Recently Completed Orientation @ Con - Way Truckload

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Powder's Comment
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I am a recent CDL graduate. I obtained my CDL from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. I just finished Con - Way's Orientation on 8/20/2015, in Joplin , MO. I am currently waiting on my finisher to begin my 7,500 miles of training. This is my first trucking company, so I am still brand new. So far Con-way seems like a great company to work for. They are very organized and professional oriented. They have already supplied me with a wealth of knowledge and information to help me with my transition. I will update when I begin my OTR training. If anyone has any questions about the Joplin facility or the orientation process, I will gladly help out. I will help with more information with driving experience as time goes on. I am excited to begin new career with a great company. If you have any questions, please let me know!!!

Thanks, Powder

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Michael C.'s Comment
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I can't speak from personal experience about Con-Way, but from what I've been told by a relative who has driven for them for 10+ years now. From what he has told me to keep a long story short Con-Way (at least recently) is starting to chop their own heads off per se. They jacked up their rates they are charging to ship freight and of course are chasing off a lot of places who can go elsewhere for cheaper. If he wasn't getting paid as much as he is there he would have left a long time ago.

Hopefully your experience is better with them than what I have been told, I personally wouldn't want to drive 4-5 hours to a hub then work on the dock for a few hours then drive back, but thats me xD.

Best of luck with CW.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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I am a recent CDL graduate. I obtained my CDL from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. I just finished Con - Way's Orientation on 8/20/2015, in Joplin , MO. I am currently waiting on my finisher to begin my 7,500 miles of training. This is my first trucking company, so I am still brand new. So far Con-way seems like a great company to work for. They are very organized and professional oriented. They have already supplied me with a wealth of knowledge and information to help me with my transition. I will update when I begin my OTR training. If anyone has any questions about the Joplin facility or the orientation process, I will gladly help out. I will help with more information with driving experience as time goes on. I am excited to begin new career with a great company. If you have any questions, please let me know!!!

Thanks, Powder

Would love to hear how everything went and info you can provide about the process so far and in the future. I am also considering Conway.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Powder's Comment
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Thanks for the heads up CW, I hope it all works out well here!! Tyler, thanks for the reply, I sent a message to your inbox. 👍🚛

Powder

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TruckingVA's Comment
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I am a recent CDL graduate. I obtained my CDL from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. I just finished Con - Way's Orientation on 8/20/2015, in Joplin , MO. I am currently waiting on my finisher to begin my 7,500 miles of training. This is my first trucking company, so I am still brand new. So far Con-way seems like a great company to work for. They are very organized and professional oriented. They have already supplied me with a wealth of knowledge and information to help me with my transition. I will update when I begin my OTR training. If anyone has any questions about the Joplin facility or the orientation process, I will gladly help out. I will help with more information with driving experience as time goes on. I am excited to begin new career with a great company. If you have any questions, please let me know!!!

Thanks, Powder

Mind sharing your experience and details about orientation?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Mathew H.'s Comment
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I can't speak from personal experience about Con-Way, but from what I've been told by a relative who has driven for them for 10+ years now. From what he has told me to keep a long story short Con-Way (at least recently) is starting to chop their own heads off per se. They jacked up their rates they are charging to ship freight and of course are chasing off a lot of places who can go elsewhere for cheaper. If he wasn't getting paid as much as he is there he would have left a long time ago.

Hopefully your experience is better with them than what I have been told, I personally wouldn't want to drive 4-5 hours to a hub then work on the dock for a few hours then drive back, but thats me xD.

Best of luck with CW.

Isn't Conway Truckload and Conway Freight two different things...what you describe driving and working dock sounds like Conway Freight...

Powder's Comment
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The orientation was four days in Joplin , MO. They paid for the bus pass there and for the stay at the hotel. We staid at the La Quinta with a roommate. The first day was basic introduction with two drug screens, hair and urine. The second day was road test and a backing test. The rest of the week was basically company info and policy. They covered safety, permits, pay ,detention, pet and rider policy. They supplied us with a lot of information throughout the week. On Thursday they gave us our I'd badges and Comdata cards and fleet cards along with a welcome pack. Some people were paired up immediately , I had to wait until the following tuesday. Training is going well right now. I'm trying to learn and progress as much as possible!! Powder

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Shirley K.'s Comment
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How did the finisher go? I'm heading to Joplin to start orientation on Monday and I'd love to hear more about what to expect.

Powder's Comment
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It went very well !! My trainer was very helpful and very patient. 7500 miles will be over before you know it. I upgraded this weekend and the put me in a 2014 Freightliner Automatic. Im on my first run. Good luck in Joplin!!

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How did the finisher go? I'm heading to Joplin to start orientation on Monday and I'd love to hear more about what to expect.

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