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Driving the entertainment industry

To keep our team growing, we’re continuously looking for ways to create innovative solutions for our customers that also provide opportunities for our associates. A great example of that is On Tour Logistics (OTL), our specialized service focused on the concert and special events markets.

Since its launch in 2012, OTL has grown rapidly, bringing more opportunities to our team. Just like our traditional transportation services, with OTL, tour promoters can make just one call to cover all of the transportation for their equipment and gear.

 

 

As our reputation for outstanding service continues to grow in the entertainment industry, so do our driving opportunities! On Tour Logistics (OTL) supports concert tours, sporting events, and just about everything entertainment-related. The OTL team needs friendly, personable drivers who enjoy meeting new people and who have the desire to commit to multi-week runs. OTL is more than just bumping a dock; it’s teamwork and building relationships with everyone on tour. It’s a family.

If a driver qualifies, then he or she can be selected to attend an OTL training class. In this course, OTL drivers learn various elements of touring and entertainment production procedures, such as backstage terminology, loading, securement and blind-side radio-controlled backing.

OTL has two types of loads for which we need drivers: production and tours.

Production runs are one-time moves that can be one-ways or round-trips, which could include layovers.  On production runs, drivers get their current rate of pay, plus stops and other accessorial pay.

Tours could be for 4 weeks or up to 7 months – it just depends what the customer needs.  Drivers on tours are typically placed on a weekly salary that is pro-rated on partial weeks. While on a tour, most of the driving is done at night after a show is over and the staging is torn down and loaded. Drivers selected for a tour receive a special OTL uniform package.

To be considered for an OTL position there are several requirements drivers must meet:

  • 6 months of entertainment driving experience in the past 12 months to join the OTL team right away or you will need 30 days of experience with Averitt
  • To join the Averitt team, you will need:
    • Minimum of 6 months' verifiable tractor-trailer experience in the past 3 years
  • Passport for tours in Canada. (Averitt will reimburse once selected for OTL if drivers do not already have a passport.)
  • Commitment to stay out months at a time. Once selected, drivers must be committed to completing the tour.
    • Tour durations range between 4 weeks to 7 months.
    • Production runs last 7-21 days.
  • Ability to be flexible. In this industry, customers change delivery times and even book tours and production loads at the last minute.
  • Ability to follow directions and communicate clearly with your fleet manager and/or the lead driver.
  • Completion of flatbed certification and hazmat endorsement.
  • Must be a team player and work well with others.
  • Good backing skills. Some venues will have unique arrangements for unloading, so having good backing skills is a must.
  • Commitment to professional image. Making sure our trucks and trailers are presentable makes a lasting impression in this industry.
  • Commitment to be paired with a team driver in rare instances for up to 14 days.
  • Having a smartphone. Much of our communication with drivers is via email, so having a smartphone is vital to keeping up with changes.
  • Ability and willingness to work the gear in the trailer. Drivers will be required to assist in loading and unloading the trailer. Drivers will have to be able to call the pack and properly secure it with load bars and straps.
  • Willingness to occasionally assist with weekend loads. OTL production loads often load/unload over the weekends. Be prepared to stay out occasionally when not on a tour to help cover these loads.
  • When/if you are asked to haul regional truckload freight, you will be paid the regional rate of .52-.55 cpm depending on hazmat endorsement.
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