Profile For Mighty Mike

Mighty Mike's Info

  • Location:
    Stuart, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

  • Social Link:
    Mighty Mike On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 7 months ago

Mighty Mike's Bio

My logistics and transportation training began back in 2004, when I was blessed with an opportunity to join a winning team. I learned to ship medical equipment same day on the next flight out for many years, giving me experience with freight forwarders, couriers, and the meaning of needing something "yesterday." The company I worked for serviced MRI & CT scanners. When a field service engineer called for a medical part for a system down in a hospital, the clock began to tick. It was our job to get the part needed in the engineer's hands as quickly as possible. From there I moved onto more scheduled jobs but stayed with logistics and medical service. During that time, I was left in charge of making sure the field service engineers had the proper tools and equipment needed to install X-ray scanners, MRI's, CT Scanners, and PET scanners, with the rigging to go along with it. I now work during the day at a lab in Stuart where I am in charge of shipping and receiving dangerous goods for calibration internationally. We calibrate equipment including thermohydrometers, hydrometers, thermometers, thermoprobes, mass, and digital thermometers for the world. NASA, Tyson Foods, General Mills, and Coca-Cola are just a handful of customers we calibrate equipment for daily. My career in transportation, logistics, and superior customer service birthed Freedom Courier in 2013. I have always had a passion for the industry. My goal was to establish a company with a diverse knowledge of not only transportation and logistics; but a natural feel for the wants and needs of its customers. And we have done just that!

Now I've decided to get my CDL Class A license and drive full time!

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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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**TruckingTruth's 10 Year Anniversary!!!**

Happy Anniversary!

And thank you for creating this site!

I have been utilizing the CDL Permit Study Tools to prep me for my written exam the past few months and have gained so much information exploring and researching both in the forums and on the individual trucking company review pages.

The amount of information is endless and I feel well informed and ready to start school in a couple weeks at Roadmaster.

Thanks again and Happy Trucking!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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TRAINING PAY

Update:

Pre-hire letter received from Armellini in Palm City FL. Starting school at Roadmaster in Orlando FL in February.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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South Florida Resident - Get paid while getting CDL - Paid Training

Update :

Pre-hire letter received from Armellini which is less than 20 minutes from my home. Starting school at Roadmaster in Orlando FL in February.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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South Florida Resident - Get paid while getting CDL - Paid Training

Thanks for all your advice and input. Considering I won't be starting my training at roadmaster till February I will keep checking back with Prime.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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South Florida Resident - Get paid while getting CDL - Paid Training

Thank you everyone for all your input and advice. After much research I have decided to attend Roadmaster mid January. Once I obtain my CDL I have a job waiting for me with Armellini. Armellini is in the next city over from where I live so my home time would be weekly. Plus the pay is great!

For all of those hunting for schools and companies still, don't give up. It pays to make the phone calls and this forum to make the best choice for your situation and your future.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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PAM TRANSPORTATION OR GET CDL FROM ROADMASTER AND ROLL THE DICE

Thank you everyone for all your input and advice. After much research I have decided to attend Roadmaster mid January. Once I obtain my CDL I have a job waiting for me with Armellini. Armellini is in the next city over from where I live so my home time would be weekly. Plus the pay is great!

For all of those hunting for schools and companies still, don't give up. It pays to make the phone calls and this forum to make the best choice for your situation and your future.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Thank you everyone for all your input and advice. After much research I have decided to attend Roadmaster mid January. Once I obtain my CDL I have a job waiting for me with Armellini. Armellini is in the next city over from where I live so my home time would be weekly. Plus the pay is great!

For all of those hunting for schools and companies still, don't give up. It pays to make the phone calls and this forum to make the best choice for your situation and your future.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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PAM TRANSPORTATION OR GET CDL FROM ROADMASTER AND ROLL THE DICE

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Roadmaster in Fontana is telling me that it will cost $7,500 for training and that Werner would then put in $250 a month reimbursement. At that rate, it would take me 30 months to pay off my loan, assuming I put nothing in at all.

Through this site, I found some companies, such as Prime, that will pay for my training, as long as I work for them for one year. I need to get my experience anyway. I might as well do it without taking on another $7,500 in debt. Just my two cents worth.

Stay safe out there, Colin K.

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And $7,500 is INSANE for what amounts to a "3-4 weeks crash course". Keep in mind - Roadmasters own website's FAQ, informs you that all they are doing is getting you your CDL - they are NOT TRAINING YOU to be a "trucker".

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One of the most common questions about truck driver training schools is whether or not three- and four-week CDL programs can possibly offer enough CDL-exam training in such a short amount of time.

The short answer? Yes, it’s absolutely possible to get the training you need for your CDL exam in that amount of time as long as you go to a good CDL school.

Part of why it’s possible is that you’ll be getting more training after you earn your Class A CDL (and at that point, you’ll likely be getting paid to train, too!) but before you go out on the road by yourself.

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ALL of these schools are CDL EXAM TRAINING - that's ALL THEY DO it get you your CDL. And if companies weren't looking for that 160 hour certificate - they would probably try to do it in LESS TIME if they could. Not to say that Roadmasters isn't a well known school - just, wow - $8K for a CDL.

If you have a SOLID OFFER from PAM in your zip code (Stuart Fl) I'd say GO FOR IT. A few of our members have gone with their training.

I've noted on a few threads that you've posted in (that would be Mighty Mike) about potential issues with pay, home time and other things causing conflict with your spousal unit. You might want to do some more reading and really consider whether or not some of these issues you are concerned about - may make the choice of joining this industry incompatible with your needs.

Rick

The reason I am passing on PAM is because there are other trucking companies that offer CDL and training in return for a contract and pay more than $300/week.

My end goal even if it takes me a year or two is to drive tanker and regional so my home time would be frequent and the pay would be good.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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South Florida Resident - Get paid while getting CDL - Paid Training

Let's see what the recruiters say. I will post the info. I've applied to Tampa Truck Driving School.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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South Florida Resident - Get paid while getting CDL - Paid Training

Although its a ways from you, there's a school called Tampa Truck Driving School. The way it works is...you come in and so long as you meet all their requirements, you choose the company you'd like to work for and you're basically hired pending you obtaining your CDL. No upfront costs other than a few hundred bucks for dmv and testing fees. Upon hire you start paying back the school after 60 days of employment.

I like this as they're taking all the risk and investing in you rather than having to pay upfront and hope you're able to land something straight out of school.

I'm currently debating on whether to stay in NYC and attend a school here or relocate to Tampa and enroll in that school as that's were me and my fiancé plan on making a move to next year anyway.

Well the two or three schools I would be attending are about 2-3 hours away from me anyway......Orlando and Jacksonville.........so I will check out Tampa for sure. Thanks for the tip.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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PAM TRANSPORTATION OR GET CDL FROM ROADMASTER AND ROLL THE DICE

Thanks for sharing everyone.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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TRAINING PAY

How far are you from Tampa?

About 2 1/2 hours from my doorstep to Busch Gardens but I have family in Auburndale which is not too far from there. Why?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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I refuse to team (after training) so I can understand the ordeal your going through in weighing your option.

I know in my case, Schneider was my top choice in the beginning. As time went on, I realized their training was only for a week. That's no where near enough time for me to get comfortable. Also, even though I live one hundred something miles from one of their locations, everytime I do a job search based on my zip code, no jobs from Schneider show up. I'm currently leaning towards Werner, but who knows! Making these decisions is tough, and I don't have a wife to consider!

Good luck!

Thank you for sharing

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Swift pays $10 an hour for all of your driving hours while training and training is basically 4 to 6 weeks. I'm not sure what Schneider's training pay is but their training is only a couple of weeks long.

JJ

Swift will not hire out of Florida

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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I've read several of your recent posts on this and this is what I see:

1. You're from south Florida where it's very difficult to find a company hiring from that area.

2. You don't want to pay to go to school.

3. A major company has agreed to hire you AND train you.

4. You don't want the contract.

5. You don't want to work for "peanuts".

I think the path has been clearly laid before you. Go with the company that has already hired you...

Thanks! Makes sense but my wife would never go for it............"Honey, I've decided to leave my job making $40,000/yr to make nothing for a month, then $300/week for 2 months, then maybe around $40-50K within my first year. Oh, and I'll be home only 3-4 days a month but that's not guaranteed." Lol..............that conversation would not go too well......Lol

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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I know. The schools here are amazing though so we had to move here. #6 in the country. I want to travel and do this. I just want to be smart about it and not go with the first offer on the table. I could go CRST but I've heard nightmares about them. Roadmaster would be good as I would be able to avoid signing any contracts but honestly having a guaranteed job is better than holding a CDL. Still in the elementary stages of this journey but thanks for the help along the way.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Thank you G-Town for your response. $500 / week is a bit better than $300 which is what PAM is trying to pay. I will continue to search for companies that pay more.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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PAM TRANSPORTATION OR GET CDL FROM ROADMASTER AND ROLL THE DICE

Should I go with PAM who have already hired me or go with Roadmaster so I don't have a contract?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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TRAINING PAY

I have researched day and night every trucking school and trucking company I could find. If I get my CDL Class A from Roadmaster do I still have to get paid "peanuts" while they train me? Or will I be offered a salary by a company and hired as a driver. I am in South Florida and it is slim pickings finding a company to hire me to begin with but I can't live off of $300-$500 / week while I train for 2 months. I make $700 / week now and I am leaving this job to become a trucker to make more. NOT LESS.

Thanks in advance for all your input and advice.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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South Florida Resident - Get paid while getting CDL - Paid Training

No worries guys. Found out that PAM transportation will hire me. So will CRST and Comcar CT will also. Still looking though and haven't decided yet if I'm gonna do Roadmaster school to avoid a contract or go with a sure thing with one of the trucking companies.

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