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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The Local Thread

I have an interview scheduled next week for a Combo Local/Regional position at Estes Express Lines. Keeping my fingers crossed. I left Schneider a little while ago after driving in their Jet Set otr van division. I applied four days ago, and I was called yesterday, filled out two electronic forms, and received a call this morning asking if I was still interested in the job (YES) then was scheduled for the interview with the TM next week. If hired, I will post my experiences to share with everyone.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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How long did they last in trucking?

I'm still here. I lurk more than I post because most of my questions/concerns have been answered by the fine members and moderators on this site. I was driving for Schneider on their Jet Set otr van fleet, but quit because the flying and truck recovery was getting old. Despite this, I would recommend Schneider to anyone wanting to start their career in trucking. I have an interview scheduled next week for Estes Express Lines. Pending the outcome of this interview, I'll be posting in the Local thread. It's for a Combo Local/Regional position.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

G-Town, I have shopped at all those stores that you've mentioned.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

FWIW I asked if this position included any account with the word "dollar" in it, because that's a young man's job and I can't be doing that. I was told that I would be otr. That remains to be seen. They also have Walmart dedicated that sounds good. The reviews are favorable.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

Roehl does the same thing, but it's for drivers with 6 months exp. minimum.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

It's cheaper than dead heading, and I'm sure Schneider got a big discount from the airlines. Also, this seems like a good opportunity for me living down here. Look at the bright side; I don't have to worry about where to park for home time.

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I don't think they're daycabs - you just don't have a truck you "call home".

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Ok, figured that might be the case.

I'm surprised Schneider does this at all. It doesn't seem to me like a particularly lucrative option for them by the time they pay for all those plane tickets.

Of course, if they're sending you directly to areas low on manpower, they can keep you running pretty hard and maybe make up for the extra expense of plane tickets. Regardless, seems like a good opportunity for a newbie in Florida trying to get started in this career. If you can deal with the added inconvenience for just six months to a year, more opportunities should open up near you.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

Thank you all for your feedback. I am going to call the recruiter back and ask more in depth questions( what about?, what if?). Then I'll make my decision.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

I'm definitely going to talk to the recruiter some more before I apply. Their recruiters are pretty decent; they're not evasive or give " I don't know I'll have to check" answers.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

Lived in Burlington County. Lived in Delran Twp., Palmyra, Mount Laurel, and Marlton through the years. Spent the first 10 years of my life in Atco, Camden County.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

From what I was told, OTR is anywhere from I35 to east. They have otr, tank, Walmart dedicated, and intermodal. It's slip seat and you have to fly, but you don't have to worry about where to park the truck. I think it's a good deal for my situation. If it pans out, I will post about it. I used to live in NJ hence the Exit #4 nickname.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

It's for drivers that live in areas like south Florida, Maine, and Alaska. They fly you to which ever OC has more trucks than drivers (slip seat), and you run for three weeks then fly home for 5 full days off.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Schneider air mobile fleet. 3 weeks out 5 days home.

Anyone from Schneider doing this? Considering this after speaking with a recruiter.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL refresher course

Western Express has a refresher program for people that already have a cdl. KLLM and Melton also have a program. Call their recruiters to get more details. I spoke with a Schneider recruiter, and it was three days at a school in Newport, Minn.,then go to Green Bay for the eighteen day orientation. I checked their jobs page and it now says that they partner with select schools. I plan to apply for this in July after I attend my grandson's hs graduation. For a guy like me with no experience living in South Florida it's not a bad deal. The only positions they have available are 3 weeks out 5 days home, and they fly you to which OC has more trucks than drivers. Recruiter was straight up about it. I'm going for it, and I'll post about it when it happens.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Here I go.

Yes it is. John Young and Oak Ridge. You get a lot of training for your money. Day one was getting settled in and homework assignments, trip planning and map reading with some log book lessons. Day two was driving in reverse around the track with bob tails keeping it between the barrels. Day three was coupling and uncoupling. We're off for the holiday and Monday it's backing and shifting.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Here I go.

Started class today at Mid Florida Tech. A lot to learn. I can do this.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Orientation with CCC Transportation (Comcar Industries)

I start school at Mid Florida Tech on the 29th. CT is on my list of companies to apply to.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

I start school on June 29th and I contacted them to see if they hired students from the Orlando area. They don't hire below I-10. A shame they seem like a good company. Oh well, there's others.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Thanks TT

Well, I took my general knowledge,airbrake,and combination tests today and passed. Got my permit and I'll be at Mid Florida Tech in June. Will get my other endorsements after I'm in school on my days off. Taking practice tests on this site paid off. Thanks again.

Posted:  3 years ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

As a teenager I delivered newspapers,mowed lawns,pumped gas. After high school, I worked as a laborer for a cement contractor. Then I joined the cement masons union and worked as a cement mason from 1980-2010. Decided to retire with my 30 year pension, then took a job as a porter at a car dealer until I moved to Florida. Now I'm gearing up to go to school to do what I've wanted to do since I was a teenager. One of my buddies from back in the day worked the dock at Carolina, became a driver, then went to New Penn. Was always telling me that he could hook me up. Should've listened to him.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Had a great day today thanks to this forum!

I've been taking the tests here. Great system! I shouldn't have any problems passing the permit tests. Going to enroll at Mid Florida Tech start school at the end of June.

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