Some questions about trucking as a career

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  1. Yitz

    Yitz Bobtail Member

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    Hi, I've never driven a truck before and I'm thinking about getting a license for it. I have a few questions and would appreciate any help:

    a) I've heard that places like Walmart wants 3 years of trucking experience before they'll hire you. Is this true of most companies?

    b) What's the salary per first-year drivers?

    c) Could I be a team-driver in my first year?

    D) If I'd fail at trucking school, would I owe a tuition of, like, $5k? I've heard it said that $5k is generally what it costs and though they pay for it, I wonder what happens if you fail.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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  3. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Heavy Load Member

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    You need to spend some time on the internet doing some research. There is tons of bad information and also some real good information. Start combing through the archives on this forum for starters. Educate yourself before you jump into some CDL School or Company Sponsored training program. Good luck!
     
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  4. Yitz

    Yitz Bobtail Member

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    Thanks, I'll do that
     
  5. Chinatown

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    Where is your location; we need to know in order to recommend companies.
    Are you 21 yrs. old or older?
    Probably make $55K - $60K your first year.
    Plenty of team jobs available for new cdl school grads.
    Can you pass a hair follicle drug test?
     
  6. Yitz

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    Over 21, can pass the drug test. Live in PA, Pittsburgh area
     
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    Dozens of jobs for new drivers in your area.
    Do you want a private cdl school or trucking company cdl school?
    Trucking company cdl school provide transportation to get to the school, then provide meals and lodging.
    I know of 3 that pay salary or hourly while attending their schools.
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    This one pays $14.00 hr. while attending their cdl school and pay based on a 40 hr. week.
    Lodging is not provided, but they have some type arrangement for students to rent a room and pay out of their hourly pay. School is in Coon Rapids, MN
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    PGT is a flatbed company headquartered in Aliquippa. They hire students.
     
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    Western Dairy Transport
    https://www.wdtmilk.com
    Hourly pay, I think is $10.00 hr. plus free meals and lodging and transportation to the school.
    This company hauls milk from dairy farms.
    Cabool, Missouri is the home of our original training academy. In fact, we have been educating and training drivers for dry van and smooth bore tanker operations for over twenty years. Our Cabool Academy has on staff two certified driver trainers and a complement of experienced support personnel. This facility trains drivers to serve American dairy farmers and other dairy and food processing customers throughout the United States
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    Wilson Logistics - Hiring in 48 states
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    Truck Driving Jobs. Earn While You Learn. Our Paid CDL Training program is hands-on and is designed for those who want to earn their Class A CDL ... Wilson Logistics is a family-owned trucking company
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    • Electric APU
    • 1500-Watt Inverter
    • Double Bunks
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    • 24" TV With DIRECTTV
     
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