Based out of Phoenix, AZ, Swift Transportation began in 1966 and has grown to become the largest truckload carrier in the world. The company now operates more than 16,000 trucks with operations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
While Swift mostly operates dry-van equipment throughout the US, they also have operations within flatbed, refrigerated, specialized, auto-hauling, container, intermodal, and just about everything in between.
They have an abundant amount of regional and dedicated freight as well. In addition to their many drop yard locations, Swift also owns more than 30 full-service truck terminals which provide drivers with fuel, maintenance, and repair services.
Swift operates terminals throughout the United States including:
Swift hires and employs drivers from all of the lower 48 states, but does have some “blackout areas” from time to time. During certain periods, they will hire from anywhere while at other times, they have restrictions.
Generally the restrictions are in areas east of I-95, the entire state of Maine and the state of Florida. For the most relelvent and updated information on Swift's hiring areas, contact a Swift recruiter.
The hiring requirements at Swift appear to be about average for most trucking companies. It’s important to be 100% honest with them before you head to their school location as they perform a final background check after your arrival.
Swift is without a doubt the largest motor carrier in the world. This has many advantages as well as some disadvantages. But since nearly every carrier which offers a CDL training program is a larger carrier, the advantages in this case probably outweigh the disadvantages. After all, they are the most successful trucking company on the planet.
This depends on the location of the school they send you to and the state you are from. You may need to take an online course and obtain your CDL permit before you go to the Swift Training Academy, but other locations don’t require it.
While a passport is not required, it is highly recommended.
A valid class-A CDL is all that is required, but it is highly recommended to obtain a HazMat certification and a doubles/triples endorsement to be eligible for possible future opportunities.
While we usually recommend drivers to obtain a HazMat, tanker, and doubles/triples endorsement, it’s especially important with Swift. These endorsements are not required, but many opportunities are available at Swift and you want to make yourself as marketable as possible. So we highly recommend taking all endorsement exams as well as obtaining a US Passport if you don’t already have one.