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Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Help a new guy figure something out

Depending on your job at UPS, the way to become a CDL driver is by being a dockworker on the UPS Freight side (LTL, Longhaul-overnight between hubs) & getting trained as a yard jockey, full time dockworker w/ CDL & moving up to full time driver or being a feeder driver (UPS Package side).

From what I've been told, the way to become a feeder (CDL driver going from hub to hub, day cab position, overnights in a hotel if necessary) is by being a package delivery driver first if you work for Brown.

It also depends on when the union bids on the next contract; if there's an open spot as a driver (there should be, seems less people want to drive for UPS that already work for UPS) & your level of seniority in your current position. Your union shop steward would have more info on this.

On the Freight side, 2 drivers were just hired w/ 1 year of OTR experience each, both got LTL jobs w/ UPS-Freight starting at $17/hour. Takes 4-5 years to max out at $35/hour. Feeder & Longhaul get paid per mile & I don't know the current rate but its competitive w/ other LTL companies.

The above has been my experience in Northern NJ, it's possible it's different depending on what region you live/work in.

I will be driving delivery when I turn 21, but I won't be able to go full time right away. I am only planning on doing this dump truck thing for a few years just to get a little extra experience and time behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. It would also be a nice second job as I don't make much from UPS as just a part-time package handler. Also, the jobs work really well with my schedule. I'll be hauling asphalt and the season for that ends during the winter, which is when the season starts to pick up at UPS and then it dies down again around February and the asphalt season picks up around March again. It would be perfect to have both jobs until I can go full time at UPS, which I would say is at least 2 or 3 years away.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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I can't drive for UPS until I am 25. Insurance purposes. Also, I can't be turned down a job for lack of experience. It's all based on seniority and as long as I pass a DOT physical then I'm in. There's no way I'm going to be able to find a job at my age driving and 18-wheeler and I thought Class B would be a good idea to get some experience. I already told my friend that I will drive for him, so I am going to do that it is just a matter of whether I want to spend more time and money to get my Class A or not. I have 3 months experience as a yard jockey driving an 18-wheeler, but I don't think it'll be enough to get me a real driving job.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Okay so I'm 20 years old and I'm really looking to get into trucking. I want to drive tractor for UPS one day (I'm currently a part timer there), but I'm looking to get some experience before then. I have a friend who owns his own trucking company and said that if I got my license he'd have a job for me. I would be driving a dump truck, but he also has a tractor and trailer that he said I might be needed for once in a while. I was going to get my Class B license so that I could start sooner and not have to spend as much money, and then work on getting my class a at another point in time or just wait until UPS trains me. I have experience as a yard jockey for the past 3 months or so and I'm fairly familiar with how it all works. That's another reason I think it would be a lot easier and faster for me to just get my Class B because a dump truck is waayyyy easier to drive than an 18-wheeler. Thank you to anyone who can help!

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