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Commercial Bobtail Driver, Propane

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
National Propane Gas Association
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

33 skill sets | 33 total skills
Follow all safety policies and regulations.
Obtain the necessary license and meet DOT requirements necessary to operate a commercial vehicle with a tanker and hazmat endorsement.
Perform tests and inspections that are unique to the type of equipment being operated.
Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
Inspect and maintain vehicle supplies and equipment, such as fuel, oil, water, tires, lights, or brakes, to ensure that vehicles are in proper working condition.
Follow appropriate safety procedures for hazardous materials.
Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
Maintain logs of working hours, vehicle service, and repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
Secure cargo tank to vehicle.
Maneuver trucks into loading or unloading positions.
Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
Obtain receipts and/or signatures for delivered goods and collect payment for services when required by employer.
Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons to transport and deliver bulk products.
Check all load-related documentation for completeness and accuracy.
Read shipping papers to determine assignment details.
Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
Drive trucks along routes in compliance with state regulations.
Perform basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fuel, or radiator fluid or performing minor repairs.
Read and interpret maps to determine vehicle routes.
Operate equipment, such as truck cab computers, phones, and global positioning systems (GPS), and other navigation devices safely and according to applicable regulations to exchange necessary information with bases, supervisors, or other drivers.
Plan or adjust routes based on changing conditions using computer equipment, global positioning systems (GPS) or other navigation devices.
Load or unload trucks, using special loading-related equipment, or other equipment as necessary including pumps and compressors.
Follow special cargo-related procedures related to bulk propane deliveries.
Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions.
Install or remove special equipment, such as tire chains.
Perform emergency roadside repairs, such as changing tires, installing light bulbs, or replacing fuses.
Operate trucks in inclement weather like rain and snowy conditions.
Obey traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.
Turn in receipts and required paper work from deliveries.
Verify the contents of inventory loads against shipping papers.
Use and maintain the tools or equipment found on commercial vehicles.
Present bills, bill of lading, and receipts and collect payments for goods delivered or loaded.
Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations to bases or other vehicles, using telephones or mobile two-way radios.

Technical Instruction

Basic Principles and Practices of Propane
Organizations that Influence, Publish or Enforce Codes and Standards
Introduction to Basic Principles and Practices of Propane
Propane Customer Applications and Customer Service
Sources and Physical Properties of Propane
Odorants and Service Interruptions
Complete and Incomplete Combustion Characteristics
DOT Cylinders, Propane Piping, and Residential Systems
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Regulations
Updated or New Federal, State, and Local Regulations and Policies
Initial OSHA/DOT Training
Introduction to OSHA and DOT Training
OSHA Hazard Communication
DOT General Awareness HAZMAT Training
Emergency Response
Loading and Unloading
CMV Driver Requirements
Vehicle Inspection
Cylinder Safety
Materials of Trade
Introduction to Bobtail Delivery Operations
DOT Licensing and Driving Requirements
DOT Driver Qualifications
Commercial Motor Vehicle Definition
Personal Qualifications
Documentation Requirements
Other Requirements
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Information
CDL Classifications
CDL Endorsements
Hazardous Materials Endorsement
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Drug and Alcohol Restrictions
Post-accident Drug and Alcohol Testing
Vehicle Inspections, Identification, and Maintenance
Vehicle Inspections and Maintenance
Preparing for Inspections
Types of Inspections
Types of Daily Inspections
Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
Pre-Trip Inspection Requirements
Post-Trip Inspection Requirements
Annual/Periodic Inspections and Maintenance
Vehicle Identification Requirements
Verifying Proper Vehicle Identification
Bobtail Identification Requirements
Bobtail Placards
Placarding Methods
Bobtail Product Shipping Name
Bobtail Data Plates
Vehicle Documentation Requirements
Shipping Papers
Emergency Response Information
Complying with Emergency Response
Information Requirements
Hazmat Certificate of Registration
Documentation Requirements
Safely Handling Hazardous Materials
Methanol and Other Flammable Liquids
Commonly Used Flammable Liquids
Hazards of Methanol
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Indoor Storage Requirements
Outdoor Storage Requirements
Labeling Storage Containers
Transferring Flammable Liquids
Transferring Flammable Liquids as Materials of Trade
Other Flammable Liquids
Verifying Propane Odorization
Propane Odorization Requirements
The Sniff Test
Handling Unodorized Propane
Out-of-Gas Calls and Leak Checks
Potential Causes of an Interruption of Service
Minimizing Out-of-Gas Calls
Handling Out-of-Gas Situations
Handling Out-of-Gas Situations: Appliance Access
Handling Out-of-Gas Situations: No Appliance Access
Leak Check
Performing a Leak Check
Appliances with 100% Safety Shutoff Valves
Appliances Without 100% Safety Shutoff Valves
Leak Check Instruments
Leak Check Methods
Using a Manometer
Performing a Leak Check Using a Manometer
Using a Test-Block Gauge
Performing a Leak Check Using a Test-Block Gauge
Using a High-Pressure Gauge
Performing a Leak Check Using a High-Pressure Gauge
Discovering a Leak
Restoring Gas Appliance to Service
Lighting Appliance Pilots
Lighting a Standing Pilot
Restoring Service
Steps for Lighting Pilots Without Pilot Safety Devices
Steps for Starting Up Electronic Control Ignition Systems
Driving Defensively and Handling Accidents and Emergencies
Driving Defensively
Safe Driving Practices
Defensive Driving Tips
Maintaining Vehicle Control
High Center of Gravity
Load and Suspension Shifts
Tire Condition
Re-inflating Tires
Blind Spots
Weather and Road Conditions
Control of Your Vehicle/Rollover Awareness
Preventing Collisions
Selecting the Safest Delivery Route and Protecting Property
Routing CMVs and Protecting Property
Routing Bobtails
Railroad Crossings
Bridges and Culvert Crossings on Customer Property
Protecting Landscaping and Structures
Handling Accidents and Emergencies
When Accidents and Emergencies Happen
Handling Accidents with No Propane Leak: Take Initial Precautions
Handling Accidents with No Propane Leak: Ensure Safe Conditions
Handling Emergencies with a Propane Leak
Fire Extinguishers
Non-Propane Fire Control Actions
Accidents and Emergencies
Hazard Warning Signal Flashers
Warning Devices
Warning Devices: Additional Guidelines
DOT Notification Requirements
Reporting Accident/Incident Details to Your Company
Parking, Servicing, and Security
Parking and Servicing Requirements
Parking Indoors at Public Garages or Buildings
Parking Indoors at Non-Public Buildings
Parking Outdoors
Servicing Cargo Tanks and Piping Systems
Servicing the Engine/Chassis in a Public Garage – Vehicle Attended
Servicing the Engine/Chassis in a Public Garage – Vehicle Unattended
Servicing the Engine/Chassis in a Non-Public Building
Servicing Requirements
Security of Propane Delivery Vehicles
Importance of Vehicle Security
Attending Your Vehicle
Security Training and Communications
Bobtail Equipment and Systems
Cargo Tank and Connections
Common Bobtail Equipment and Systems
Different Bobtail Equipment and Systems
Cargo Tank
Data Plate
Gauges, Valves, and Connections
Fixed Maximum Liquid Level Gauge
Float Gauge
Rotary Gauge
Temperature and Pressure Gauges
The Importance of Understanding Cargo Tank Gauges
Pressure Relief Valves
Liquid Fill Connection
Vapor Equalizing Connection
Internal Valves
Manual Internal Valves
Pressure Differential Internal Valves
Excess Flow Valves
Pumps and Associated Systems
Bobtail Pump
Power Take-Off (PTO) Assembly
Engine Pumping Speeds
Pump Bypass System
Meters, Hoses, and Emergency Discharge Control Equipment
Liquid Meters
Liquid Delivery Hoses
Emergency Discharge Control Equipment
Bobtail Inspections
Walk-Around and Pre-Transfer Inspections
Walk-Around Inspection
Pre-Transfer Inspection
Cargo Tank Discharge System: Rejection Criteria
Delivery Hose and Assembly: Rejection Criteria
Emergency Discharge Control Equipment: Rejection Criteria
Monthly, Annual, and Five-Year Inspections
Monthly Inspections
Inspecting the Delivery Hose and Assembly
Documenting the Monthly Inspection
Annual and Five-Year Cargo Tank Inspections
Loading Bobtails
Bulk Plant Loading Systems and Equipment
Bulk Plant Design Variations
Single and Multiple Tank Bulk Plants
Understanding Bulk Plant Transfer Operations
Liquid Transfer Pumps and Vapor Compressors
Transfer Hoses
Emergency Shutdown Systems
Systems and Equipment
Filling a Bobtail Using a Plant Pump
Prepare for Loading Operation
Check the Liquid Level Gauges
Ensure Valves are Closed and Check Hoses
Connect the Transfer Hoses
Perform the Sniff Test
Fill the Cargo Tank
Disconnect Hoses and Prepare Bobtail for Travel
Other Loading Methods
Vapor Compressor
Auxiliary Pump Inlet
Unloading Bobtails
Transfer Site Hazards
Inspect the Transfer Site
Hazards at Residential Customer Sites
Hazards at Commercial, Industrial, and Agricultural Sites
Containers and Installations
Filling Propane Storage Containers at Customer Location
Unloading Safety Precautions
Containers at Customer Locations
Unloading the Bobtail at the Bulk Plant

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