Profile For Mathew H.

Mathew H.'s Info

  • Location:
    Youngstown, OH

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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    3 years, 9 months ago

Mathew H.'s Bio

I am a 40yr old married father of two daughters (7 and 2). I have been a machinist for the past 20 yrs and recently been laid off. I am about to start driver training at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio on 9/21/2015

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

Tomorrow is last day of school. Now that I pretty much finished I'll give my thoughts about TDDS. First I think they have some really great instructors. I don't have any doubts I'll get my CDL on my 1st try. TDDS us close to my home so that was a big factor in chosing them. We have a few guys who stay in the dorms the school provides but none of them have anything good to say about them. I haven't seen them myself. The school itself is pretty run down and the restrooms seemed to always smell pretty bad. So I would say the facilities have alot that could be improved. To me that's not a big thing but someone who has to stay at the school might want to think about it. Now the equipment we trained on was pretty run down. I understand that students will be hard on equipment and never expected really nice equipment but I think it could have been better for the money everyone pays to go there. The lot we did manuevers in was a mess, nothing but mud and big pot holes. Again this isn't a major thing but I ended up ruining two pairs of shoes from getting out to look and stepping in ankle deep holes. Now that we're finished they are doing renovations of the lot. Go figure. Anyway, I payed to learn to get my CDL and I will do that.

Stay safe, Matt

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Schneider allows zero pets, zero weapons unless it's a hammer or tire club. A knife that is smaller then 4" is permissible. You may get home the weekend before you leave, but my buddy went out Saturday solo after graduating Friday.

You don't get paid 80. 7 days for 3 weeks. The first week is Wed-Saturday. The second weeks is Sunday- Saturday and the third week is Sunday till you graduate which could be Thursday or Friday.

They do have computers you can use for the computer training modules.

It is a great place, and most people are really friendly. They expect you to work hard and show respect and they will show you respect too. They treat you as equals, and there is really no sonority stuff there. The Atlas agility test is easy as long as you have no heart issues. Your not going to be tested on the slow manevour course, but it is a lot of fun!!!!

Hope that helps!

I was told different about the training pay. I asked if payed for everyday there and they told me yes you are.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

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Good luck with Schneinder. I am starting a trucking school in the beginning of December and Schneider is on my short list of potential employers. They are big enough to offer many driving options, seem to welcome rookies and are have about the pet-friendliest policy I have come across. I'll be interested to hear about your experience there. I hope you keep posting, or better yet start a blog!

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Not sure where you saw Schneider allows pets, from everything I read on their site they do not..I wish they did. I know Roehl just started allowing pets and USA Truck will in Jan 2016. I start CDL school in January and hope to take my little buddy with me later on.

My recruiter specificly told me no pets or weapons on the truck. You might want to look into that more.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Thanks everyone. My fiance understands, she was actually pushing me a long time ago to go regional and to go with Schneider. Ended up getting what she wanted lol. Also am glad to hear good things about Schneider. I have heard the training is good though. How does there training time go? Is it straight through the week and weekends? I would assume it is.

My recruiter told me $80 a day 7 days a week for a total of 18 days but that may change depending on how far along we are before Christmas. I was told will definetly be home for Christmas but may have to go back to Indy for a couple days

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Hey everyone. I am just excited to finally start my new career. I graduated school in the beginning of October and got my CDL A. I tried and tried to get a local position but it is not easy with no experience lol. So I finally decided to go regional and after looking at all sorts of companies I chose Schneider. I hear good things about there training and it is not that long as long as I do not need more time. I have my 2 year old daughter, and being away will be hard. But I will get through it so I can get some experience. I am probably going to get in my one year and try again for local. Other than that I am set to go for orientation on December 8th. Wish me luck.

I'm also set to start orientation Dec 8th. I got one day of school left and test on Saturday for my CDL. Are you training in Indianapolis ?

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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1st week of Schneider training finished!

Are you still with Schneider ? I do my 2nd phone interview this coming Wednesday. I finish school the day before Thanksgiving and am hoping to be going to training the beginning of December in Indy.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

Well today was first day of driving on the road. They have a loop that takes about 30 minutes to run around. My first time was a little sketchy, missed gears and kept screwing up the downshifting. Second time around we all did alot better. Really think I'm going to enjoy this job.

Be safe out there.....Matt

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

Half way through my training at TDDS. We finished classroom work last week averaged 98% out of 15 tests. Monday we start manuevers, actually straight line backing is whats scheduled for tomorrow. The instructors have been great, the equipment in the yard is kinda ragged but can't expect nice stuff either with students operating it. Still haven't got a company locked down yet. Torn between Schneider and what I hear of their training or going the LTL route with YRC. And something in the back of my head keeps nagging me to think about flabedding. Lol.

Stay safe out there.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Pretrip Inspection (Or How I Figured Out I'm Going To Need To Study REALLY Hard)

Worked on pre-trip today at school. It's definitely a lot to remember but saying it and doing it has taken some of the stress off. Our instructor keeps emphasising that the brake test needs to be said and done word for word as we're being taught and if you miss any on the brake test it's a failure. Stressful but the more we do it the easier it gets. Good luck

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Schneider or YRC

Thanks 6 String...definetly alot of things to consider. I have family and friends working for Conway and are happy with them. I thought it was hard to get into the LTL's without experience. I'm going to have to do some research and read your thread. Thanks again

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Schneider or YRC

Thanks guys. There are plenty of LTL's here. I really think i should do Schneider for their training and to learn the ropes. Then maybe go to an ltl down the road. With all the options Schneider has in my area home time doesn't seem to be an issue

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Schneider or YRC

I have been talking to both and was wondering if anyone had any opinions on either. Schneider is possibly a dedicated Walmart run out of Wintersville OH. YRC is Road Driver out of Akron OH. Thanks and stay safe out there.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

First two weeks are finished. So far I'm averaging a 96% at the top of the class. We got to go out one day and do coupling and uncoupling and work on the pre-trip. Now that I have my permit the pre-trip is my main focus. The instructor has been great so far. Get recruiters in almost everyday, which gets annoying at times but its part of it. Really enjoying it so far.

Stay safe out there..

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Information on ABF Freight, YRC Freight and UPS Frieght Road Driver Jobs

I am also interested in this. I am still in school but YRC has been in contact with me. I have family that work for Con-way LTL and they're happy with them. Good luck and stay safe.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

Passed the combination endorsement today. Got my permit with all the endorsements now. Just got to get the DOT health card and background check for Hazmat.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

Good ;luck on your CDL test! If you have been using the High Road system, you'll ace it.

And pre-hires go a long way to settle your future!

This training program is fantastic. It's easy to tell that I am far more advanced then the rest of the class by using it. I passed all my endorsements but combination. It had a few questions that were worded kinda weird that threw me off. I am going today to take that test again. I was worried about HazMat and passed that perfectly...lol...

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

Also got pre-hire from Schneider yesterday. Pretty excited about that : )

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

Made it through the first week. Not much to talk about. Filling out paperwork mostly. Started learning about doing the pre-trip. ( alot of stuff to memorize). Also started on general knowledge. Usually at least one recruiter in everyday. Going to take my tests for CDL permit and endorsements today. Good luck and stay safe out there

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting at TDDS in Lake Milton Ohio tomorrow

I'm starting my journey into trucking tomorrow at TDDS. I have been a machinist for the past 20yrs and recently got laid off. I'm sure I could have gotten another job in the industry but I've never been truly happy doing it. I wanted to get into trucking before that but being young and dumb I ended up getting myself a DUI, so that took this option away. I've gotten over a half dozen pre-hires so far and am really excited to get started. Schneider is at the top of my list right now because of the variety of options they have in my area (NE Ohio). If anyone has any thoughts on TDDS or Schneider I'd love to hear them. Safe travels all...

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Need advice!

I am interested it what you decided to do also. I start school 9/21 and have been looking into Schneider's tanker division. Good luck in whatever you decided to do and safe travels

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