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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

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Peter B.'s Comment
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I'm new too. 6 months ago I made the same choice as you. Prime and Schneider were both on my short list. I didn't even consider Maverick. Not BC they are bad or anything I just never heard of them at the time.

I picked Schneider and I'm happy with the choice. Training with them (at the Carlisle PA OC at least) lasts 3 weeks. Since you have you CDL they expect you to know how to safely handle a truck (which is not the case for all CDL holders).

Week 1 take you out for a few 1 hour drives with a trainer and the rest of the first week is all onboarding and classroom and stuff. The instructors at the training center were absolutely awesome. I learned more in that 1 week than my 6 weeks in CDL school. Being a trainer at an operating center is a very prized job at Schneider and there is high competition for the job which i assume is why they are all so high quality. Not only are they good drivers but they are great teachers and have good communication skills. Anyway after that first week the trainer's decide if you are safe to move on to the next step.

Week 2 you go out on the road with a training engineer. This is not team driving. I drove, he rode passenger. When I ran out of time we parked. He was training me so he had to be on duty when I was driving. He was a Million Mile Driver and a great guy but still I disliked living in a truck with somebody else. The week went by fast though. I ended up in Indianapolis and they bussed me back to Carlisle.

Week 3 you learn the Qualcomm and a couple other things. By midweek we started taking our qualification tests. Pull out of the OC, drive around for an hour or so, back to the OC, 90 degree back between 2 trailers, and your done. I'm not sure how many mistakes you are allowed to make on this test. I made one (canceled signal too early on lane change) and still passed.

After that test you are assigned a truck. You might have to take a bus to go get it and depending on what it is you might need a little more training. For me it was an hour computer course explaining the dash lights and stuff for my model (2017 Cascadia) and an hour out with a trainer showing me how to use automatic 12 speed transmission (all training and tests were done on a 10 speed manual). My first load was to pick up a relay at the OC and take it to my park location and drop it for somebody to relay the rest of the way. I went home for 2 days, came back and my Qualcomm was full of money to be made!!!!

Hope that helps a little.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Peter B.'s Comment
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Sorry I replied before I read the whole conversation. My post really isn't relevant at this point.

Maybe it will help somebody else though lol.

Good luck.

Buck_weat's Comment
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Sorry I replied before I read the whole conversation. My post really isn't relevant at this point.

Maybe it will help somebody else though lol.

Good luck.

Congratulations on your choice, Peter B. Schneider just ended up not being the right fit for me, but it sounds like you are happy there. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure it will help a lot of people.

Buck_weat's Comment
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I'm considering switching to glass because of the pay but it doesn't do me any good for home time. You will earn that cpm for sure. Also, not sure if things have changed but that 1st Tuesday after orientation was a VERY long day lol. Best of luck

Yeah, glass seems to get less home time than the other two. They said today that the average is 1.1 34 hour reset at home per month for the glass division.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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