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Dock to Driver Program

Dock Worker

Yellow’s dock to driver program starts on our dock where you work and learn dock operations, forklift training, and loading and unloading trailers.  Then, Yellow trains individuals at the Yellow Truck Driving Academies.  Yellow’s training programs are a US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program.  Academy classes meet 8-hours a day, 5-days a week for 4 weeks. While at the Driving Academy, students earn a wage and travel is paid to the academy site, if over an hour from home. After successful completion of the Driving Academy, students test for a Class A CDL with Hazmat, Tanker, and Doubles/Triples endorsements. 


The Yellow Driving Academies teach students skills to be the one of the safest drivers on the road.  Our instructors, many with a million miles or more of safe driving experience, actively engage all students in the classroom, in the practice yard, and on the road. By joining Yellow, you attend our Best in Class Truck Driving Academy/Apprenticeship and enter a fulfilling, dynamic occupation. 


Paid training is at $17.50 per hour. Once you receive your Class A CDL you will increase significantly to a qualified driver’s pay.


Once a student successfully completes the Yellow Driving Academy, they are trained at their home terminal for another 4 weeks. Once they are signed off to drive solo, their responsibilities include: 

  • Operating a tractor-trailer (single, double, or triple trailer combination) in various driving environments and weather conditions between company facilities
  • Driving for extended periods of time
  • Maintaining truck electronic logging device (ELD) logs according to state and federal regulations
  • Performing Pre-trip and post-trip inspections of tractor/trailer(s) and En Route inspections with authorities
  • Dropping and hooking trailer(s) and changing equipment configurations as needed



  1. Comply with all company policies local work and safety rules, and federal, state, and local regulations that govern the industry.
  2. Follow company procedures for properly and safely loading and unloading freight. Safely operate an industrial powered forklift to load and unload freight.
  3. Take and verify dispatch instructions.
  4. Operate a tractor-trailer combination (single, double, or triple trailer combination) in urban, suburban, and rural environments and in all types of weather conditions between company facilities and various customers.
  5. Drive truck to transport materials in liquid or packaged form to and from specified destinations, such as railroad stations, plants, residences, offices, or within industrial yards. Verify load against shipping papers. Drive truck to specified destination, applying knowledge of commercial driving regulations and roads in area. Prepare receipt for load picked up. Collect payment for goods delivered and for delivery charges.
  6. Load and unload freight in varying weather conditions at the company and customer facilities, using the same procedures and techniques as a Dock Worker.
  7. Safe operation of equipment and on-time movement of shipments between company locations and customers, meeting established run times and schedules.
  8. Drop and hook trailer(s) and change the configuration of equipment, as necessary. Connect air hoses and electrical lines, install, and remove tire chains, and manually crank dolly wheels.
  9. When hauling hazardous material, verify the hazardous material product description, determine any discrepancies in the paperwork, and verify proper placarding.
  10. Conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections. Inspect the operating condition of the tractor and trailer(s) before and after trip, and when stopped enroute. Take responsibility for reasonable and customary care for the security of equipment.
  11. May maintain truck electronic logging device (ELD) logs according to state and federal regulations. May maintain telephone or radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions. May inspect truck equipment as supplies, such as tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil, and water. May perform emergency roadside repairs, such as changing tires, installing light bulbs, fuses, and tire chains.



  1. Must be age 21 or older.
  2. Possess a valid Class A CDL Permit.
  3. Consent to and complete a DOT drug test and background check.
  4. TSA background check with fingerprints.
  5. Must have graduated from company-approved training program.
  6. Must have a current motor vehicle report (MVR) that represents a history of safe operation.
  7. Must have the ability to read, write and speak English sufficiently to converse with the general public, understand highway and traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, read a bill of lading, and make accurate entries in daily driving log.
  8. Ability to work various shifts and days of the week.



Environmental working conditions vary, and employee may encounter vibration, noise, odors, and extremes in temperature and wind as well as exposure to varied weather, varied surfaces, varied lighting and confined and congested areas and occasional exposure to petroleum-based products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, oil, and grease.



  1. Must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) physical requirements.
  2. Ability to stand, sit, walk, and maintain balance for extensive periods of time.
  3. Ability to push/pull/lift up to 75 pounds frequently, greater than 100 pounds occasionally.
  4. Ability to climb ladders on the tractor and/or trailer(s) and frequently enter and exit the tractor cab.
  5. Ability to perform repetitive tasks; stretch, turn, twist, and reach overhead; bend, crouch, squat, kneel and stoop for extensive periods of time.
  6. Ability to operate industrial powered forklift, dolly, hand truck, pallet truck, carts, and other equipment necessary for loading and unloading freight.


Yellow Corporation, along with all subsidiary companies, are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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