Watkins shepard

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by sal, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. sal

    sal Medium Load Member

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    Hi .....Anyone have any information W/S ? Maybe Info. on their training or school. I'm looking for a good company to start out with and I haven't really herd any negative feedback on them. Would appreciate any information thanks
     
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  3. B-rad

    B-rad Light Load Member

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    Do a search on Watkins/Shepard I saw four Treads about them.
     
  4. broncrider

    broncrider Road Train Member

    catch danc...he's the w/s expert here
     
  5. efergstar

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    Howdy, I have been driving for W/S for 2 months and went through thier 30 day school in June. They are a great company to work for! The school was great and the safety record is good. I have run the mainly the western loop I15-I10-I80-I5-I90. It has been good. They have the miles and can pretty much run as much as you want. The instructors are great at the Missoula school. I love driving! I have also posted some on another thread about the school and training. so do some searching for it.
     
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  6. sal

    sal Medium Load Member

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    efergstar
    Sounds like your happy there. How much is the school.... or do you have to sign on with them for how long ?? How Is the starting pay , their Web site doesn't mention any $$$ . Well glad to here there's one more good company out there. Good luck and thanks for the information.
     
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  7. B-rad

    B-rad Light Load Member

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    Sal,

    The cost of the 30 day training program for W/S at Missoula, MT is $4,000 and that includes transportation and lodging. You are responsible for your meals. A person can also have them finance the training with only $250 down at 7.75% and then the loan payments are approximately $40 a week for 104 weeks. As long as you stay with W/S they will make the first $25 of your weekly payment leaving you with a balance of $15 each week. If you leave before the loan is paid in full, any unpaid balance will be your responsibility to pay off. If you pay the $4,000 at the start of the training you are not under a contract to stay any set length of time.

    The starting pay is .28 cpm for the first 6 months and they reimburse you $100 a month for tuition for 36 months. After 6 months the pay goes to .30 cpm for the second 6 months and then .32 cpm after the first year plus you get other bonus pay. They estimate your first year income around $45,600 and this is figured with a new driver driving 10,000 miles a month for the first 6 months and then 12,000 miles a month for the next 6 months. $3,400 ave monthly earnings first 6 months and $4,200 ave monthly earnings second 6 months.

    Sal, I am quoting the figures and training information from a print out that was sent to me by a W/S recruiter.

    Brad
     
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  8. sal

    sal Medium Load Member

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    Hey Brad thanks for that Info. W/S doesn't sound too bad :yes2557:
     
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  9. B-rad

    B-rad Light Load Member

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    Does the freight for W/S stay busy or slow down in the winter months, if you have heard from other W/S drivers.
     
  10. B-rad

    B-rad Light Load Member

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    Would you suggest going to the W/S 30 day school instead of a Driving School if you decided to work for W/S.
     
  11. TSTONE

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    Hi all,

    I'm very interested in going to W&S for training and driving. Can someone tell me how much frieght handling would truly be involed? Any chance of getting all no-touch? I had back surgery 4yrs ago and am doing well, but would like to keep back stress to a minimum.

    Thanx
    T
     
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