Backwater13 begins Celadon Trucking student training 1/7/13 in Indianapolis, IN.

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  1. Backwater13

    Backwater13 Light Load Member

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    There were alot of drivers in orientation today. I did not get called to take my driving test or 90 degree back but will be up tomorrow. We were given several books, watched some videos on Haz Mat and took some exams along with filling out alot of paperwork. Celadon is going to reimburse up to $100 for drivers that get the Haz Mat endorsement. I might be with a trainer by the end of the week.
     
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  3. USIT420

    USIT420 Light Load Member

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    I'd be wary of any contract based on miles, as opposed to a specified time frame. Especially with any of the bottom feeder companies, as you're not guaranteed miles with any company. I used to work for Celadon and USA Truck...many similarities. A lot of short mile loads, sitting darn near every weekend. What I liked about Celadon was the state of the art technology, vehicle maintenance and their home time policy. The miles are what made me leave...kinda hard to live off of 1500-1700 miles a week. It's going to be different with any driver/company...but if I had been obligated for 120,000 miles I'd have been stuck there for approx 70 weeks. That's not a fair deal. Any CDL financing should be 1 year, max...no matter how many miles. Anyone would be better off going through one of the other independent mills. The reason, IMO, is that if it doesn't work out with the first company you go with then the mills usually will have another option for you. With a training program like Celadon's, that isn't going to happen...you'll be stuck owing them with no options. I'd steer clear of their cdl school, but I still give them a B+ rating for a bottom feeder company, I just think they're trying to grow too fast and it'll be just a matter of time before they're another lowly USA Truck for the same reasons.
     
  4. bigdiesel712003

    bigdiesel712003 Bobtail Member

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    I am going to the Indianapolis Training Center and I would like to get some more info about it. Thanks
     
  5. Bossdogg12

    Bossdogg12 Light Load Member

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    Any age requirement , any up front cost?
     
  6. Roamer

    Roamer Bobtail Member

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    No upfront costs. However, there is a minimum age requirement of 22 years of age.
     
  7. Truckie83

    Truckie83 Light Load Member

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    Question for you all once your done with class and with the trainer do you go solo then or do you have to team?
     
  8. Roamer

    Roamer Bobtail Member

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    You'll drive "solo" with your trainer for two weeks. Then you'll drive as a team with your trainer for two weeks. Provided your trainer is comfortable with you as a team driver. Then, with your trainer's approval, you'll get your own truck and run solo or team with someone if you want to do that.
     
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  9. kjhellams

    kjhellams Bobtail Member

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    Does Celadon have husband and wife team drivers, or are they strictly solo?
     
  10. Boomer 1

    Boomer 1 Medium Load Member

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    Yes and if I remember $2000 sign-on.
     
  11. G3Man

    G3Man Bobtail Member

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    I have been thinking of Celadon as well for training as they have a terminal in my hometown. But I read on their website that after training you have to do teams for 240,000 miles. Don't think I like that idea.After Completing The Driver Training School Will I Have To Team?

    Yes, new students are required to team for a combined 240,00 miles which is approximately a year. You each will make $0.18 per mile. If you drive 17,000 miles in one month, you and your teammate will receive an extra $.03 per mile on all 17,000 miles. After you've reached the 240,000 miles you can begin driving solo. If you qualify for the refresher program you are allowed to drive solo immediately.
     
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