What Can I Expect?

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SIlent Bob's Comment
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So I'm looking to get into trucking soon. I already have my class A for 3 or 4 years now but never really used it other then doing runs for the family farm. So when I apply to companies like prime or Schneider (I'm leaning towards one of these) what kind of training can I expect to receive? Will I have to go through all the training that people with only permits go through or start as the team?

Steve L.'s Comment
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Schneider has a 17-day orientation and then you're on your own. It is one of the main reasons I chose to start with them.

Schneiderjobs.com has job listings by zip code. Everything recruiter promised was consistent with the position I applied for from the website. Made $40k first year OTR solo.

Good luck!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Mike, since you have no recent OTR experience you'll be going through training with whatever company hires you if you go with one of the majors. Schneider is an excellent choice. You'll have to see what they'll require as far as training goes. You also have the option of one of the Company-Sponsored Training Programs. Those companies have their own schools so they'll train you and get you out on the road as quickly as possible.

You will see schools advertising "refresher courses" but do not sign up for one unless a company says that they will hire you upon completion of a refresher course. Each company has different training requirements and different schools they like to work with.

You're going to want to go on the road with a trainer though, anyhow. There's a lot to learn about OTR driving. Even if you can handle the truck just fine it would still be a mess sending you out there without some guidance, at least for a short time.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
SIlent Bob's Comment
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Thank you guys for the responses so I have a heads up. I am fine with training and will definitely appreciate it. Just was looking for an idea on about how much I'll receive. So Schneider would probably be the better choice in your opinions?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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So Schneider would probably be the better choice in your opinions?

Not necessarily. That's really going to depend on your preferences. Any of the major companies that hire inexperienced drivers can be a great place to work, or they can be a nightmare, and part of that depends on whether or not they suit your needs.

How often do you want to get home?

What type of freight do you want to haul?

Do you want to do any physical labor?

You don't have to answer any of these, they're just examples of the type of questions you'll have to answer for yourself to be able to choose the right company. Both Schneider and Prime are great companies and I'd be happy to go to work for either one. But they're quite different in their offerings. So it comes down to what you're looking for.

Here is some great information on choosing the right truck driving job:

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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