Profile For OshagHennesy

OshagHennesy's Info

  • Location:
    san diego, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:
    OshagHennesy On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 1 month ago

OshagHennesy's Bio

Currently active duty military (Marine). I completed CDL training at Miller-Motte Technical College in Jacksonville, NC. Aside from the 6-wk training, I have no real world experience. I will leave the military after 13 years of service in April of 2017. I reside in San Diego, CA and hope to start a new career with Werner Trucking after the military.

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Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Spoke With Werner

I can't hire on until April because that's when my contract is up.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Spoke With Werner

I spoke with Katie of Werner recruiting on Tuesday. I wrote down a few questions I wanted answered:

Q. Where would I go for training? (I'm in San Diego, CA) A. Nearest terminal is Fontana, CA.

Q. When should I begin my application? A. Grad certificate is good for 3 yrs. Apply before the 3rd yr anniversary of completing a CDL school and I can go on as a student driver.

Q. Endorsements? A. Not needed but encouraged.

Q. Is relocation necessary? A. Your truck goes where ever you go. So you can live anywhere in the 48 states. *my brother who has over 10yrs experience, advises against taking the truck home*

Q. Veteran's Programs? A. I can get the money that I used from my GI Bill to pay for my course, payed back to me at $250/mo., up to $7500.

Q. Average Pay? A. 35 cents/mi (solo) and 42 cents/mi (team)

Q. What if the trainer is not a good fit? A. You may request a new trainer at any time.

If there are other questions that I missed -and I'm sure there are- please advise. I'll be applying in February of 2017, hoping for a start date of NLT April 6, 2017.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Career Change: Leaving Marine Corps to Hit the Open Road

I've decided to hang up the uniform after 13 years (E-6/SSgt). I first got a CDL back in 2014 in North Carolina but transferred to California. I didn't take the CDL written test when I got to California. I've been told that I'll only have to take the written to get the CDL back. However, I feel that driving in California is different and probably more difficult than North Carolina because of the mountainous regions which I have no experience in. So I feel I should attend another truck driving school. I'm located in San Diego, CA and have Western Truck Driving School in mind. I'm open to suggestions about company sponsored training and good companies that will give a rookie a chance to get their start.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Understanding CSA and SAFER Scoring System

Hi ladies and gents. I'm trying to do a little investigating of my own into a few companies. I really want to understand how companies are rated according to the CSA and SAFER systems so that I can make a good decision about a company. I feel that it is important to know because it gives me a little insight into how serious a company takes safety. If they are having a lot of targeted inspections that means that they may not be training the drivers all that well or that the driver just doesn't care. It's also important to know how well a company maintains their equipment. When ever I do finally get an interview, I want to have a better idea of how this works so I can speak intelligently when I talk about research I've done for that particular company. Am I over-thinking it?

Posted:  7 years ago

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Freight Brokering - Pros and Cons.

I've been considering the same. Found a few places that offer training online and self-paced. Expensive course too but I'm using GI Bill. I may never have a business out of it but it would further my knowledge of the industry and give me another job opportunity if I decided that the road isn't for me. You can never go wrong with more training. Good luck.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Thinking Owner/Operator

Really thinking of becoming an owner/operator AFTER I get a few years of experience. Although some companies offer an early opportunity, I don't think a new driver should take that dive. What are the costs or routine expenses? How do you get and stay in business?

Posted:  7 years ago

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Here's A New dash cam crash caught on roadway

What an idiot.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Beyond 10-speed Shifting

Can someone explain in terms that a rookie can understand, how to shift a 13 or 18 speed transmission. I trained using an Eaton Fuller 10 speed. I have seen the 18 speed transmission in the Kenworth T-680 and it seems very intimidating.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Team Driving

Hey ladies and gents,

I've heard that when people drive team, they make more money. My question though is how is the HOS for each driver managed? How is the pay managed per driver?

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Brand of Truck Preferences

Just wanted to know what brand of truck that you favor. I'm really like Kenworth trucks. I've always liked them probably because I remember my dad driving one. I visited a dealership (Inland Kenworth) in California. I love the T680. Comfort and convenience. Technological innovations a plenty. That price tag though.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Driving truck through Donner's Pass

I watched a few videos of people going through Donner's Pass. Some didn't make it. Apparently it's known trouble area for truckers. I'm new and have yet to get behind the wheel so. ..How do you get down a hill like that without heating your brakes, losing your air? Common sense is to take it slow.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Have CDL, No Real Experience

Thanks for the replies. Loctite (nice handle), it's time to leave. Civilian life will be much more difficult, I'm sure, but I've given it (the Corps) 11 years and I'm ready for a job that's more independent of people. I'm not much of a "people person", which is why I think trucking will fit me. Trucking is a lonely life but I look forward to no longer directly dealing with so many different attitudes. I'm sure there is so much I don't know about trucking and the industry but that's why I joined this forum. I'm sure you guys and gals will offer plenty of insight, both positive and negative. I'm all ears.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Have CDL, No Real Experience

I'm currently an active duty Marine. I thought I was gonna get out last year so... I got my CDL a year ago from Miller-Motte college. Had a great instructor and met a few other great guys who were exiting the military. The time to exit the Marine Corps is coming quickly and I was wondering if some of you could name a few good companies for someone just starting out.

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