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Covenant Transport Company Profile

Covenant Transport

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.

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Terminal Locations

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Hutchins, Texas
  • Horizon City, Texas
  • Pomona, California
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dalton, Georgia
  • Sayreville, New Jersey
  • Long Beach, California
  • Laredo, Texas
  • French Camp, California
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tipp City, Ohio

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have graduated from a qualified truck driving school within last 12 months (min. 120-hr curriculum) or have recent truck driving experience
  • Must be at least 21 yrs of age
  • Have a valid Class A CDL
  • Must have HazMat endorsement within 6 months of joining Covenant
  • Provide Social Security card or other personal identification
  • Verifiable employment for past 3 yrs
  • No more than 3 moving violations in past 3 yrs (no reckless driving in past 3 yrs)
  • No DUI, drug/alcohol-related motor vehicle incidents in last 5 yrs (no more than 1 total and none as a CDL-endorsed driver)
  • No more than 1 preventable accident in motor vehicle in last 3 yrs
  • No drug/violent felony convictions within past 10 yrs. No current parole or arrest warrants
  • No license suspensions in the last 12 months—no more than one in last 3 yrs
  • No speeding citations of 15 mph or above in last 12 months
  • Must pass drug test, DOT/Covenant physical and Covenant Physical Aptitude Test and meet DOT driving standards

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.

Hiring Area

These cities are considered to be the "core hiring areas" for Covenant Transport:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Columbus, OH
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Allentown, PA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Nashville, TN

Operating Area

While team operated trucks travel throughout the lower 48 United States, most solo drivers will stay east of the Mississippi river.

Company Training Duration

Phase One:

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.

Phase Two:

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:

  • Continue to run as a team in the Team XL Division.
  • Apply through their Fleet Manager to run in the Solo OTR Division if they reside/take time off in an area where the company accepts solo drivers.
  • Apply for a lane in the Dedicated Division.
    • The Dedicated Division may have other factors drivers have to meet in addition to their home time location.

Forced To Team After Training?

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.

Type Of Freight

Covenant Transport uses 53ft dry van trailers.

Pay

During Training
Team Driver Division
Solo OTR
  • 1 - 3 Months: $0.13 per mile
  • 4 - 6 Months: $0.15 per mile
  • 1 - 6 Months: $0.15 per mile
  • 4 - 6 Months: $0.15 per mile
  • 7 - 12 Months: $0.16 per mile
  • 1 Year: $0.17 per mile
  • 3 Years: $0.18 per mile
  • 5 Years: $0.19 per mile
  • 7 Years+: $0.20 per mile
  • 1 - 12 Months: $0.25 per mile
  • 1 Year: $0.27 per mile
  • 2 Years: $0.28 per mile
  • 3 Years: $0.29 per mile
  • 4 Years: $0.30 per mile
  • 5 Years+: $0.31 per mile

NOTE - All companies pay a little differently. It's best to compare the payscale with other similar companies:

Benefits

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

Tuition reimbursement is paid at $125 per month, up to $6,000.

Hometime Policy

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.

Rider And Pet Policy

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 Opportunities

Team driving opportunities do exist and they have a larger hiring area for those wishing to drive a team truck.

Canada Border Crossing Policy

Drivers are not required to cross into Canada.

New York City Dispatch

Company drivers may be required to pickup, deliver, or travel through New York City on occasion.

Hazardous Materials

A hazardous materials endorsement is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Drivers receive additional pay for transporting hazardous materials.

Drop And Hook

80% of all freight is drop and hook.

Forced Dispatch

Company drivers are forced dispatched.

Local / Regional / Dedicated Opportunities

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.

Average Age Of Equipment

Most trucks are less than 3 years old.

Transmission Type

10 speed manual transmissions.

Speed Of Trucks

The majority of trucks are set at 62mph.

APU / Idle Policy

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.

Electronic / Paper Logs

The company is currently in the process of switching all trucks to electronic logs.

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