Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Truck Driver (#20006473)

General Statement

Under supervision, operates and maintains light or heavy trucks, some of which may be equipped with power appliances.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Operates a wide variety of motor-driven vehicles and hauls supplies, tools, materials, equipment and employees to and from designated locations.
  • Operates power attachments and accessories on vehicles, including lift gate, power winch, snow plow, cutting deck, salt spreader or other equipment.
  • Makes minor repairs and adjustments, inspects assigned vehicle, attachments and accessories, and loads for safe operation in the field, keeps equipment clean and supplied with required lubricants, and keeps a maintenance record.
  • Connects trailers and other attachments, secures loads, and loads and unloads materials and equipment transported, as necessary to complete assignments.
  • Acts as safety person on site at locations requiring a safety man, and communicates with laborers and heavy equipment operators as necessary to safely assist in loading activities and traffic control situations.
  • Reviews and interprets rule books, equipment manuals and road maps.
  • Takes prompt corrective action as needed in response to emergency situations, such as: malfunctioning equipment, vehicular accidents, or disrupted operational processes.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with supervisors, laborers and other personnel to properly conduct, coordinate and carry out assignments.

Other Job Functions

  • Obtains materials and supplies from retail suppliers as directed.
  • Obtains and delivers mail, small parts, correspondence to and from the plant and field locations.
  • Communicates with engineers, dispatcher, treatment plant operators, and other work groups via radio, to coordinate related activities and relay messages/instructions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors and traffic.  May include working in all types of weather conditions throughout and outside the plant facility and collection system.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the operating characteristics of light to medium trucks with power accessories.
  • Considerable knowledge of the routine maintenance requirements of light automotive equipment.
  • Considerable knowledge of driving laws and regulations.
  • Ability to make minor repairs and adjustments to automotive equipment in the field.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Absolute Requirements

Possession of a valid Class A Commercial Drivers License, with endorsements for vehicles with air brakes, combination vehicles, hazardous materials and tanker vehicles.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

One year of experience driving a truck as a prime duty.


Successful completion of training in the operation of a truck at a recognized school may be substituted for the required experience on an hour-for-hour basis to a maximum of 320 hours (8 weeks).

Promotional Requirement

  • None

CLASS: 20006473; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 11/1/1999;