No Jobs And Grant For CDL

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T.W.'s Comment
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I am currently living in Arizona and barely making it. There are no jobs here. Do I want to go into trucking? No. But I have no other direction since sales jobs and teaching jobs are low paying. I need to improve my financial situation. I have bad asthma and struggle with that. No health insurance and no money. I am working two customer service jobs and the pay stinks. How can anyone live on 8.25 an hour? I should move to Texas where there is work.

I have an opportunity to get a CDL through an WIA grant, but not sure if I can make it through CDL school with my bronchitis and asthma. Coughing all the time and pollution in AZ is terrible. It is like living in L.A.

On the fence on whether I should go for my CDL with grant or just pass it by.


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.
Wine Taster's Comment
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This is not a job you just do. It is a lifestyle. The tone of your post makes me think, you will not make it! People who want to make it do not come up with the reasons that hold them back. They come up with a way to get it done. When you say coughing and wheezing all the time because of pollution....

Ummm, you do realize that there is a ton of diesel fumes, dust, dirt and a very physical job?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah Todd, the fumes were the first thought I had if you're having those kind of issues. If the air quality in Phoenix gives you a hard time, the air quality when you're packed into a truck stop with 250 other trucks or door-to-door at the docks with trucks and reefer units running is going to kill you.

On top of that, you'll often times be picking up at customers with very strong odors in the air - chemical plants, slaughter houses, factories of all sorts....

And ThinkingAboutANewCareer is right - trucking isn't something you jump into to get by for a little while. Even for those of us who were really cut out for trucking and loved it find it to be incredibly challenging and difficult all the time. If you didn't want to be there in the first place you're going to be miserable beyond belief.

Personally I would suggest you look elsewhere. From the tone of your post I'd say you're going to be miserable in trucking for a variety of reasons. You've gotta be highly motivated to make it in this industry. The job and lifestyle are a real grind. They're awesome if you're looking for non-stop adventure and challenges. But that isn't at all the tone of your post. You sound like you're miserable in your current situation and looking for anything better but I don't think you personally are going to find trucking any better than where you're at.


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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