Hello. Long time lurker. Been reading/researching/educating myself on the CDL life. I haven't seriously worked in close to 16 years. Put my wife through nursing school, then she became a nurse practitioner. Makes good money. Stay at home dad soon as she started working, with intent to go back to work when our youngest became school age. Turned out he was on the spectrum and I've been home with him for 9 years with therapies/modified educational plans etc. He's grown a lot and understand his struggles, even at 9, and knows what it takes to over come those things.. some things he just has to work harder than other kids, other things he's years ahead on. I don't need to work, but I went from working 60 hr weeks in a clinic all those years ago, to at home doing nothing but chores and such. We've got good, smart kids because of that sacrifice. Fine and all but I've been jonesin for awhile to get back in to the workforce.
I've got family when I was a kid did nothin but run trucks. I'm from lower Al originally, we had lotta chicken farms, and then other family member ran lumber. Now we're up in WA state, been here a while, and with things becoming manageable I'm wanting to get back out there.
I'm about an hour or so South of Seattle, in the Lacey/Yelm area. The amount of jobs are plentiful it seems, from dump trucks to loggers to tankers, and everything in between with dedicated home depot/lowes/etc accounts.
I've read all sorts of things about mega training vs school training.. folks who advocate mega training talk about the length and thoroughness of training you get vs private school seeming to cram in 4 weeks like a license mill and things don't stick as well as a result. One of the schools I'd looked at is called Washington Trucking School . I don't see much mention of it around here though, but the forum search function isn't the best, or I just haven't figured it out.
End of the day, I'd like to see myself in a tanker and those also seem more than abundant up here. My biggest needs are home daily and defined/set schedule, which I know one of the milk tanker outfits in the area get knocked hard because it's a beck and call deal.
Anyhow, I look forward to getting to know and understand more as I figure out a path forward. If you read this far, you musta been as bored as I was to finally take the time to write this, and I appreciate that.
Transitioning back to the work force
Tuition-free CDL Driving Academy - Dock Worker Jobs …
This is a Teamsters Union job and home every day.
Health insurance is free for the driver and family.
The school is held at different terminals and at time has been held in Seattle and Portland.
Old Dominion and those others train right there locally.
If YRC sends you to another state, it' all expenses paid which means meals, lodging, transportation, hourly pay.
After graduation, you are assigned to the terminal nearest your home.
If 5 12s would make you a happy camper I’d elect to tell you go with fuel. It’s literally one of the best jobs out there. And you WILL run 5 12s lol.
Next to that dumps are awesome IMO. Lots of construction and fuel here in the Midwest so hey. Go for it. You’ll make a good living.
With your sons issues will he be able to cope with you not being around, and when you do get home needing to rest.
I've known people who have done what you're thinking about doing out of necessity. Full time job and another full time job when they get home. I have great respect for those who can successfully handle it.
Preciate the concern folks. It's something my wife and I have discussed prior to arriving at this decision. My goal is to find something locally on a set schedule up to 5 12's a week home daily. No plans to be gone 99% of the time. I used to work 5 12's prior to staying at home full time. These types seem plentiful on our stretch of the I-5 corridor.
Current fuel hauler here...in south Ga/north FL.
Beginning a fuel hauler job is (most likely) working nights, weekends, and holidays.
Also--some LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNG hours.
Unless you are right out of the military, and/or a spring chicken....when you finally do get home--you WILL be tired quite often.
Why am I doing it, you may ask?
- No wife/ex-spouse (I've tried, believe me--but a raw deal is just that).
- No kids/dependents.
- No pets.
- No relatives.
- NO KIDDING!!!
- It gets me into the hazmat tanker world.
- Good money/job security.
- The "home daily" thing makes for a more eligible bachelor.