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Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Schneider Orientation ๐Ÿ˜…

Congrats brother

Well, I just got out of my evaluation meeting with my trainer. And itโ€™s official- I am a new driver for Schneider!

Schneiderโ€™s drive is scored fail at 16 points and I scored 3 points. Need to check mirrors better and scan intersections better.

Whew - been a wild ride. Three more days left filled with tablet training, trip planning etc etc.

Then off mentors truck for 5-7 days ๐ŸŽ‰

Posted:  3 months ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

I hear you brother and I'm trying just running into roadblocks because of the lack of "employment" history trust me it's not from a lack of effort.

A recruiter from CFI is suppose to call me back tomorrow so I appreciate the lead very much and will keep the thread updated .

Thanks for taking the time from your busy schedule to help.

CFI will reimburse you for your permit, hazmat background check, hazmat and tanker endorsements. All transportation, food, and housing is paid for by them. They also reimburse for your DOT physical. You will need receipts for reimbursement. You would have to drive for them for one year to pay that off, there are no payroll deductions for training. You only owe if you don't complete your year. That year goes by quickly.

Also, you can get going quicker with paid training than with a grant. Governments don't move quickly.

Good luck.

Posted:  3 months ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Thanks for chiming in.

Yes I can print out a statement from my first ssdi check in 2017 to current and can provide anyone the workers comp information from 2014 to 2017.

Wilson and Prime both said no go. Same with Roehl.

And yes the app here on TT is whatni did within 5 minutes of joining the forum. I am in Marlyand. Currently try due to covid the WIOA offices are closed. I have already sent them an email and received a reply that they are working on getting me in touch with the proper individual to discuss my options and see if I qualify. That suggestion was given to me by the gentleman who runs the cdl program at the local community College.

I reached out to CFI today waiting to hear back from them regarding the lack of work history. Fingers crossed.

I will look up the two companies you have mentioned. I don't mind traveling anywhere to get trained. I mean I'm trying to get an OTR job so it would be silly for me to be of the mindset that I don't want to go to such and such a place for training.

I checked a few other companies today including Walmart but seems the good jobs all require quite some OTR experience with a safe record as well. Not my case at the moment.

I am waiting for a recruiter from Melton to call me tomorrow. Im not crazy about going the flat bed route but exploring all options at this point.

Thank you very much for the input and suggestions it is much appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Got the time off approved for Wed the 31st to go take the tanker exam. Hopefully I pass and.come home with my CLP with the tanker endorsement. In the mean time I will keep trying to find company paid training. I also emailed the state to see if I qualify for a grant to help pay for school.

I'm aware you all recommend company paid training but I'm getting no where bevause of my lack of work history from being disabled.

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Hay, Gabriel.

Do you not have 'paystubs' of some sort, being on SSDI ? I would think that would help. Did you do our 'one & done' application, here on TT and yield nothing?

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Also, I see Big Scott suggessted CFI ... that's a worthwhile try, as well, for sure!

Re: the WIOA grant.. there's plenty of information on here; and if you Google it for your state, the application should be right within arms reach. It is in Ohio, anyway! Two more companies I know of that train in Ohio are Dutch Maid Logistics (Optical went with them, if you want to look him up...after expiring all else) and Mast Trucking. Mast, however, is 'new' to the training (and it's PAID TRAINING!) so I'm not sure how 'picky' they may be... but there's a handful of a few more for ya, anywho!

Best to you, sir!

~ Anne ~

Posted:  3 months ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Got the time off approved for Wed the 31st to go take the tanker exam. Hopefully I pass and.come home with my CLP with the tanker endorsement. In the mean time I will keep trying to find company paid training. I also emailed the state to see if I qualify for a grant to help pay for school.

I'm aware you all recommend company paid training but I'm getting no where bevause of my lack of work history from being disabled.

Posted:  3 months ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

No I have not tried CFI, I will look into them today as I can in between work orders. Thanks for the heads up.

Have you tried CFI. If you can prove your unemployment and employment history and they take you, we have no team driving in training.

If you have any other questions, let me know. Have to roll.

Posted:  3 months ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Another no today due to lack of work history from being sick ๐Ÿ˜’

Posted:  3 months ago

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Schneider Orientation ๐Ÿ˜…

Ok thanks. I will give them a shout tomorrow and see what they say. There are plenty of schools around here maybe one of them is on their gtg list.

You have to double check Gabriel. When I went through they had paid cdl training. You just had to have a private cdl school nearby that they approved of. Thatโ€™s what I did and than went to orientation immediately after. But that was years ago.

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Congrats on your new endeavor brother ๐Ÿ‘

Quick question, Schneider only hires licensed drivers right? No CDL training?

Thanks

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Posted:  3 months ago

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6 months in..

I'm still trying to figure out why my picture won't upload to change my avatar photo lol ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Thanks! Iโ€™ll post pics of I knew how to on here. I felt like an old man trying to figure it out lol. Definitely glad to have gotten over covid.

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Well yโ€™all, I just passed my six month mark since officially being hired after Cdl school at Millis.

I love this job more every day. The stuff that used to worry me are small potatoes now. Itโ€™s amazing the things that just happen now without me getting nervous or worried. Just today, I took wrong turn and ended up on a side street leading to a residential neighborhood. Instead of worrying, I pulled over, looked on my phone at aerial map of my location and found an easy and safe way out of it, and made it look like it was my intention still along.

Iโ€™ve been to 20 states in the past 6 month, and one of them, I was not driving. Hospitalized with Covid pneumonia. For 1.5 of those months, I was running with my trainer, so Iโ€™ve only been on my own for maybe 3.5 months. Iโ€™m still happy they gave me a brand new kenworth with 40 miles on it, and I treat it like my own. Iโ€™m at 35,000 miles now, so 10k per month, 2500 a week, and stop home every weekend.

Iโ€™m looking at other options to learn once I finish my year here. I may end up staying. Iโ€™m happy here. I rarely hear from my dispatcher, I plan my own route and schedule, as long as Iโ€™m on time, I hear nothing. If Iโ€™m going to be late, as long as I let dispatch know, again, I hear nothing. Iโ€™m wondering though if I might like flatbed or tanker though.

Iโ€™m taking my daughter out for her spring break. She wants to go see the Gulf of Mexico. Asked my dispatcher and he says heโ€™s gonna do setting he can to make it happen.

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Wow, tripletdad!!!!! Hope the KIDS are well, glad YOU are too!

OMG I'm so sorry about the Covid crap. Happened to a FEW of the guys on here, dangit! Glad you bounced back!! Nice new truck, to boot!!! Bet its awesome ..... Pix someday ?!?!? :)

Re: the 'hiccup' / wrong turn ~ That's the way do do it; act like a CAT (feline) and be like "I MEANT to do that!" Hahahaha!!

I'm SO happy for you, good sir!! ENJOY the kiddo, most of all. It's phenominal. We did it for a small while; memories for sure!!

MAJOR CONGRATS!!!! MANY milestones. . . . so glad to hear !!!

~ Anne ~

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Schneider Orientation ๐Ÿ˜…

Perfect thanks.

Your jiu jitsu talk brought back some memories. Been sooo long since I rolled around on a mat.

Good luck !

Thanks so much!

Thatโ€™s correct, to the best of my knowledge. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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Congrats on your new endeavor brother ๐Ÿ‘

Quick question, Schneider only hires licensed drivers right? No CDL training?

Thanks

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Posted:  3 months ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Ok so here goes. I've been back and forth with myself all weekend about this.

I have done research on here and I understand the advice that is given. I want to get that out of the way as then you guys will see I'm not some kid saying hey tell me what to do. And im not asking anyone to tell me what to do just looking 5o clear up some advice before I make a decision thay is not smiled upon here for new drivers.

So company paid training over private school, no dollar general BS , and no team driving , am I missing something?

I passed the General Knowledge, Combination, and Air Brakes section with no issue. I missed the tanker section by one question and will be going back on the 31st for a retest as that was the soonest available appointment. And im gonna have to take some time off from work to go do it but I am going to do it.

I have had (2) companies decline me because of my lack of work history from being disabled. One of the recruiters told me after 6 months at my current employer to reach back out and he will see what he can do but he needs at least that. The other recruiter flat out told me we require three years and I've never seen the company forgive more than 1 year of the three for any reason.

Still waiting on one of the companies but ever since speaking to the recruiter about this I have heard nothing from her. But I already emailed her yesterday when I got home from the DMV after taking my exams. Hoping that passing will show I want this and I'm willing to work for it and that with clean history and DL that might give me a shot.

The only company so far to offer to bring me to their training facility for company paid training does team driving. So there in lies my conundrum. Do I take that opportunity despite team driving not being recommended and suck it up for the term of the contract until I can go somewhere else? Do I consider maybe now putting myself through school? Just stay at my current job until I've been there longer and try again?

I have always been fascinated by big trucks since I was a kid. I was a fireman for many years and anytime I got to drive drive the shift I was all smiles ear to ear. Even on the rescue trucks we had which we internationals I drove every chance I could because I just loved it and there was plenty of chance because most of the guys didn't want the responsibility that came with driving around in such a big city.

Getting back to work now I started working at a local garage as a lube tech using the knowledge I have growing up working on cars to earn me a check. I love where I work the environment my co workers my bosses the owner etc. But when the owner took me on it was very clear for both of us he was helping me get back on my feet and that I would look for something else. They will have me as long as I stay and I have gotten two raises in the last three months but this is a 3 bay garage and the two other mechanics have been working there since they were kids. One is the bosses son in law. I won't be moving up there is no where to go.

I have been on the waiting list for diesel tech programs since the end of last year but covid has everything continually getting pushed back around here.

I have been back and forth with the idea of driving again just on a bigger scale for a while. This website has been a tremendous resource. I read Brett's Book yesterday start to finish in a few hours. I used the study guides on here to help me pass my exams. And I applied to the paid company programs through the link on here. Have the driver pulse app downloaded to keep track of things and auto fill applications when necessary etc.

I'm no crazier about being stuck in a confined space with another human I barely know for work than you guys are about rookies taking on team driving but right now as far as company paid training it's looking like the only show in town for me unfortunately.

Sorry for the long post just clearing my head and making sure I am sharing what I have done thus far to put myself in the best position possible to pursue this career.

Thanks

Posted:  3 months ago

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Schneider Orientation ๐Ÿ˜…

Congrats on your new endeavor brother ๐Ÿ‘

Quick question, Schneider only hires licensed drivers right? No CDL training?

Thanks

Posted:  3 months ago

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2020 Freightliner Cascadia bunk climate control

But then it's not a heater trick ๐Ÿ˜

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set a can of soup, chili or whatever single-can meal you like, right in front of the heater vent

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Isn't it easier to use a microwave? :-)

Posted:  3 months ago

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In need of some blunt honesty concerning my chances

Yes definitely I am in the process of weighing my options myself was just curious. I just hadn't heard of it being done that way with anyone besides Wilson. I will check out Knight as well thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€

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You starting with Wilson?

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Some of the folks that have been here a long time can tell you better. Im just fixing to start company paid school on Monday. I do have a ton of experience with speeding tickets however. As long as they are documented at under 10 mph, and you did not have a CDL nor a CLP at the time, many companies will still hire you, but it depends on their hiring policies. As far as the accident goes, I think a lot of that would depend on how it is handled and documented through the company you are/were working for.

It brings up a great point that was brought up to me and changed the direction I was going to go in. Old School and many others here have ample reasons why it would be more advantageous for you to pursue company paid/sponsored CDL training. I bring this up because you mentioned that you were saving up tuition. In doing so, you could find yourself finishing school, getting a nice fancy looking CDL and not having a job after spending all that hard earned money. CDL school only teaches you how to qualify for the bare minimum requirements to get a CDL. It doesnt teach you how to become a driver, nor do you get the needed experience. As it is, Most companies require experience and like to see you in at least 6 months of OTR before they will even touch you. I can attest to this, I have a stack of denials from companies that I tried to get on with when I was going to go the self paid route.

The company Im starting with on Monday, while not paying for my school per say, has some skin in the game. Im already hired and will be getting paid to attend their school, paid to train with them and am getting the schooling on a low cost zero interest loan thats deducted from my checks in small amounts. In addition, I get to train in the same tractors and trailers I will be driving for them.

Id highly recommend looking into the links here for Paid CDL training and resource materials available. Paid CDL Training Programs

Truck Driver's Career Guide

And Im not sure how to link on but the article of Why I prefer company paid CDL training to self paid CDL school. If someone can link to it.

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Knight Transportation. They are a little bit different than most, youre actually hired before you start with them, so youre earning a paycheck the day you start school. But, you have to pay for your hotel, etc. It works out about the same as far as I can tell. There are a lot of factors to look at between one company and another in regards to training, costs, pay, length of time etc.

Posted:  3 months ago

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In need of some blunt honesty concerning my chances

You starting with Wilson?

Some of the folks that have been here a long time can tell you better. Im just fixing to start company paid school on Monday. I do have a ton of experience with speeding tickets however. As long as they are documented at under 10 mph, and you did not have a CDL nor a CLP at the time, many companies will still hire you, but it depends on their hiring policies. As far as the accident goes, I think a lot of that would depend on how it is handled and documented through the company you are/were working for.

It brings up a great point that was brought up to me and changed the direction I was going to go in. Old School and many others here have ample reasons why it would be more advantageous for you to pursue company paid/sponsored CDL training. I bring this up because you mentioned that you were saving up tuition. In doing so, you could find yourself finishing school, getting a nice fancy looking CDL and not having a job after spending all that hard earned money. CDL school only teaches you how to qualify for the bare minimum requirements to get a CDL. It doesnt teach you how to become a driver, nor do you get the needed experience. As it is, Most companies require experience and like to see you in at least 6 months of OTR before they will even touch you. I can attest to this, I have a stack of denials from companies that I tried to get on with when I was going to go the self paid route.

The company Im starting with on Monday, while not paying for my school per say, has some skin in the game. Im already hired and will be getting paid to attend their school, paid to train with them and am getting the schooling on a low cost zero interest loan thats deducted from my checks in small amounts. In addition, I get to train in the same tractors and trailers I will be driving for them.

Id highly recommend looking into the links here for Paid CDL training and resource materials available. Paid CDL Training Programs

Truck Driver's Career Guide

And Im not sure how to link on but the article of Why I prefer company paid CDL training to self paid CDL school. If someone can link to it.

Posted:  3 months ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

It's my fault for not listening to what we were always told on the Fire Dept. Never change your answer unless you're 100% sure your initial choice is incorrect. Like you said if we misread the question etc. A lot of our training in the academy was tips on test taking because you have to get through so much stuff in the books besides all the physical work that needs to be done and comprehended. Just been like 8 years since I have taken any kind of test or studied for anything lol. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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The kicker is the questions I got wrong I changed to the wrong answer second guessing myself. If I had left my first choice alone they all would have been right.

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This is a fact: your first answer looks shaky and you want to change it, your first try is often the correct one. Obviously if you realize you misunderstood the question or found a mistake in you're own calculating, change the answer. But if you're simply just kind of shaky on "which one is it", don't make the change.

I taught middle school for 12 years (with all those multiple choice state achievement tests) and taught a CDL permit class for a bit at Swift. It is possible to pass some multiple choice tests without even knowing the topic, which you almost proved!

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Yes I was on a computer. Thanks for explaining I didn't know that's how the skip worked. I figured it would just circle back at the end.

Like I said full disclosure I haven't studied one minute for the tanker portion yet just gave it a shot the lady said what's the worst that happens you come back and do it which you're gonna do anyways after you study. On the last of the 20 questions I got it wrong and failed if I had gotten it right I would have passed lol. So close. The kicker is the questions I got wrong I changed to tje wrong answer second guessing myself. If I had left my first choice alone they all would have been right. Should have left them be lol. No biggie though I'll just go back on the 31st and get it done and leave with the learners permit.

But thanks for clarifying about the skips I didn't realize thats how it worked. Wish I had known that this morning lol.

Gabe, If MD uses computer testing (I think all states do by now), do this:

If you can skip a question, and you are not pretty sure of the answer, skip it! You will continue to get more questions. The goal is to get 15 correct answers (out of 20). So, if you can answer 15 correctly and skip the iffy ones, you pass! The test will stop once you get that 15 - no need to answer more than the minimum!

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Well minor update.

I went to take my written exam. As someone posted previously in this thread, in MD you cannot take the hazmat portion of the test until after you have a permit. The same goes for the Doubles/Triples.

I took the General Knowledge, Combination, and Aor brakes section and only missed two questions total so was happy about that. At the suggestion of the test administrator I attempted the Tanker endorsement which I have not studied for at all and I literally missed by one question. The lady told me to wait to get the learners permit until after I pass the tanker portion so I don't have to pay twice and pay more money.

I am scheduled to go back for the Tanker section on the morning of March 31st. Will be focusing my study time to that now. This is not a requirement for CRST but I rather do it now and get it over with. I am also hoping Wilson will make an exception on my lack of work history due to disability and offer me a position. I much rather go work for them.

I will update the thread as there is reason to. It was unfortunate Prime would not take me die to the lack of work history but hey everything happens for a reason right. Worst case scenario I will be heading for school for crst in a couple of months.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I will await Monday to be a year older and begin my studies for the tanker portion of the test.

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

So that you all may update your list. I was informed today that CRST now does both Hair Folicle and UA testing.

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

I wanted to go to your company but the recruiter told me I need 2-3 years of verifiable work experience and my time disabled disqualifies me. He said if I stayed with my current Employer for 6 months I could contact him again and "maybe" they would make an exception. You guys were one of the companies at the top of my list and the first company I spoke with via telephone.

The other company that made me an offer to go to school said this was Nuys with the demand for drivers and me not having any issues with background or DL. I don't know enough to say anything either way just looking to put my life back together and have a rewarding and stable career again.

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Congrats.... Keep in mind that is not a job offer. It is an invitation to orientation and the entire training process including once you started your salary employment is an interview. Keep a good attitude and understand you are on equal footing with others until you prove yourself as a star. It is a competition of sorts.

With that said..i started at a company expecting to stay a year and got home. I have been here ever since....5.5 years later.

Good luck

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Thanks for replying. I have no dilusions about what is happening and know full well things will just increase in difficulty not get easier. I'm just grateful for the opportunity at hand which is all I need.

3 more days until the written exam. Fingers crossed.

Congrats.... Keep in mind that is not a job offer. It is an invitation to orientation and the entire training process including once you started your salary employment is an interview. Keep a good attitude and understand you are on equal footing with others until you prove yourself as a star. It is a competition of sorts.

With that said..i started at a company expecting to stay a year and got home. I have been here ever since....5.5 years later.

Good luck

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