug screen before attending driving school

  • Must agree to the driving school agreement

  • Must enroll in the next available Estes sponsored driving school for the respective region

  • Must be familiar with state motor vehicle laws and FMCSA rules and regulations

  • Ability to meet the FMCSA’s requirements to speak and read English

  • Must be able to lift approximately 70 lbs., or more if required by the essential functions of the job

  • Must be able to comply with all company policies, rules, procedures and Code of Conduct

  • Must be able to interact well with others

  • Must be able to work independently, or in a team setting

  • Must be capable of working under tight time constraints in a high volume environment with multiple priorities

  • Responds well to questions; Ability to read, interpret and comply with written information and documents such as safety rules, operations / procedure manuals and maintenance instructions with a high comprehension and concentration level to include the ability to meet deadlines

  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, random drug and/or alcohol tests, and will be subject to a criminal history background check

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to lift and/or move a minimum of 70 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to lift, twist, turn, and may climb. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and climb or balance.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee may be required to work in high/precarious places, with hazardous materials, and in various weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet to loud as required by the essential functions of the job.

Race, Color, Ethnicity, Religion, Age, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Disability, Marital or Veteran Status, Place of National Origin and Other Categories protected by law are not factors in employment, promotion, compensation or working conditions. The information in this application may be used and prior employers will be contacted for the purpose of investigating the applicant's safety and performance history information as required by 391.23 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If your employment in the preceding three years has been regulated by the Department of Transportation, you have the following rights: the right to review information provided by previous employers; the right to have errors in the information corrected by the previous employer and for that employer to re-send the corrected information to Estes Express Lines; and the right to have a rebuttal statement attached to the alleged erroneous information, if the previous employer and the driver cannot agree on the accuracy of the information. If you wish to review the previous employer-provided investigative information, you must submit a written request to Estes Express Lines no later than 30 days after being employed or being notified of denial of employment.

Pay Range: $25.35 - $27.85 / hour