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Swift Transportation Company Overview

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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 Terminal Locations

Swift operates terminals throughout the United States, including:
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Eden, NC
  • Edwardsville, KS
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fontana, CA
  • Gary, IN
  • Greer, SC
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Houston, TX
  • Lancaster, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • Lathrop, CA
  • Lewiston, ID
  • Lomita, CA
  • Manteno, IL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Menasha, WI
  • Grove Hts, MN
  • Ocala, FL
  • OKC, OK
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Richmond, VA
  • SLC, UT
  • Sparks, NV
  • Sumner, WA
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Troutdale, OR

Swift Truck Driving School Locations

Swift Truck Driving School Locations
Swift operates 5 fully functional CDL Truck Driving Schools in the following cities:

Swift Transportation Minimum Hiring Requirements

  • Must be at least 23 years of age (21 if you have served in the military).
  • Possess a valid CDL Class A License (CDL training available).
  • Pass a Swift written test and a Swift road test.
  • No DWI, DUI convictions within the last 5 years.
  • No reckless driving convictions within the last 3 years.
  • No more than one moving violation within the last year and no more than three within the last three years.
  • No major preventable accident within the past twelve months or more than two in the past five years.
  • No more than one driver's license suspension in the past three years.
  • Applicant must provide a current 5 year DMV printout.
  • Applicant must pass the Workwell Physical Assessment, a DOT physical and DOT controlled substance and alcohol testing.
  • A conviction form must be filled out for all misdemeanor or felony convictions. This does not necessarily disqualify you from employment.

Swift Transportation Hiring Zones

Swift Hiring Locations

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.

Advantages Of Swift Transportation

  • As North America's largest truckload carrier, Swift has stable freight and miles.
  • Swift transports a variety of freight from retail to industrial materials - the majority of which is no touch and drop & hook. Divisions include Convention Services, Container, Dedicated, Flatbed, Heavy Haul, Intermodal, Refrigerated and Dry Van.
  • Swift company drivers can earn extra pay for any of the following: detention; extra pick-up and drop-off; layovers; breakdown; loading; unloading; local work; tarp pay, etc.
  • Each Swift truck features Qualcomm on-board computers. They provide wireless communications that help improve driver and dispatcher productivity, reduce fuel consumption, and improve customer service.
  • Swift has TrailerTRACS to help locate trailers and improve utilization of trailer assets.
  • Swift uses over 16,000 late model trucks, 92% of which are less than five years old.
  • Swift features seven “driver comfort zones” across the country. Swift drivers can choose the region they wish to drive to suit their lifestyles.
  • Average home time is one day off for every six days of driving. Regional drivers are home every week.

TruckingTruth's Insights Into Swift's Program So Far

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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 local 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 may have 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.

Preparation For Attending Swift's CDL Training Academy

Do I need to get my CDL permit before attending school?

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.

Do I need a US Passport?

While a passport is not required, it is highly recommended.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

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 future opportunities.

Items To Bring

  • Social Security Card (non-laminated), birth certificate, and Driver’s License.
  • Long form DOT physical and medical card - Must be less than 60 days old and have a minimum of 1 year on expiration date
  • If unemployed for more than 30 days, bring 2 notarized letters stating when and why
  • Calculator, pen or pencil, highlighter, work gloves, flashlight, poncho or rain suit
  • Money for basic living expenses (hotel rooms have a refrigerator, oven, and microwaves)

Clothing To Pack

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  • Appropriate attire. Driving range can get extremely hot so bring a hat and sunscreen in the summer as well as warm clothing for the winter.
  • Collar Length hair, long hair has to be pulled back in a ponytial.
  • Beards and moustaches neatly trimmed.
  • No shorts or tank tops on the range.
  • No sandals, flip flops, or any open toed shoes or excessive jewelry on the range.
  • Glasses and hearing aids if required.
  • Minimum of 7 days worth of clothing (pack in duffel bags, not suitcases); Pack for various weather conditions (bring a jacket and/or sweatshirt).

TruckingTruth's Thoughts So Far

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.

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