?’s about Schneider Tanker Training (Houston).

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  1. sushi boy

    sushi boy Bobtail Member

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    They’re waiting on a show date from me but I’m still weighing local options and TX oilfield positions before I commit. Guess I coulda just emailed the recruiter but curious what answers I could get here. If I go with Schneider I’ll be working outta Reserve, La so anyone who can throw some info re that location I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m a year outta school with (X) endorsement, TWIC, super clean MVR’s and exp (1 yr) driving heavy haul/flatbed for a bridge building outfit. Having pushed trucks (tankers included) over the course of my oilfield career I’m fairly familiar with the general job at hand.

    Questions:

    - Will I owe them anything for the training in Houston if I am offered a better position elsewhere?

    - What options are available to me in this division outta Reserve or OTR in general (is pneumatic an option, etc...)?

    - What are some suggested tools or non-provided equipment would you suggest I attain?

    - Am I hiring in at a slow period? Are there generally slow periods in OTR tanker and when?

    Any additional input would be helpful. I’ll be at their recruiting event on Tues 15th In Baton Rouge to see what other info I can gleen from whomever is there.

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    No, if you’re experienced and didn’t sign a year contract.


    Was OTR, had a few local guys there, tanker only while I was there.


    A FR suit, theirs was orange and you looked like an escaped convict.
     
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  4. sushi boy

    sushi boy Bobtail Member

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    yeah, i def have a couple of lightweight FR coveralls on my list since that’ll cover me for long sleeves and pants. Was told I could drive in whatever I wanted (shorts) so the transition should be easy.
     
  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    What they used to call basic PPE was pants, long sleeve shirts, steel toe boots, hard hat with face shield, gloves.
    Then they added safety vest.

    They used to think, walking to the truck was as bad as unloading it, so they expected you to be in all that just to get out and walk inside the terminal.
    Most didn’t, but you had to be aware, like when an OSR went to yelling at me for not being in the proper gear, and I pointed to the van beside my truck and told him that was me, I didn’t know anything about tankers.
     
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  6. haz-matguru

    haz-matguru Road Train Member

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    STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM
    Schneider Tanker AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  7. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Light Load Member

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    Sounds like scat pay for tanker. And 1 yr of heavy haul/flatbed experience too. Just at a quick glance, there's tanker gigs in LA paying twice that.
     
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  8. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Your area has about every chemical tank company with a terminal. Reserve, Geismar, St Gabriel. I 10 to exit 177 then drive west on LA30. Still had a lot of hiring drivers signs out the last time I went through there and many will train experienced drivers for tanker. Superior, and Quality Carriers to name 2.
    Schneider tank has good training but you will sit a lot so the money just isn't there.
     
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  9. sushi boy

    sushi boy Bobtail Member

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    Will look into Superior and Quality. My problem with these companies around BTR that will consider hiring a rookie is they’re mostly “go home daily” spots and I’m 1.5 hours from most of their yards. Can’t justify driving 3 hours round trip. Once I can get some time in I’ll have a better chance at a day gig closer to home (Genesys, Plains, Oakly) but OTR is my only option now unless I move closer to Baton Rouge.
     
  10. nickst

    nickst Light Load Member

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    Reserve used to be a black hole...everytime I went there I sat for three days
     
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  11. NewbiusErectus

    NewbiusErectus Medium Load Member

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    You got some experience, you can bypass the BS.

    I started at Schneider Bulk and stayed there a year. It wasn’t all bad, but they’re geared for the new driver. They nit pick, they don’t keep you moving.

    Plus, now thru December is very slow and you’ll sit A LOT. Thats how it was when I was there, but that was several years ago. Chemical tanking is prolly a bit slow overall in the last quarter, but with schneider, it’s way worse. I’d have been much better off taking a voluntary lay-off in that period, but Schneider didnt give that option.

    If I were in your situation, the first thing I’d look for is a chemical company with their own sleeper trucks (private fleet). It’ll be out and back runs, so you’d be out on the road a day or two then come home and get another load.

    If there’s time to kill in between, you could sleep in your truck in the yard instead of making the 3 hour drive home. Your car would be there, you could do what you want instead of being detained at some muddy dumpy schneider yard in some hole like Gary, IN or Coraopolis, PA, or Reserve, LA, etc.
     
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