Swift Mentor Program

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by harmin5288, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. harmin5288

    harmin5288 Bobtail Member

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    Wow..I'm guessing that kind of experience probably will go a long ways. Thanks for ur input and good looking out.
     
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  3. neal79

    neal79 Medium Load Member

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    Yeah if you can on heavy haul do it. Its regional to the pacific northwest and i believe it pays a lil extra. Just be ready to deal with the mountains all winter, most of them guys I have talked to see chaining as just the way it is that time of year, not as something you only do to get out of a jam. As far as mentors there are good bad and ugly. I am one and usually I get along with whoever and all goes fine but every once and a while I get one that just makes me want to strangle him in his sleep. Usually those are the stubborn types that think they know it all but do not even know enough to realize what they do not know.
     
  4. harmin5288

    harmin5288 Bobtail Member

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    the more and more you guys post the better i feel about getting it done. thanks for all your great advice. I start on tuesday and ill let you all know how the 3 day process goes...if your interested..
     
  5. chompi

    chompi Road Train Member

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    Training will go by so fast man! You will probably end up having a blast! I am sure you will find to that you were glad you did it because there are all kinds of little hints, tips and tricks to be learned from others. You might also make a great friend and want to team together, who knows?!

    If for any reason things aren't working out, you don't get along, the guy is a slob, or you feel he isn't training you properly then immediately call safety or your dispatcher and request a different trainer. This happens quite frequently and usually isn't a big deal.

    Good luck man, let us know how it goes...
     
  6. WMGUY

    WMGUY Road Train Member

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    If you wanna stay in the northwest they have 2 other accounts also sears and kmart as a company driver you can make good money on all 3
     
  7. richter111

    richter111 Bobtail Member

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    I am with Swift and went through the Mentor program

    I learned a great deal from my mentor and we still chat from time to time to this day. He worked hard and taught me a great deal. I did not realize how much he taught me until I started running into newer drivers fresh from the mentor program. He really did a great job

    Just a few things to help you out

    Keep in mind it is his/her truck. Ask before you move things around, and bring stuff in. ( I see students bring bags and bags of crap out to the mentors truck. Space is really limited)

    Pay attention, ask any and ALL questions that pop into your mind.

    Keep a little notebook, make notes, jot down laws and regs as you are told them.

    pay attention, learn how the truck itself works. Why certain steps have to be done the same way everytime.

    ALWAYS pretrip your truck, even if your mentor does not.

    ALWAYS check your trucks fifth wheel pull and tandem slides when you let the truck out of your sight, even for a minute. You really don't want to pull away from a full stop and drop your trailer...

    I hope it goes well for you, I enjoyed my experiences out on the road, and hope to be as good a mentor one day as mine was to me.
     
  8. Papi1960R

    Papi1960R Light Load Member

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    I had a great time with my mentor, Leonard Teague, at Swift. Still friends to this day. From what I've heard I got lucky. But being a trainee is the same in almost every field, you only get out of it what you put into it. Your attitude and professionalism is on display at all times, conduct yourself accordingly. I did 48 states for a year, and now have been on COSTCO dedicated for a year out of Tolleson, AZ. If you can wrangle yourself into a COSTCO spot up there in Sumner you will be doing quite well.
     
  9. harmin5288

    harmin5288 Bobtail Member

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    you are absolutely right about getting out what you put in...i am starting to feel more and more comfortable. I do have another question.


    The main reason i am going to swift is for time behind the wheel. I don't see myself there too long, unless I get a great lane. My plan is to go through the training and get my truck. My cousin got his license about a year ago and went with someone to learn the ropes for about 2 months. He bought his truck right after. He has his own authority but is using a guy in in the bay area for his dispatch. He is running a reefer mainly from bay to texas, missouri, okc. He's netting $12-13k...NET. he is on the road about 6-7 weeks at a time.


    I figure that if i go through the training, i can feel more comfortable behind the wheel. the reason i didn't go with my cousin, he knows just about the same as i do. going with the mentor program i can get some great knowledge and like you said, if i can get some heavy haul time, i may go that route.
     
  10. harmin5288

    harmin5288 Bobtail Member

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    another thing.... i am hoping that I get someone running I-5. I plan on doing the seattle--LA---Phoenix and back route. I am having issues with the logbooks. mainly because WA and OR keep track of your time going through scales. I want to learn the loose leaf logs, but swift uses qualcomm.

    If my mentor runs east, do you guys think that the logs i learn can be applied to running I-5. My main concern is knowing when and where to stop for your 10 hours. I would like a route that i know inside and out...know how far I can get on my hours and know when and where to fuel and rest.


    Also, being able to match my speed and time to the scale houses. someone told me that he was running from wa to ca and he had set his cruise to 62 and when he pulled into a scale in oregon, they gave him a speeding ticket. Thats what i want to avoid.


    I went with a guy for about 2 months, didn't learn much about regs, but running i-5, he'd randomly pull over to adjust his time. 5-10 minutes at a time. that is confusing
     
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