Published on 4/21/2017
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Ever thought about driving a concrete truck?
Concretebroker gives you the scoop on the five qualities you’ll need to succeed as an agitator driver
Have you got what it takes to be a real concrete truck agitator (agi) driver?
This is what you'll need if you're going to last the distance as an agi driver.
1. SOUND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Concrete truck drivers need to communicate with the concrete customer, their concrete plant batcher, pump operators, site escorts, spotters, concreter’s, concrete pumpers and construction managers everyday.
They are given directions on how to find a location, how to discharge their load and how the customer would like their concrete. Without good communication skills they are simply out of their depth.
2. ABILITY TO SLUMP A LOAD
You might think a batched load of concrete is computer programmed to within a millimetre of the slump required every time. Not so cowboy. Concrete loads are often all over the shop as trucks can miss water, aggregates or even cement when loading. The agitator driver needs to view the load carefully at the slump stand and ensure the load they are delivering corresponds to the slump highlighted on the customer docket. Water needs to be added accordingly to ensure the concrete is fit for purpose. Alternatively the truck needs to go back under the plant for additional materials. Either way the agi driver needs a good eye for the slump of concrete. Without it they may irritate more than their plant owner.
3. GOOD ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Time on site, time off site, water added, log books, rest breaks, pre start paper work. Fair dinkum an agi driver has to complete some paper work throughout their day. And their isn’t much room for error. One slip up with the paperwork could cost the plant a small fortune, and maybe even the agi driver their job. Good attention to detail is a must if your’e going to make it as an agitator driver.
4. EXCELLENT DRIVING SKILLS
Driving heavy laden concrete trucks around without spilling concrete and bumping into things on and off site isn’t actually that easy. In fact it can be down right difficult at times. Excellent driving skills are required to reverse in and out of tight spots, manoeuvre your agi on and off site, and drive to and from site in all weather conditions. Remember the average concrete agi truck isn’t exactly a sports car.
5. HARD WORK
A good agi driver isn’t afraid of hard work. Washing your truck to within an inch of it’s life, maintaining a consistent working routine, and being prepared to work long hours are all par for the course in the life of an agi driver. And guess what? No-one wants a slow agi driver. All this and more needs to be completed in real time.
Do you fit the bill? Like to reconsider becoming a concrete truck driver? If not stay tuned to www.concretebroker.com.au for more agi updates!
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