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William K.'s Comment
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The more I look around, the more it looks like Stevens would be the best fit. It looks like they're the company closest to home (an hour South of Dallas) who offers the CDL training and vet apprenticeship program. Anyone work/worked for Stevens know how often their academy runs? That seems to be the question I can't find the answer to for any company so far.

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.
Justin L.'s Comment
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I had a good friend that got his CDL through Sage Truck Driving School and then went to Steven's. He said it was great for training but pay was not so good. I remember him talking about making more money lumping freight than he did driving. But this is normal with all the bigger companies. He done it all 10 years ago though. Best of luck to you.

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.
Ken C.'s Comment
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Probably be the lowest pay of any of the major carriers but hey they do have nice looking trucks besides it's only for the 1st year and then pay picks up...I have a buddy who started with Stevens, stayed for a year and then came to Prime Inc

Ken C.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My nephew just finished his first year driving for Stevens. He likes it and has no plans to leave. He says, sure, other companies pay more but he consistently gets ~3k miles a week and is quite happy with them. He doesn't get home much because he lives in Florida, but single and no kids.. he drives coast to coast.

JakeBreak's Comment
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I looked at stevens when I started out. I don't know how they can manage 3000 miles a week when I can barely get 2500 and I pass them all the time. I don't doubt that some do definitely but I'd think you would have be 100 percent on your game for time management. I'm not that great at that.

Old School's Comment
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JakeBreak, the speed your truck is governed at has little, if any, effect on your ability to turn some decent miles. My Volvo is governed at 62. I get passed all day everyday - I've been passed by quite a few Stevens trucks. Yet I'm consistently pushing 31 or 32 hundred miles each week - sometimes as much as 3400.

I know you're learning this stuff, but I just wanted to jump in here to dispell any misinformation that might be forming in some newbie's mind from your comment. There is way more to this game that allows you to consistently turn some good miles than just speed.

Sunrise Driver's Comment
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I currently work for Stevens Transport. The training, smiles, and equipment is top notch. My DM is awesome and gets me home when I'm ready. The only real negative is that company drivers start at 30.CPM with a one cent raise each year, pretty low pay. Leasing is the other option and don't recommend it to rookie. As my mentor told me your first year in trucking shouldn't be about money but experience. The money will come with experience.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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