How to Become a FedEx Driver

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While delivery drivers don't require a trucker's certification, a person who wants to become a FedEx driver with a long haul route needs a valid CDL license. Fedex drivers transport goods from one location to another. Some drivers are long-haul drivers who operate trucks with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds per gross vehicle weight. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers such as FedEx drivers is $37,770 per year.[1]


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Education High school diploma[1]
Starting pay $25,110 per year [2]
Median pay $37,770 per year[1]
10 yr growth Faster than average[1]
Related professions Bus driver, truck driver, delivery driver
Author Tammy Feeney
 

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Fedex Driver Job Overview

Fedex drivers pick up and deliver freight between service centers and customers. They may offer courier service by delivering letters, delivery service by delivering packages, or support services by transporting freight to distribution centers. The job duties of a FedEx driver typically involve:

  • Driving a tractor-trailer or a straight truck[3]
  • Inspecting vehicles for safety before and after trips
  • Using equipment such as pallet jacks and forklifts to handle freight
  • Learning hazardous material regulations and complying with them
  • Following instructions and directors provided by truck dispatchers[4]
  • Providing customer service upon delivery

Types of FedEx Drivers

FedEx drivers may be hired to perform several jobs. Some FedEx drivers work strictly in consumer package delivery. These drivers provide package delivery to customers' homes and businesses. Other FedEx drivers deliver certified letters or urgent documents.[5] Long road FedEx drivers may operate tractor-trailers and deliver heavy freight to distribution centers. The company also hires owner operators who want to use their trucks as independent contractors.[6]

Fedex Driver Education

While FedEx does not require its drivers to have college degrees, they do need basic math skills such as a knowledge of how to count and do simple arithmetic. FedEx drivers also need basic communication skills and the ability to sit and stand for long periods of time.[4]

FedEx requires that each driver possess a class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). In addition, FedEx drivers must obtain additional CDL endorsements, including double/triple, hazardous materials, and tank endorsements. Drivers must complete special CDL training programs in order to earn these endorsements.[3]

Fedex Driver Training

Like many freight companies, FedEx offers on-the-job training for new drivers. After hiring, FedEx drivers learn how to do company-specific tasks, such as how to operate the company's electronic package delivery system and how to take customer payments. Drivers must also learn their specific routes and the best way to reach delivery addresses. Drivers must also renew their driving skills on a regular basis through the FedEx Freight Driver Development Course. [7]

FedEx Freight Driver Jobs

Working as a FedEx freight driver

Also See: How to Become a Bus Driver, How to Become a Truck Driver, How to Become a Chauffeur, How to Become an Owner Operator, How to Become an Auto Mechanic, How to Become a Mechanic, How to Become a FedEx Delivery Driver

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm
  2. http://bls.gov/oes/current/oes533032.htm
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://fedex.hodesiq.com/careers/job_detail.aspx?User_ID=&FedexID=854259&Locale=en
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://fedex.hodesiq.com/careers/job_detail.aspx?User_ID=&FedexID=854253&Locale=en
  5. http://fedex.hodesiq.com/careers/aot_detail.aspx?Locale=en&aot=Courier&User_ID=
  6. http://www.fedex.com/us/indp/independentcontractors.html?&Locale=en
  7. http://fedexfreight.jobs/roseville-mn/driver-development-instructor/42743120/job/