Starting in Trucking

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by OGBeamer, May 16, 2022.

  1. OGBeamer

    OGBeamer Bobtail Member

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    I have been thinking about getting into trucking for quite some time now, better part of the last 10 years. For various reasons, it was just never feasible. My current job is decent, but it served its purpose for what I needed at the time. But after being gone for a week for a funeral, it just hit me that I think I am ready to move on from this as those original circumstances for doing this job have long since changed. Again, my current job is fine, the work is ok, people are decent. I am just ready for a change.

    I would like to be able to keep working my current job while getting the CDL, which is also why I was leaning towards paying for a CDL school out of pocket vs going with a training company. But, I am not sure how well that would work.

    But I am not convinced this would be the best way. My thinking was mostly to not be tied to any company, but the problem of having experience to even get looked at by some companies.

    So would it be better if I paid for a cdl school or go with a company that trains?
    Would it be better if I got my permit on my own first, then go to a school/company or does it matter at all?

    I was looking to get a Hazmat endorsement for tankers. My biggest benefit is that I am located in Phoenix and there are a few schools around me as well as companies that I know train. But I am not sure which route would be best. I would prefer to end up doing local rather than OTR.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Phoenix is a good area for new drivers just getting started in trucking.
    Nothing wrong with a contract with a company that pays well.
    Plenty of jobs that have local/regional/ OTR for new cdl school graduates.
     
  4. motocross25

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    @Dave_in_AZ will be along any second to show you what Schneider or Swift in Phoenix has to offer.
     
  5. Chinatown

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    McLane Company
    Phoenix, AZ
    Up to $95,000 a year ( yes, the pay is correct)
    • At least 21 years of age.
    • Have a Commercial Driver License (CDL Class A, Class B, or Class C) with a clean driving record.
    • Recent CDL graduate drivers.
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Go to Schneider. You can get your license, and they have tankers.
     
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    There are credible reports that their tanker operation is the most un-funny joke in our Galaxy.
    But their training program for vans is very good, though.
    He could start doing vans 2-3 years, no more.
    The major mistakes made by a rookie are done in his first 3 years of driving.
    According to Insurance companies own statistics.
    Then look for a tanker company in the area who knows how to do tanker.
    There are some other things to consider too when starting in vans.
    Like all freight being inventory freight waiting for the driver to show up and load.
    Minimal waiting time to load/unload or hook & drop.
     
  8. Chinatown

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    Schneider Bulk (tanker) is ok. Don't let a recruiter snooker you into "you must drive dry van for 6 months first, before tanker training."
    You'll qualify for welfare doing that.
     
  9. Chinatown

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    Sysco
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    $90,000 a year (yes, that's correct)
    • Recent driving school graduates welcome
    • CDL School Tuition reimbursement.
    • Most CDL A Delivery Truck Drivers have daily routes and are home nightly.
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  10. Another Canadian driver

    Another Canadian driver Heavy Load Member

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    An occurrence in dry van op is just a mishap, maybe.
    An occurrence in tanker op is a disaster usually.
    Don't do it in your first 3 years. For your own good, not the carrier.
    I promised myself to never let me be suckered into tanker or OS/OW.
    I did dry/reefer/containers and I would keep on doing it for the next 30 years.
    I enjoyed it a lot. It was for my own enjoyment, mostly.
     
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  11. Chinatown

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    Quikrete Companies
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    Drivers haul construction materials to stores, distribution centers, and job sites. All drivers will be required to deliver loads on flatbeds. Some will use pneumatic dry bulk tankers, end dumps, Moffetts, blowers, and hoses depending on the type of product that is being hauled. Training on these various types of equipment will be provided as required.
     
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