The typical questions people have about how to become a van operator usually include such things as how to qualify for your commercial driver’s license (CDL) and whether you need to pass a health exam.
To answer the first question, a CDL is issued by the state you reside in. In order to qualify you must pass both written and driving tests.
With regard to your health, van operators must carry a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical card signed by a licensed physician. This states that the operator has the stamina and is healthy enough to operate their vehicle and perform their job duties without problems.
And while these are two somewhat basic but important things, what you shouldn’t ignore when making this career decision is whether being a van operator is a good fit for you.
Here are some characteristics you’ll need to be successful:
Self-motivated. As a van operator, you are unsupervised and deadlines must be met. You need to be self-motivated to do what it takes to meet those deadlines.
Good with business. Many van operators are owner/operators. That means they must be good at managing money including paying the bills for fuel, lodging, labor, workmen’s comp and insurance. (If you are hired as a company driver, Suddath manages these expenses for you.)
Committed to being out on the road for long periods of time. During the busiest times of the year, van operators are away from home for months at a time. Other times, you might be away 2-3 weeks and back for a couple of days.
Customer-oriented. Suddath is committed to making our customers’ moves as smooth and worry-free as possible. Our van operators understand that people are entrusting their most precious belongings to us. It’s important to have good people skills, patience and be able to make customers feel comfortable and at ease.
Flexible. You never know what is going to happen on the road and during a move. From furniture not fitting through a doorway or into a room to road closures and all kinds of situations. Things don’t always turn out the way you think they will, so you need to be a good problem solver and easily adapt to changing situations.
If you see these characteristics in yourself and are excited by the prospect of a lucrative career that never gets boring and allows you to travel and explore the country, being a van operator might just be the perfect career choice for you.
For more information on becoming a Suddath Van Operator please call 1.888.768.3056 or visit suddath.com