Crete: Here I Come!

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Anchorman's Comment
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Hey TruckingTruth,

I graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Feb. 25 with my CDL license. I will begin orientation/training with Crete Carrier Corp. on May 19. It will be an 8 week training program, and then I will become a solo OTR driver. I will do my best to keep you updated as I go through the process. If anyone is interested in more detailed info on Crete, please feel free to ask. Also, feel free to ask any questions about my entire process from start to finish. I will be more than happy to pay it forward and help on the same forum that has helped me. Good luck to all my fellow newbies out there that are headed for the same process. Wish me luck!

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.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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You should start a thread over on the driver training section..be FIRST!! dancing-banana.gif

Anchorman's Comment
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You should start a thread over on the driver training section..be FIRST!! dancing-banana.gif

Guy,

I was not sure if I should post here or there. It says company sponsored training , so I thought that was for using a company school. I went to a community college. I will let Brett clarify and post wherever it is appropriate. I would love to start a thread from start to finish.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

EngineeringMother's Comment
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Too late anyway. I'm first smile.gif

Congratulations GA Rookie. I look forward to reading your updates!

Old School's Comment
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dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif Congratulations GA Rookie!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif That's some great news, and kudos from me for getting on with Crete. I think it's a great company - there was a man from my school (the class just ahead of mine) that was the first person out of our school to get on with Crete. I looked hard and heavy into Crete, but eventually decided I wanted to go with flatbedding. Keep us updated we'd love to hear about how it's going for you, and I'd like for some of the other new folks coming on here to get to know more about Crete this way. Best of luck to ya!

Anchorman's Comment
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I looked hard and heavy into Crete, but eventually decided I wanted to go with flatbedding.

Old School,

I was also making the same decisions. I fought long and hard between dry van and flatbed. I just did my research and chose what I thought was best for me. I would advise anyone interested in Crete to view their website. There are only certain approved schools that they hire from when you are a newbie.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I was not sure if I should post here or there. It says company sponsored training , so I thought that was for using a company school. I went to a community college. I will let Brett clarify and post wherever it is appropriate. I would love to start a thread from start to finish.

Oh please do start a thread on that other board. I meant to change the name of that category this morning. I'd like anyone who is going through any training program - a private school, a company-sponsored school, or on-the-road training with their first company to document their experiences there so others can follow along and know what to expect when their time comes.

Yeah, definitely feel free to start a new one in the other category. That would be great! I'm going to change the name of that category in a little bit to clarify that.

And congrats on Crete!!!! Hey, do they still offer their drivers a choice of available loads if there are more than one available at the time? They did that for years and that was one of the only companies that did. I could never understand why other companies didn't do that. What a blessing to have a choice of loads, even if it's only once in a while.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Anchorman's Comment
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And congrats on Crete!!!! Hey, do they still offer their drivers a choice of available loads if there are more than one available at the time? They did that for years and that was one of the only companies that did. I could never understand why other companies didn't do that. What a blessing to have a choice of loads, even if it's only once in a while.

Brett,

Thank you for the clarification. I will start a new thread as soon as possible. As far as choosing loads, I will find out and update you on that.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Ryan S.'s Comment
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dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif Congratulations GA Rookie!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif I looked hard and heavy into Crete, but eventually decided I wanted to go with flatbedding. Best of luck to ya!

You should have possibly looked into HUNT Transportation? owned by same compnay as crete.

And awesome GA ROOKIE! please keep us updated on crete as i am really looking to get hired on with them!

Anchorman's Comment
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You should have possibly looked into HUNT Transportation? owned by same compnay as crete.

And awesome GA ROOKIE! please keep us updated on crete as i am really looking to get hired on with them!

Ryan,

I am aware of Hunt and have seen their trucks. The only problem is they do not hire students. It will be an option I will consider once I do get experience though.

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