The begining (so far so good)

Discussion in 'Transport America' started by Buddha, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. Paula

    Paula Bobtail Member

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    OK so now I am confused, Do you work for Transport America or Transcam?
     
  2. NukedNative

    NukedNative Light Load Member

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    I think their answer was .. Yes
     
  3. BBBYpsi

    BBBYpsi Bobtail Member

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    Thats what I was wondering. TA does not take that many loads to California. the recruiter at are school said almost all there loads are east of kansas.
     
  4. slingblade07

    slingblade07 Light Load Member

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    Transport America used to be Transport Corporation of America when we were publicly owned so alot of shippers call us TCAM and a lot of drivers do to cause if you use TA it could be Trans Am. And we have a terminal in California, but mostly teams run out that way, but some solos go there too. During my 3 weeks with my trainer, we went out to Oklahoma City once for fedex and the rest of the time was ontario down to Atlanta and no further east than pittsburg, freight on the east coast is very slow coming out so alot of carriers are not sending loads that way cause there is nothing coming out.
     
  5. BBBYpsi

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    Thanks for that info. I am trying to get them to get me to there orientation. There is a problem because of where I live. I graduated ontime & my GPA ended up being 91. I like the idea of not having to take the truck home with me since I have a small apartment & barely fit my pick up in there. I am crossing my fingers. They set up a oreintation then said I live to far from a terminal. I know they like you to have a hazmat endorsement & am willing to do so.
     
  6. nadolap

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    Thinking of Transport America, US Xpress, Covenant, or REOHL, heard good and bad on all Short list is US xpress transport America. Looking forward to here how its going keep us posted.:biggrin_25525:
     
  7. Buddha

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    wow... I can not believ this post is still going.... I started it a long time ago. And it's been 2 years since I've been on.... So an update... I'm no longer at tcam. I'm now a trainer for squire trans. A division of knight trans. I love my job and I love the fact that I'm taking a big part in the development in new drivers. I hope to one day have a job in safety and this was my next stepping stone.... Anyway.... Good luck to you all.
     
    Dester Thanks this.
  8. truckerdaddy24

    truckerdaddy24 Road Train Member

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    BuddHa, I'm going to my community college in May to get my CDL I am in the Phoenix Arizona area and would like to know all that you know, I am willing to buy you a cup of "jo" if you would allow me to when you are passing thru town. I want to be the best there is or close to it right under you, I'm not young but willing to learn. I'm starting this as my second career at the ripe old age of 44. Anything you can tell me would be appreciated. Thanks. TD.
     
  9. Buddha

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    well I must say you doing the first thing right. getting your CDL. I personally believe that community colleges are the best way to go. I've notice with alot of these truck driving schools they are just trying to push as many students as they can through their programs... it all about money to them... not the education. After that is finding the right company for you. Every company is different and just because one is right for one person doesn't mean it's good for you. being out of Phoenix you have a few options there. You have Knight of course which there program is ran under Squire. We are the training division. We are a very hard program to get into. We only take about 2 to 3% of the people who apply. We are small compared to the size of our parent company and compared to other companies out there. we are about a 4 to 5 month program. the first week is orientation.... it's all classroom. after that you go out with a trainer for 4 to 6 weeks in a truck with them... you run all 48 but a major part of it is the northeast... why? simple the northeast is the most difficult and truck unfriendly area in the u.s. if you can drive there you can drive anywhere. after your time with the trainer you are tested out, if you pass then you are assigned your own Squire truck. and you run solo in the truck for three months or 30,000 miles. if all goes well then you are hired on # Knight and you are off and running. Now here are a few thing about the training. when with the trainer you do 90% of the driving... IT IS NOT a team operation. You are paid a flat wage during that time with the trainer. you will be out for 2 weeks at a time (depending on who your trainer is) or more. The trainer makes the decisions. if you can't cut it you the job isnt for you.... the trainer makes that call. NOT the company. while with the trainer you will learn everything that there is to run as a good driver. but it one you to apply that info. there is a lot more and if you have questions please feel free to ask... now I said there are a few other companies and i'm not going to bash any of them cause I've never worked for them.... there is Swift and they are out of that area as well. All i can say is keep all of your options open and look at all of them carefully... oh wait i will tell you to stay away from one... C.R. England... i had 2 friends that had a nightmare of a time with them... Sorry if i offended anyone...
     
    nadolap and statikuz Thank this.
  10. Dester

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    I have a few questions Buddha, and thanks for giving me the opportunity to ask them here as opposed to pestering the man in charge at Indie again.
    What should I expect at the motel I'll be staying for orientation? I'm not sure how I will be paid so how much cash should I have on hand? Does the motel have cooking facilities? I am very excited about coming to Squire and getting back on the road, I haven't been OTR in 20yrs!
     
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