Starting my career with Schneider via TransTech.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by 1300RK6, Dec 3, 2021.

  1. 1300RK6

    1300RK6 Bobtail Member

    It has taken me the better part of six years to actually make moves towards starting a career in the trucking industry, but I have finally positioned myself and my family as best I think I can and now we're starting the adventure!

    I leave home on 12/20 to start my CDL training with TransTech but will probably commute daily since it's only an hour trip one way (I was commuting 45-55 minutes one way before), but I did sign up for Schneider's lodging plan if I decide to stay at a hotel. I am going to be in their chemical tanker division, which is exciting to me, and at this point, I just hope to pass all of the requirements, from the school to Schneider's physical checks. I have my DOT physical with my family doctor this coming Monday.

    Having said all of that, is there anything I need to be prepared to bring with me to training and on my trainer's truck that recent graduates and/or experienced drivers would like to recommend? I've already applied for my TWIC card which was made to sound like a requirement (not sure if it was, but what could it hurt having it), and have an appointment on 12/13 to finish up my application and verification portion of the TWIC in person at a local office. Also, huge thanks to @Chinatown who helped me back in 2015 when I was looking at doing this, and even now as I read through many a thread about good starter companies where his posts were super helpful. I'm super appreciative of the knowledge base this place is, so thank you guys and gals!
     
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  3. slim shady

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    Just make sure your doctor is registered with the ability to do DOT physicals
    Twic card is definitely needed in the chemical tanker world.
    When doing hazmat and twic you can get a reduced rate.
    Your on your way to nice paying job after your 1st year and you move on from training with Scheinder
     
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  4. Chinatown

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    Congratulations; starting your career with tankers is a good move.
    Try to take just one bag for your personal belongings and use a flexible bag, not a hard suitcase. You can take more stuff after being assigned your own truck.
    Roll your clothing vs. folding it. This way you can take more and use much less space.
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  5. 1300RK6

    1300RK6 Bobtail Member

    Thanks for the advice fellas, I appreciate it! Can either of you or anyone else shed some light on what a solid pair of boots are for the job I'll be doing? And what cell phone carrier is advised for traveling primarily the southeast region?
     
  6. Chinatown

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    I pulled hazmat tankers for 5 years and wore steel-toe pull-on work boots.
    Bought them at Boot Barn. One pair was still good after 5 years.
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    Boot Barn has several different styles, but they all function the same and good for hazmat tanker work. I prefer brown color because they don't show scuff marks as much as black.
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    1300RK6 Bobtail Member

    Oh sweet, one of my nieces is actually a manager at a Boot Barn, so that works out perfectly! Would you suspect I need these going into training or once I start orientation/specific job training at Schneider?
     
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    You'll need them in training. You'll be prepared where some of your classmates may not be.
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    Those pictured are steel-toe, which is what is you need. I didn't put 'steel-toe' in the posts.
     
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    You didn't, but I assumed as much. It's just wise to wear steel toes in such situations. My previous job (non-driving) allowed composite toe sneaker-style shoes, and I didn't want that to be what I show up in. Haha
     
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    I've known a few drivers that went with composite toe boots. I don't know if the company knew they were composite toe boots or not.
    "Composite toe boots that are ASTM-rated are as safe as a pair of steel toe boots with the same rating. If a composite toe boot is rated 50/50 by the ASTM, it's as strong as a steel toe boot with a 50/50 rating. The ASTM gets sample pairs of boots from boot makers, and then tests them to provide the rating."
     
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