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Bucket's Comment
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I don't have a cdl and not enrolled in a truck driving school. A company is holding an event Tuesday Feb 22. Should I attend?

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.
Saxon W.'s Comment
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I don't have a cdl and not enrolled in a truck driving school. A company is holding an event Tuesday Feb 22. Should I attend?

Which company?

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.
Julie H.'s Comment
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Sure, you should definitely go. Gather as much information as you can from several sources before making a decision as well. I had limited farm driving experience. I was a welder after that for many years, many family members are or were professional drivers, I never thought I would do it myself until I switched careers and became a roustabout. Well, have to get a class A to haul equipment, had my permit, but no job after the crash. Went through a local school got my license, and now I get to go back to the oilfield, just in a different capacity. Look into all your options! It never hurts to learn new skills, no matter your age or current occupation. Go for it all! Best wishes to you, stay safe!

Bucket's Comment
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I'm checking several company's and one is holding this event. No company I've contacted, or applied with are hiring rookies in my area to do what I want. Yes there are several that have what I want, but I need at least six months experience while most require up too two years otr. Schneider is holding this event and have a dedicated route , no touch, home ever other week. It is team for my area, I think I would prefer solo.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

DaveDiesel's Comment
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No company I've contacted, or applied with are hiring rookies in my area to do what I want.

Bucket,

Building relationships and gaining first hand knowledge at the event would be a good thing. However, it could be frustrating if you find something you really want but aren't qualified for it.

You might want to think about committing to OTR for your first year in order to open up a ton of options. This course of action is highly recommended by "Old School" and he discusses this topic on several posts. Hope this helps.

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.

Bruce H.'s Comment
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Hey Bucket I don't think it can hurt to get as much information as possible, keeping in mind what the recruiters are there for and what their job is. Also- I was interested in a company that said 'three months exp required' on most job listings etc., but guess what? They started advertising using the 'no cdl/experience required' if you attend their school. Since things change all the time you never know. Maybe a company that interests you will be interested in you as well! Best of luck, Bruce

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.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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Yes you should absolutely go! It's an opportunity to talk to a recruiter and ask questions and get a better idea of what you are getting into before you make your decision. My school advertises on Facebook every time a recruiter comes in and invites any one who is interested to attend. It's a good way to not only talk to recruiters but possibly drivers or other people that can give you advice or opinions. Just remember, a recruiter is a salesperson. They are going to try and "sell" you their company. Always look at multiple options for schooling or a company to work for.

Bucket's Comment
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Thanks Dave,

I plan to attend maybe just to get a better feel for what companies are wanting.

Bucket's Comment
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Thanks CM,

You said what I'm thinking!

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