Is Class B Experience Okay?

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  1. GodBlessTheUSA

    GodBlessTheUSA Bobtail Member

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    I just graduated from trucking school with my CDL A. I have to stay local because my baby is due in 3 months. I posted on this forum before that I was getting 0 job opportunities due to not having any experience. I was suggested to apply to CDL B jobs & thanks to this community I was able to find some opportunities!

    My question is, will having experience in CDL B work be beneficial when I apply for CDL A jobs in a years time? I suppose it’s better than no commercial driving experience right?
     
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  3. viper822004

    viper822004 Medium Load Member

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    In my experience no. Companies usually want that class A experience but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good paying class B jobs. Some even pay more than driving a tractor trailer.
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    That question comes up on here often. Some Class-A companies will hire you and put you through some type of inhouse refresher course for Class-A driving.
     
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  5. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    If I was in your position I’d look for companies like Coca~Cola (I did a quick search and found a few postings) companies that run both A&B.

    Start off with the straight trucks and maybe jump into semi down the road.

    There’s tons of places around Orlando you could try depending on what interests you..
     
  6. GodBlessTheUSA

    GodBlessTheUSA Bobtail Member

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    I applied for a few positions in Coke Florida, they declined me on all. Even Class B work
     
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  7. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Class "B" will be a diesel engine, and 3 axles and a 10/13 speed tranny, but, no trailer. Most anyone can drive a "10 wheeler" but hauling that 53' trailer and backing it is a little more harder.
     
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  8. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Class B work will not help you with a Class A job. Coke turned you down, try Pepsi. Try any of the food service companies. Try the beer distributor. Try any of the grocery distributors. Try any paving/construction/crane erector places. Try any local manufacturer with their own warehouses and trucks. Take a warehouse job to get your foot in the door.

    Go to your local fuel stops. There should be PLENTY of the smaller fleets around. In fact, there are more smaller fleets than there are megas. Smaller fleets have direct customers that they deal with and they will more than likely regional with a very short region (think sleeper trucks for local drivers.)
     
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    lual Road Train Member

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  10. JSanborn103

    JSanborn103 Medium Load Member

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    No
     
  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    You can get class A jobs, but count on going out with a trainer. With class B experience, they'll treat you like you just graduated.
     
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