Headed To Swift Driving Academy In Kansas City, MO

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John G.'s Comment
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Well, after what seems like an eternity of research about trucking here and elsewhere, it looks like I'm about to take the plunge. I put in my application with a few companies that have CDL schools and Swift was the first to respond. Of course I'll consider one of the others and report back when and if I get any other offers. But for now I'm gonna go ahead and plan for starting school on June 1st.

My first question is... Has anyone even heard of Swift having a school in Kansas City? It's not listed on their profile here at TruckingTruth. It's not even listed on Swift's website! My recruiter from Swift, Joan, told me she'd be emailing me the details soon. But I'd like some info from anyone that's either been through that school, or even heard of it. Lol

I'm one of those people that try to be over prepared for everything, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Any advice for a newbie? Anyone working for Swift now or in the past wanna give me any advice? I don't mind hearing complaints about them as long as they are valid and helpful to my situation, but I'd rather hear the positives of what I should expect.

Thanks a lot for everything I've already learned from this site. I'm sure it will remain a great resource for years to come. Wish me luck on this next chapter of my life! 😊

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bleemus's Comment
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Anyone planning on going to school should start on the High Road Training Program here on this site before attending. Those who have completed it report they are miles ahead of the other students when they get to school and let's them concentrate on driving more.

Keep us posted and get ready for a real challenge.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Anyone planning on going to school should start on the High Road Training Program here on this site before attending. Those who have completed it report they are miles ahead of the other students when they get to school and let's them concentrate on driving more.

Keep us posted and get ready for a real challenge.

I agree I have gone thru it twice now once a year ago and just recently completed it again and now continue to go thru practice questions, almost feel I have the material memorized I should be good to go for my start toward the end of june

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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Well, after what seems like an eternity of research about trucking here and elsewhere, it looks like I'm about to take the plunge. I put in my application with a few companies that have CDL schools and Swift was the first to respond. Of course I'll consider one of the others and report back when and if I get any other offers. But for now I'm gonna go ahead and plan for starting school on June 1st.

My first question is... Has anyone even heard of Swift having a school in Kansas City? It's not listed on their profile here at TruckingTruth. It's not even listed on Swift's website! My recruiter from Swift, Joan, told me she'd be emailing me the details soon. But I'd like some info from anyone that's either been through that school, or even heard of it. Lol

I'm one of those people that try to be over prepared for everything, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Any advice for a newbie? Anyone working for Swift now or in the past wanna give me any advice? I don't mind hearing complaints about them as long as they are valid and helpful to my situation, but I'd rather hear the positives of what I should expect.

Thanks a lot for everything I've already learned from this site. I'm sure it will remain a great resource for years to come. Wish me luck on this next chapter of my life! 😊

Bubber, I'm going to Swift May 31st in Kansas City, Mo, that's not the actual school. You'll go there to drug test, physical, and etc, you'll be there for 4 days, then you'll be going to Salt Lake City, Utah for 9 days of training at the Swift Terminal. I have the training sheet if you need it, just message me your email and I'll email it to you. But you'll be in Missouri Mon-Fri, Saturday you'll get on bus for Salt Lake City and do 9 day training. The Salt Lake City training is accelerated program to get you through training faster and with your OTR trainer.

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.

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.
Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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I have also done HRTP and it's very very very helpful!!!

John G.'s Comment
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Well, after what seems like an eternity of research about trucking here and elsewhere, it looks like I'm about to take the plunge. I put in my application with a few companies that have CDL schools and Swift was the first to respond. Of course I'll consider one of the others and report back when and if I get any other offers. But for now I'm gonna go ahead and plan for starting school on June 1st.

My first question is... Has anyone even heard of Swift having a school in Kansas City? It's not listed on their profile here at TruckingTruth. It's not even listed on Swift's website! My recruiter from Swift, Joan, told me she'd be emailing me the details soon. But I'd like some info from anyone that's either been through that school, or even heard of it. Lol

I'm one of those people that try to be over prepared for everything, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Any advice for a newbie? Anyone working for Swift now or in the past wanna give me any advice? I don't mind hearing complaints about them as long as they are valid and helpful to my situation, but I'd rather hear the positives of what I should expect.

Thanks a lot for everything I've already learned from this site. I'm sure it will remain a great resource for years to come. Wish me luck on this next chapter of my life! 😊

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Bubber, I'm going to Swift May 31st in Kansas City, Mo, that's not the actual school. You'll go there to drug test, physical, and etc, you'll be there for 4 days, then you'll be going to Salt Lake City, Utah for 9 days of training at the Swift Terminal. I have the training sheet if you need it, just message me your email and I'll email it to you. But you'll be in Missouri Mon-Fri, Saturday you'll get on bus for Salt Lake City and do 9 day training. The Salt Lake City training is accelerated program to get you through training faster and with your OTR trainer.

Thanks a lot for the clarification. My recruiter still hasn't emailed me anything. I've already called her back once and still nothing. What you describe sounds a lot different than what I've read about Swift's schooling. How do you get everything done in only 9 days?! That sounds scary.

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.

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.
Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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It's a major cram session of Pre-Trip, basic driving and backing, they want you to get out with trainer asap and get you going. I emailed you the training sheet.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Eckoh's Comment
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The edwardville kansas terminal is not a bad terminal, its got a decent amount of room, however getting a load out of there BLOWS, however the "Asia House" has awesome chinease food.

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.

John G.'s Comment
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Well, I finally got to talk to my recruiter again today. Looks like I'm all set up to start school on June 1st. I'm a little nervous and excited. 😁 Anyone else gonna be in my class? Let me know.

Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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Well, I finally got to talk to my recruiter again today. Looks like I'm all set up to start school on June 1st. I'm a little nervous and excited. 😁 Anyone else gonna be in my class? Let me know.

Yeah I'll be in your class, I have also talked to someone else on here that will be in class with us also, he replied to my post in CDL Training Diaries.

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.
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