Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by alone, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. alone

    alone Light Load Member

    Did you drive school buses? I had considered doing something like a charter bus, greyhound type deal or something. Not sure what all is involved with it other than a passenger endorsement though. SPAB or something? I seen a semi local place advertise on craigslist, something like $18-22 per hour for 2+ years exp.
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  3. alone

    alone Light Load Member

    Bumping this post, hoping someone will take me up on this interview before tomorrow morning.
  4. Lux Prometheus

    Lux Prometheus Heavy Load Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    San Venganza, Tx
    Passenger and school bus endorsements, plus air brakes and general knowledge and pre/post trip inspection tests, make up the CDL-B tests, and then the road test. It took me 10 days to get mine, would've been 6 if I had scheduled the road test the second I passed the general test for my permit, and taken/passed the rest of the tests.

    I did some research on charter buses, because Greyhound had been hounding me (hurr durr) to work with them; and what a charter/otr bus driver go thru isn't all that. You have to clean the bus, unclog the toilet, etc. Not exactly paid enough to do that, sorry.

    But, with an A, you can go back to buses very easily, you only have to take the endorsements to qualify, don't even have to take the road test.
    ChefBrianN Thanks this.
  5. ChefBrianN

    ChefBrianN Light Load Member

    May 10, 2014
    Michigan and Colorado
    After I quit delivering beer, I drove full time for a school system and I drove a motor coach part time for a small charter company. Mostly weekend day trips (Chicago and Detroit sporting events or shopping excursions and casino trips and fall color tours for the blue hairs). The pay was decent, I got a lot of cash tips for days trips. When I was laid off from the school system in the summer I would drive more trips for the charter company. I liked those, a lot of Washington D.C and Branson, MO stuff that were 5-7 day excursions. Didn't really get tipped on those but I made a good per diem for expenses plus a flat daily rate.

    All I needed was a class B CDL with air brake endorsement. The school bus part was a bit more tricky in Michigan. I had to take a 20 hr. course and get a special endorsement for that...it dealt mostly with safety issues (common sense stuff) and I had to take a road test. Oddly enough, the school district I drove for had a fleet of 97 buses, and all of them were auto-trans except two older models that were manuals. The two manuals were the ones that they used to test new drivers. I'm sure those are obsolete now as commercial buses have to be less than ten yrs. old here to be used.

    During my road test for the bus, the woman who was the examiner was in her 60's and she told me I was the only one in the class that understood the concept of double-clutching but I am sure that came from driving a truck prior to driving a bus.
  6. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    St Louis
    In southern Illinois there was a couple that did. Maybe five in the southern part of the state out of 15ish counties.
  7. alone

    alone Light Load Member

    WIA panel interview was scheduled for today. I got a call this morning that my interview was being canceled. They want me to find employment in my current job field or provide "paperwork" to disclose why I cannot. They want to see rejection letters for companies I have applied to and have rejected me. I've never had any kind of rejection letter from any place I've ever applied to at any point in time. I assume this is something the executive/ corporate/ white collar world takes part in, not something a blue collar see's..?

    Wasn't real clear on the other paperwork they requested to be honest. I tried contacting the person in the office who called me but she won't answer her phone or return my call. I spoke to another lady I had met with previously, she gave some guidance but wasn't 100% clear herself. So.. I wrote a letter explaining things in detail to see if it would be enough of the required "paperwork", then I made a trip down to the office. Reception lady calls her internal number, and low and behold, she picks up the phone. I ask reception to tell her I want to see her very briefly just to give her the paperwork and get clarification on things- she will not see me. She told reception to make a copy of my papers and to bring them up to her. Not sure what the problem is here as every one else seemed to be pretty friendly/ personable/ helpful up to this point. Weird thing though, I was rescheduled for another panel interview at some point today. Hopefully I'll get my foot in the door tomorrow. I'm not entirely discouraged at this point, but hoping the letter meets their needs.

    Trucking class starts next Monday and I'm hoping to be enrolled then, otherwise its pushed back another three weeks from today. That's bad as its a five week training program and I have to find a new home by Sept. 1st, with or without a job...
  8. alone

    alone Light Load Member

    I still haven't gotten anyone to take me up on the interview questions. I'll post them here so you can see them upfront without committing to anything. If you want to take part, please just PM me. I would need a first name, city/ state you live in, and company name you work or worked for. Otherwise its completely anonymous.

    1. What lead you to the heavy trucking industry?

    2. A lot of people refer to trucking as more of a lifestyle than just a simple job. Would you agree or disagree with that, and why?

    3. What kind of general skills do you think someone needs to be successful in the trucking industry?

    4. What kind of personal traits (honesty, reliability, etc.) do you think a driver needs to be successful?

    5. How well did CDL schooling prepare you for the trucking industry?

    6. What kind of real world training did you receive from the first trucking company you hired on with?

    7. What activities do you do that are the same day to day?

    8. What activities have you done that are part of the job, but not regular day to day tasks?

    9. What are some things about the job that you like?

    10. What are some things about the job that you dislike?

    11. What kind of challenges do you face on a daily basis?

    12. What would you say a new OTR driver should expect to make salary wise first year on the job?

    13. What do you think the future holds for the trucking industry?

    14. Based only on what you know about me, do you think I could be successful in the trucking industry?

    15. If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, would you still choose trucking as your career?

    16. Do you have any other advice you would like to share?
  9. ChefBrianN

    ChefBrianN Light Load Member

    May 10, 2014
    Michigan and Colorado

    Wow...talk about crossing the line...I regret even responding to this thread now.
  10. alone

    alone Light Load Member

    What was crossing the line exactly? The questions are just some random questions I put together for an informational interview for the WIA people. I'm not trying to trick anyone or anything. I've never done an informational interview before, these just seem like basic questions a new driver would be asking. So..?
  11. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

    Mar 9, 2014
    In a van down by the River.
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