Covenant Transport is a faith-based truckload carrier based out of Chattanooga, TN. The company began in 1986 with just 25 tractors and 50 trailers. Since that time, Covenant has grown to more than 3,600 tractors and 9,500 trailers operating throughout North America.
Contact a recruiter for a complete list of requirements regarding driving and criminal records. If you are disqualified at driver orientation for something you did not disclose ahead of time, you will be responsible for your own transportation home.
These cities are considered to be the "core hiring areas" for Covenant Transport:
While team operated trucks travel throughout the lower 48 United States, most solo drivers will stay east of the Mississippi river.
You will receive one-on-one instruction with a trainer on his or her truck 24/7, learning more than 40 essential functions in and around a big rig on live loads. It’s designed to prepare graduates for real life as a commercial trucker. This phase lasts approximately 35 days.
Once phase one has been completed, you will continue to phase two where you will be paired with a co-driver for at least 180 days. Once you graduate from phase two, CDL Grads have the following options:
Yes, after training all drivers will be paired with another phase 2 driver to run as a team operation for a minimum of 120 days. After 120 days, drivers are able to apply for solo positions but a solo position is not guaranteed.
Covenant Transport uses 53ft dry van trailers.
NOTE - All companies pay a little differently. It's best to compare the payscale with other similar companies:
After 90 days of employment you will be eligible to participate in the group discount dental, vision, health and life insurance plans as well as holiday pay. After 1 year, you will become eligible for 401k and paid vacation time.
Tuition reimbursement is paid at $125 per month, up to $6,000.
Drivers earn 1 day off for every 7 days spent on the road. Drivers will be expected to stay out on the road for at least 3 weeks at a time, although if you live in a major freight lane you may have loads pass by your home.
Drivers are allowed to have approved riders in the truck with them and a pet is also allowed with a non-refundable pet deposit.
Team driving opportunities do exist and they have a larger hiring area for those wishing to drive a team truck.
Drivers are not required to cross into Canada.
Company drivers may be required to pickup, deliver, or travel through New York City on occasion.
A hazardous materials endorsement is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Drivers receive additional pay for transporting hazardous materials.
80% of all freight is drop and hook.
Company drivers are forced dispatched.
After gaining a minimum of 6 to 12 months of experience, there may be some regional or dedicated opportunities available depending on where you live.
Most trucks are less than 3 years old.
10 speed manual transmissions.
The majority of trucks are set at 62mph.
Some trucks are equipped with APU's but the majority of trucks are not. Drivers may idle their trucks up to 30 % of total engine running time. Any idle time over 30% is charged to the driver at $5.00 per hr.
The company is currently in the process of switching all trucks to electronic logs.
Remember, you should always explore as many options as possible before deciding on a company.