Not Hired PRIME I Am A Little Bit Upset And Frustrated??

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Reyn R.'s Comment
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Dammm Reyn... Well said, well said...

I am reaching out to other companies currently... Do you have your CDL now? or you going threw a training?? because you said March?? I know i will find a company that will work with me.. Thanks

Nah brother. No CDL. My timeline is real tight. I have to get to Florida the last week of February, get my permit there, get my regular license transferred there, insure & register my car there then get ready for orientation on the 5th.

Im going for company paid training with either Knight or Swift. That date is for Knight, 3 days of orientation at their terminal in Florida. If all works out, setting off for training in Phoenix at their Squire Academy.

Good on you for keeping the ball rolling. It’s easy if you persist through all the hard points.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Gladhand's Comment
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Swift has a yard in Albuquerque, it is where I am based out of. Are you in Albuquerque? Prime didn't take me either, just the way it goes.

DEE GUIDO F.'s Comment
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Hey Gladhand,

Yes i am in Albuquerque, NM.... Does Swift allow SOLO after TNT?

I noticed SWIFT has one here i was looking into SWIFT what do you recommend?

Thanks

Swift has a yard in Albuquerque, it is where I am based out of. Are you in Albuquerque? Prime didn't take me either, just the way it goes.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Gladhand's Comment
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Not sure what TNT is but basically swift will bus you to Phoenix, you will do school for about 3 weeks, 4 if you have to repeat one of the weeks. Afterwards you will go to orientation if you make it through orientation you are hired and will be out with a trainer for 200 hrs behind the wheel time. 50 hrs will be supervised the other 150 will be teaming. Once you complete the hours you will go to a terminal in which you will test out to go solo. Swift doesn't do forced teams.

Also you have the opportunity to do walmart dedicated in Los Lunas, shuttle (drive to location to trade trailer with another swift driver then drive back, side note this position usually goes to those with more seniority), and costco.

You may have to do OTR for a bit, but those options are available. The Albuqerque terminal is awesome, I have nothing but good things to say. They have taken good care of me and get me home. I live up in Springer, NM and they always get me home.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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