Class B jobs

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  1. Campbellato83

    Campbellato83 Bobtail Member

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    i am getting ready to attend school to get my Class A license.....however i will not be able to travel outside of the northeast for a few more years.what are the chances of me landing a Class B job...something like hauling gravel,sand,asphalt,,driving a dump or garbage truck.and how do these type of jobs pay in comparison to going OTR
     
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  3. badsey

    badsey Medium Load Member

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    Depends on your State and area and what type of work you are doing. If you see something Union I would go for that first. Plus if you are home every night that is actually better than being OTR for most people.

    Usually it is much harder finding a local truck job than OTR. => Many OTR try to find something local and cannot or they get stuck with a 10-12$ an hour trailer jockey job. Construction can be good because you can take unemployment in the off time (Winter). Plus with construction they need to hire many people now and not next week -> nature of that business.

    I would stay clear of refrigerated or ramp and hand dolly work if you are not in the best shape and I would look for $12-16 an hour. Plus what school you are going to (certain companies hire from certain schools).

    Give an update of your location and truckers will tell you what is going good in that area business wise and freight wise.
     
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  4. EverywhereMan

    EverywhereMan Light Load Member

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    Just to give you an idea, when I was driving a tri-axle dump truck in Canada I was making $20/hr hauling everything from dirt, sand, asphalt, crushed concrete, stone, cement, wood, plastics, etc. If there was a place for it, we'd take it and dump it. Usually got 10 hours a day, trucks were maintained well, all 10-speed Mack Granites. We did residential and commercial properties and would occasionally get contracts from the city for jobs also.

    It might be harder to land these types of jobs because I needed an "in" just to work there. My father was already employed and got me in as well. The owner didn't advertise through any website or in the paper and he's had the same drivers for years and years. Your best bet for those kinds of jobs is finding out where their yard is and going to speak to the owner or manager directly. Get to know some of the drivers, find out how they like the position and try to learn a bit beforehand.

    Also, the temporary layoffs in the winter time were good if you had a job lined up to pay you under the table. :)
     
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  5. gascyldriver

    gascyldriver Bobtail Member

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    You could always try compressed gas cylinder driving. There is Airgas. Linde. Matheson and Praxair to name the big ones. They all have Tractor trailers and straight trucks. It is a lot of physical work moving cylinders around and they are very strict on safety. I have worked for one of the big ones for 15 + years but am looking to get class A to start a new chapter in life. The pay and benis are decent but u will be micromanaged.
    Check out careerbuilder.com The 4 companies mentioned above are always looking for help and are listed on that site. There is a big turnover of drivers because of physical labor and micromanagement.
    Good Luck
     
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Many companies have Northeast regional; but, if you have some legal problem about being limited to Northeast, it will limit your choices. Food service & beverage companies and intermodal/drayage companies are some to look at. Careerbuilder website is an excellent place to look for those jobs.
     
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  7. Campbellato83

    Campbellato83 Bobtail Member

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    I live in CT and I'm going to Allstate driving school in Seymour CT
     
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  8. stlvance

    stlvance Medium Load Member

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    find a car hauler job you can use the b in a 4 or 5 car hauler running cars to the auctions
     
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  9. BTJ

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    Allstate has a solid job placement program. Talk with the women in the office who arrange placement and you may be able to have something lined up before you graduate. Also, once you get your license, you can continue to use their placement services in perpetuity. Tell Dom and both Pete's that Brian Johnson from Hoonigan Racing says hi. :biggrin_25523:
     
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