When a company hires you and you already have experience

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by marvelousmack, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. marvelousmack

    marvelousmack Light Load Member

    Mar 5, 2021
    Do they just throw you out there? Or do they train you? Even though you already have experience? Do companies usually train you for a week? A couple days?
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  3. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    It's called orientation rather than training. Both of my orientations lasted 2 days each.
  4. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

    Jul 14, 2013
    Chasin the $ out west
    Most do Orientation as @slow.rider said. Some do a basic Check ride at orientation. Drive the truck around the block a couple of times and then put it in the dock/park with a trailer.

    Some will require a couple of days with a "trainer" just to ensure your competence if your experience is recent.

    If you have been away for a while they may put you out with a trainer for a bit longer until they build confidence in you.
  5. fishonron

    fishonron Medium Load Member

    Jul 25, 2017
    North Central Kansas
    How much experience do you have and how long have you been out of the seat?

    If you have been out of a truck for more that 2 years they'll likely treat that as you having no experience at all.
  6. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Tooele, UT
    Can confirm what fishonron said. I have around ten years of experience, most with fuel, but I'm a rookie because I've been out of the industry for more than two years.

    However right now a lot of smaller companies need drivers bad and will hire those they would of turned away before.

    Do your research and choose the path that will lead you to the job you want.
    Good luck.
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    A lot depends on whether you are going to be doing the same kind of work. Like dry van going to a dry van company. Only training you should need involves company specific things that are usually covered in orientation.
    But if you change up like to flatbed or tanker, then yes you will get some training on doing those jobs.
  8. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Different co's do it differently. In a perfect world, they will send you with another driver for a week so you can get to know their procedures, or, send you in your own truck running with another co truck, maybe going to the same shipper for instance. Or, just send you out on your own. Some co's have you fuel at certain truck stops or only give out a certain cash advance. Be sure you have this pre=planned. Some co's won't turn on your fuel card until you're on the fuel island and the card no workie. Then you're on the phone trying to wake somebody up. Have fun out there !
  9. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    Schneider took us experienced guys on Day 2 to drive around Houston with a half loaded tanker of water.
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  10. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    At Praxair new hires are required to have 3 yrs experience, tanker exp was mandatory but is no longer. Still must be able to operate manual transmission, although we are transitioning to an all auto fleet.
    You still will need 4-6 wks of training including the 1st week of just riding the jump seat to learn procedure/process. Length depends on how quick you learn.
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  11. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    Indentured servitude is still alive and thriving. They say it is so they can test your mettle. In reality it gives them reason to make you work for them at reduced pay.
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