Need some advice from the tanker vets in here.......

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by superpet39, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. pawpaw1

    pawpaw1 Medium Load Member

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    K. My two cents. There are many tanking jobs , that don't require you haul haz-mat. Many are food grade. Lots of tankers in Tx. haul water. In Ca. , how about milk ? Just for example.
    Might try to ease into it. You have to lay a foundation, before you can build a skyscraper.
     
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  3. seawind

    seawind Medium Load Member

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    Believe it or not, you can get some great experience working for SNBC (Schneider National Bulk Carriers). They get a lot of harder, BS loads. You work harder than most other tank companies, but you really know your stuff when you leave there. I was there from 1998 - 2000. (The reason I left was because the insurance advisers told them they could save money on insurance. Big mistake. I and over 1,000 other drivers left within 3 months time. They cut our coverage and raised rates).

    A lot has changed since then for the better. It's a good place to start.
     
  4. superpet39

    superpet39 Road Train Member

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    Little update: apparently my math was a tad off, I'll have my CDL back on jan 6,got a little down: so I went and got my twic card to try and get my spirits back up lol...(yes I know it's worthless to me for the next 7 months)

    I plan on flying down to texas on the jan 13, to "kick the tires" so to speak. Going to be filling applications out/ knocking on doors for about 3 days straight. Find out what these potential employers want. (Trying to get a job in texas over the Internet, from what I read isn't going to cut it)


    If they say I need to do a refresher, I'll at that point decide if going back to my old job for 6 months (driving job for a moving company) would suffice for them: (plus im sure it has to be easier to get hired when a person IS employed, compared to one that is not)

    if not, I'll contact Schneider and either FFE, or Stevens (the only tanker training schools I know of in texas, and I just want something/anything to compare Schneider to) if prime was in texas, they'd actually be my first choice, but since I wanna haul water in the oil fields, prime isn't an option.

    im really leaning towards just calling Schneider when the time comes, because like I said before, I'm concerned that teaching myself how to drive- instead of going to an actual school, coupled with the fact that I have ALMOST no OTR EX. (Just 3 visits to So Cal, that didn't even require a fuel stop since I fueled up before I left our yard) leaves me to believe that I have a TON to learn that you OTR guys/ gals that went to a school already know.

    Like I've said on many occasions: TTR is a WEALTH of info- just gotta look for it. Thanks kindly for all the feedback (good,bad, and critical) its greatly appreciated.
     
  5. superpet39

    superpet39 Road Train Member

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    I might also add, if I go down there and find out that the ability to work tons of overtime is gone, ( i HAVE read on here that the "boom"/ lack of tanker drivers is essentially over) I'll seriously consider trying to go to prime for tanker training then just come back to CA and find a tanker job (as opposed to relocating to texas)
     
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