ABF Freight Advise?

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  1. Chaps

    Chaps Light Load Member

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    No, local tech school and that was a good choice for me. I understand what you are saying, so maybe ask in the interview how long is it usually before you get to drive some. Good luck and keep us posted with it.
     
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  2. texasbbqbest

    texasbbqbest Road Train Member

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    I should become a full-time driver after I turn 21 and the "probation period" is up.

    The hiring manager was really good about telling me what I'd start at and what the career ladder would look like.

    Still though, it may not hurt to ask at the interview. ABF wants guys that will stick with them long term (and move up within the company).
     
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  3. texasbbqbest

    texasbbqbest Road Train Member

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    Also, I had no forklift experience, but you don't need any.

    ABF will put you with a more experienced person for a week and teach you how to work the dock. It's pretty easy. You should be able to pick it up within a few days, so don't worry about that!
     
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  4. Sean_Memphis

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    On your own...I meant you didn't go through a starter company, company paid training, etc. As for me, I just cant see paying 5k+out-of-pocket for school...especially when a number of companies are offering free tuition w/a 1-year contract (at least for veterans).
     
  5. texasbbqbest

    texasbbqbest Road Train Member

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    Just as long as you are okay with the company "owning" you. I wouldn't do it.
     
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  6. Sean_Memphis

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    I've worked union construction for a number of years, so I can run a forklift...I've just never had to run on constantly...I just moved x from point a to b.
     
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  7. Sean_Memphis

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    I would def. rather work union...but I'm not sure if I can afford to work PT/casual.
     
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  8. Chaps

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    I paid out of pocket, I just didn't want to be tied down with anyone. I completed school went to orientation & hit the road with a trainer and hate being away from home. Nothing wrong with companies that pay for it I guess, just do alot of homework on them first. Yes Wolding is a starter company but I will say they are a dang good company.
     
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  9. Sean_Memphis

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    So, so far so good with them...no major issues?
     
  10. Shaggy

    Shaggy Road Train Member

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    Not sure why working the dock is intimidating to a lot of folks, It's the easy part. May rework a pallet or 5, Double layer some yucky stuff, Fingerprint dunnage, Build some base supports for rolling product ( Hammer and Nails ) Remove those base supports. Use load bars and straps Etc etc etc....
    Also the yard man, Build sets with either a Road unit or yard unit. It's pretty dang easy, Next day could be out on the road lumping around Pallets of Miley Cyruses HIV test kits to justine beibers house them swapping nasties . Always something different.:biggrin_2559:

    Depends on the size, Get to know each and every person working through your barn. Helps out a great deal when on the road, Bounce ideas off each other or who is having a shindig at their place. Great family to be a part of.

    Morale is good.


    Forgot to mention. Going to work the dock anyway, No way around it. No clue about other terminals. Here everyone is qualified driver and no one is dedicated dock unless you been a Bad Bad boy.
     
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