Soon-to-be CDL Student

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  1. WakeUpTheEchoes

    WakeUpTheEchoes Light Load Member

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    I started posting on here the other day not knowing there was an introduction portion of the site. So, as the title states, I will be starting my CDL training soon...mid-February. I have a background in warehousing and production. With that, I understand logistics and have had many a conversation with truckers from lots of different carriers. I am also a convicted felon with 2 convictions from 2006. I have given thought to pursuing my CDL in the past, but now everything in my life is lining up just right. I will be coming off parole 03/18/20, so I’ll be free of State supervision once starting my new career coming out of school. I am open to thoughts, opinions, feedback, lessons learned, constructive criticism, and friendly banter. I come here to learn some things from men and women who have been in the business awhile. Hopefully I can avoid making some mistakes others before me have made. Anyway, this is me.

    Hello.

    Edit: Living near Dallas, TX and from Long Beach, CA
     
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    Reason for edit: Forgot to add where I am from
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  2. Chinatown

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    Trucking is a great career and you'll like it. Being an ex-con, you'll wonder and be scratching your head as to why so many think trucking is so difficult.
    Any ideas as to what type trucking you want and if you want to run the roads and see the country?
    Probably get more responses on the "Questions From New Drivers" thread.
    Is the school you plan to attend 160 hours or more? Minimum 160 hours is good; at least 160 hours.
    Also, get all the endorsements. Scroll to top of this page and click on "CDL Practice Tests" and memorize as much as possible.
    Welcome to trucking!
     
  3. WakeUpTheEchoes

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    It is 180 hours, I believe. 1 week written tests and 4 days x 4 weeks hands on. The school is called International Schools in Arlington, TX. I first thought I would just want to stay local and enjoy a bit better paycheck than having a warehouse job, but I really love traveling. So, I am basically keeping an open-mind and see what opportunities become available as I put myself out there with various companies. If getting a local hourly driving job proves to be the best option to begin gaining experience, then I’ll take it. Ultimately, my goal is to raise my standard of living and create job security through attaining a career versus another job with paycheck. I do know that flatbed is probably not for me. Being really short and having a lower back that has seen better days, I would break myself trying to get into flatbed hauling. That seems like a special breed of driver who can make a career out of it and last.
    Chinatown, I think it’s great seeing you constantly posting comments with leads to different companies hiring for various CDL jobs. Thank you.
     
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    Plenty to choose from around Dallas area.
    With a bad back, I'd look for companies with no-touch freight. Many reefer outfits have no-touch freight and the trucks are comfortable to drive and set up for driver comfort.
    Most local jobs are labor intensive.
     
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    DOT Transportation in Saginaw has different divisions and one of them is no-touch freight; check on that one. Also has cdl school tuition reimbursement up to $4000.00
    www.drivefordot.com
     
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    FFE (Frozen Food Express) in Lancaster hires new cdl school grads.
    @TravR1 can give details on that one.
    FFE > Home
    https://www.ffeinc.com
     
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    Bulkley Trucking in Brashear hires new cdl school grads.
    About US - Bulkley Trucking
    bulkleytrucking.com
    No touch/Low touch freight-we pay unloading fees
    Regular HOME TIME - Home most weekends for at least 34 hours
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    Freymiller hires new cdl school grads and has tuition reimbursement.
    Drive Freymiller | Best Paying Trucking Companies
    https://www.drive4freymiller.com
    Freymiller Truck Driving Opportunities and Recruiting. FREYMILLER RADIO IS ON THE AIRWAVES!
    Plus, we’re proud to announce a new partnership with Home Creations that makes it easier than ever for Freymiller drivers to own their own home – ask your recruiter for more info!
     
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