Career Story: Truck Fleet Manager For A Utilities Contractor

Truck Fleet Manager For A Utilities Contractor

Job Title: Fleet Manager

Education: None

Previous Experience: I began work in the automotive industry as a database technician with a large parts distribution company, and then worked my way up to diesel compliance administration and a parts number interchanger for the same company.

Job Tasks: The company I work for has a large number of heavy duty trucks and equipment that are used for the placement of underground utilities, such as burried telephone and electric cables, as well as gas pipelines. The company contracts for major utitlity companies.

My job is to keep maintance records, such as oil changes and repairs that have been completed on the vehicles, as well as ensuring that the licensing, insurance, and Department of Transportation requirements are met on these vehicles. I report to the Operations Manager of the company and work hand in hand with the Repair Shop (garage) General Foreman.

My typical tasks include databasing all of the vehicles in the fleet of trucks and equipment. This database includes every part or service that is performed on the vehicle, the licence tag number, vehicle identification number, year, make, model, operator name, and operation location (job site). I order parts regularly for the vehicles, and work closely with the company's repair shop mechanics to ensure that repairs are effectively completed. I also use a spreadsheet to track the trends in breakdown of vehicles, fuel mileage, and taxes that are paid on vehicles, based upon the type of equipment. Additionally, I negotiate prices with parts dealers and service providers to obtain the lowest price on the best parts and service.

With a surplus of nine hundred pieces of equipment and vehicles, this career is fast paced and ninety percent of the daily job consists of essential tasks. This job consists of minimal administrative tasks. The administrative tasks include preparing reports monthly about the quality and problems with the fleet, and reporting these items to the president and vice president of the company.

This is a great career for someone who is technically minded, can multi-task, has great interpersonal skills, and does not desire travel to complete job tasks.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is learning new, innovative changes with vehicles today and interacting with a large variety of companies that are great to work with. The worst part of the job is the often fast paced and high stress demands when you have an essential piece of machinery that has broken down and needs to be repaired immediately.

Job Tips: The best advice to offer to someone who is looking to enter into the Fleet Management field are as follows:

1. Educate yourself as much as possible about the basic mechanical components of vehicles.

2. Take as many classes as possible on computer databasing and spreadsheet usage.

3. Become proficient in the motor vehicle laws and regulations in your state as well as your city.

4. Be prepared to work long hours in an industrial environment.

5. This job invloves a lot of negotiation and communication skills, a public speaking class can help you to better communicate.

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