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Autonomous Vehicle Operator (Driver) CDL A



Springdale, AR, USA
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2024

As an Autonomous Vehicle Operator, you will safely operate vehicles for on-time in route customer deliveries. We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter to help us test and improve the performance of our driverless 35-foot-long trucks in running routes to transport dry and refrigerated cargo, obtain data, and fix technical issues. You'll be a valuable contributor by providing necessary feedback to engineering teams aimed at improving our groundbreaking automated driving technology while meeting customer’s product delivery needs.

This role is onsite in Springdale, Arkansas. Also, a drug test will be required to be considered for this position.

What you'll do:

  • Ensure operation of class 7 (Greater than 26,001 pound GVWR, with air brakes) delivery vehicles, in both autonomous and manual modes while keeping other drivers & operators, the public and the vehicle safe
  • Manually drive the vehicles before moving toward autonomous operations
  • Act as an ambassador for the company for the clients
  • Ensure vehicles arrive at pick-up and drop-off locations on time and the integrity of goods is retained on each journey
  • Assist with loading and unloading of customer goods using equipment such as pallet jacks, carts, dollies, lift gates, etc.
  • Update the dispatch team on the status of shift and route
  • Record and review data via spreadsheets and other business-related applications
  • Ensure the operation and safety of trucks by daily routine checks (monitoring fluid levels, checking tire pressure, hose connections, etc.)
  • Perform ad-hoc projects such as truck delivery to new locations, testing and/or installing new equipment, etc.
  • Provide feedback to Operations and Engineering teams on vehicle processes and performance
  • Collaborate with teams to follow collection and drop-off procedures on each journey

What we're looking for:

  • Valid Class A (CDL) driver's license along with a clean driving record
  • Clean background check, drug screen and motor vehicle record
  • Customer relationship management experience
  • Ability to operate straight trucks with up to 26-35in long (box trucks)
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours on both weekdays and weekends
  • Ability to be meticulous, organized, and proactive
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Good mechanical aptitude and basic mechanical skills
  • Prior automotive technician experience (preferred)
  • Working Conditions: Due to the nature of the position and daily inspections of the vehicle, this job often requires physical work including, but not limited to, bending, stooping, and various operation tasks that may require lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs., and climbing a ladder

Physical Requirements

Must be able to perform extensive driving and materials handling including but not limited to:

  • Safely operate a class 6 box truck in all weather conditions, during daytime or nighttime, throughout a 12 hour shift;
  • Able to move, lift and carry boxes one-by-one to a customer site from the truck of up to 50 lbs (23 kg) regularly, and - on occasion - to manipulate up to 100 lbs (46 kg);
  • Bend and twist while carrying materials; to reach, kneel, squat and stoop to position or reach materials;
  • Able to use wheel chocks which weigh about 40 lbs (20 kg);
  • Operate and maneuver, including push and pull movements, skids or palletized loads of up to 2000 lbs (910 kg) using provided pallet jack;
  • Use repetitive motions throughout the shift including lifting, pulling, pushing, bending, squatting and reaching.
  • Wear personal protective equipment, including safety shoes, hard hard and gloves.
Who we are:
Founded in 2017, Gatik is the leader in autonomous middle mile logistics. We deliver goods safely and efficiently using medium duty trucks with a focus on short-haul, B2B logistics for Fortune 500 customers such as Walmart and Loblaw. Gatik enables our customers to optimize their hub-and-spoke operations, enhance service levels and product flow across multiple locations while reducing labor costs and meeting an unprecedented expectation for faster deliveries.
More about Gatik:
With headquarters in Mountain View, CA and offices in Canada, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, Gatik is establishing new standards of success for the autonomous trucking industry every day. Visit us at Gatik for more company information and Jobs @ Gatik for more open roles.
Gatik News:
  • America’s Best Startup Employers of 2022
  • Gatik has been named as a 2023 FreightTech 25 winner!
  • Gatik and Walmart Achieve Fully Driverless Deliveries in 2021
  • 50 List of Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Companies of 2021
  • Gatik and Loblaw achieve First Fully Driverless Deployment in Canada in 2022
  • Gatik CEO Gautam Narang was Named Among the Most Exceptional Entrepreneurs of 2022
  • Co-founder and Chief Engineer, Apeksha Kumavat, Recognized on the Inc. 2022 Female Founders 100 List
Taking care of our team:
At Gatik, we connect people of extraordinary talent and experience to an opportunity to create a more resilient supply chain and contribute to our environment’s sustainability. We are diverse in our backgrounds and perspectives yet united by a bold vision and shared commitment to our values. Our culture emphasizes the importance of collaboration, respect and agility.
We at Gatik strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels they have opportunities to succeed and grow because we know that together we can do great things. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse team. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.