OTL-Averitt Express Looking For Top Tier Drivers

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Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Ok, so I would apply before I obtained my CDL? And if I was to apply, what position would I be applying for? I'm pretty sure regional is not it. Would it be the Dedicated/Supply Chain Student Driver Training Program?

Coolio. Not having to uproot my husband would be awesome.

That's good. I would love to have a schedule of about 4 - 6 weeks on, 1 week off. That's standard touring time, and if off time is 1 - 2 weeks in between that's totally doable and exactly what I would be looking for. However, if touring runs are 2 - 3 months (or more) at a time I'm TOTALLY ok with that! More road time = better everything!

And I'm pretty sure I'm not sketchy. I've worked around enough "famous" people that other than giving them the respect they deserve, I don't freak out if I see someone famous. (I reserve the right to stare awkwardly if I ever run into Robert Plant though.....)

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Ok, so I would apply before I obtained my CDL? And if I was to apply, what position would I be applying for? I'm pretty sure regional is not it. Would it be the Dedicated/Supply Chain Student Driver Training Program?

Coolio. Not having to uproot my husband would be awesome.

That's good. I would love to have a schedule of about 4 - 6 weeks on, 1 week off. That's standard touring time, and if off time is 1 - 2 weeks in between that's totally doable and exactly what I would be looking for. However, if touring runs are 2 - 3 months (or more) at a time I'm TOTALLY ok with that! More road time = better everything!

And I'm pretty sure I'm not sketchy. I've worked around enough "famous" people that other than giving them the respect they deserve, I don't freak out if I see someone famous. (I reserve the right to stare awkwardly if I ever run into Robert Plant though.....)

Funny you should say that. I ran across him at Bonnaroo earlier this year and almost literally ran into Billy Joel while walking to catering.

You would apply to regional truck load. Then when hired you let them know your intent to become a member of the OTL team. Pretty much it. Show them what your made of for 4 mo, remind them and they will likely schedule you for the OTL class/interview process. It is only one (paid) day.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Thank you SO VERY MUCH for the information. I will research licensed CDL schools in my area and see what kinds of information I can gather. This is VERY exciting, and I'm really looking forward to the possibility of being able to tour again, just in a different capacity this time.

Stay safe, and if you have any other pearls of wisdom, please let me know. Also, I might take you up on the offer to PM you with specific questions off forum if I have anything else to ask.

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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.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Hell, I would have to stare awkwardly if I ran into Robert Plant, the same with King Diamond and Perry Farrell too. I've always been a fan of the King and always wanted to just sit down and talk to him. Not about music or albums or venues, just about life in general. Rob Zombie was probably one of the coolest guys in regards to big music that I've ever had the wonderful opportunity of talking to.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Hahahahaha! Yeah, I don't fangirl much anymore. But I do enjoy meeting people if given the chance. I'll have to tell you my KD stories sometimes. Great guy, super laid back and seriously the best boss I ever worked for.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Weird. I was on Averitt's site and they said that tattoos must be covered, you have to wear dress pants and will be issued a uniform, and hair must be a naturally occurring color (no green or purple, etc.) Is the appearance requirement only during the orientation/training phase and when you're driving for that side, and I'll be able to look "normal" (well, normal for me anyway) once I'm accepted into OTL?

This is actually important because I'll need to know how to be properly groomed when I'm there.

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.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Thank you SO VERY MUCH for the information. I will research licensed CDL schools in my area and see what kinds of information I can gather. This is VERY exciting, and I'm really looking forward to the possibility of being able to tour again, just in a different capacity this time.

Stay safe, and if you have any other pearls of wisdom, please let me know. Also, I might take you up on the offer to PM you with specific questions off forum if I have anything else to ask.

thank-you-2.gif

Cool, PM me any time.

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.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Weird. I was on Averitt's site and they said that tattoos must be covered, you have to wear dress pants and will be issued a uniform, and hair must be a naturally occurring color (no green or purple, etc.) Is the appearance requirement only during the orientation/training phase and when you're driving for that side, and I'll be able to look "normal" (well, normal for me anyway) once I'm accepted into OTL?

This is actually important because I'll need to know how to be properly groomed when I'm there.

Don't read too much into that. They apparently haven't updated the site yet. Averitt has dropped many of their higher standards to fill seats. The uniform thing is true. We wear black and the type of clothing is up to you. T-shirts and Polo are the most common. Shorts are perfectly fine.

All other Averitt peeps wear red shirts and gray pants/shorts. I am not a fan of uniforms, except the black. Totally cool with these.

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.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Ok. The opportunity to work with OTL is really appealing to me, but I'm thinking I'll still have to go with company sponsored training to afford the CDL training. That means at least 1 year with Prime before my obligation is satisfied. However, it will give me enough time to really get a feel for driving a truck, and hopefully I can make a transfer sometime after that directly into OTL, if they are still looking at that time. So, unless I happen to have some sort of windfall, that's likely going to be the course of action I'll take.

Thank you so very much for being so forthcoming and answering all my questions. I really appreciate it!

Be safe and take care!

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.

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.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Ok. The opportunity to work with OTL is really appealing to me, but I'm thinking I'll still have to go with company sponsored training to afford the CDL training. That means at least 1 year with Prime before my obligation is satisfied. However, it will give me enough time to really get a feel for driving a truck, and hopefully I can make a transfer sometime after that directly into OTL, if they are still looking at that time. So, unless I happen to have some sort of windfall, that's likely going to be the course of action I'll take.

Thank you so very much for being so forthcoming and answering all my questions. I really appreciate it!

Be safe and take care!

I strongly believe the opportunity will still be here. One thing though, no one goes directly into OTL from another company no matter how long they have been driving trucks. The min 4 months of driving with Averitt in another division is so they can "feel" you out and see if you fit.

My experience has taught me that a not so seasoned driver is a better candidate than a 20yr veteran because they haven't developed the wrong bad habits yet. Lol. Do your thing and if you decide take the leap I am sure we will catch you.

Thanks you take care and you be safe too.

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.

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.

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