Jim Palmer Trucking Based In Montana

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Jeff B.'s Comment
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Boy have I been busy. I completed the training program with Jim Palmer the first week of June, at that time I was assigned my truck which I'm still driving today.

Milage and pay works out to what they told me it was but like any other company you hit awesome weeks then not so great weeks but on the average I'm happy with what I make.

Right now I'm a company driver and will be so until I complete my 1 year (7 months to go!) then I'll consider the lease option.

Overall I've been pleased with my decision to drive for Palmer, walking in I didn't know much about trucks but now I can float the gears up and down with the best of them. It has been an awesome experience for me and I'm content with my choice.

So if you ever see JP0045 on the road or at a truck stop say hi! I love to meet knew people, share experiences and learn new things from those with more experience than me.

Float The Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeff B.'s Comment
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Jeff, I have heard there is a long wait to get into their training program. Do you know if there is any truth to that?

Jeff B.'s Comment
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When I did my application they took a week to verify all my information, and I was brought in immediately, however Jim Palmer's popularity has gone up since then lol.

I do not have an answer to your question directly I do know that the company tries to keep its training classes small so nobody gets missed, but the amount of applications the recruiters receive everyday is massive.

The best thing to do is to just contact recruiting and they'd be able to tell you if there is a wait.

Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Where can I find the application for employment for JP? Little help please? Thanks, Mark

I applied with Jim Palmer and was also transfered to Wil Trans since they are closer to home. The application was simple and everyone did seem friendly and like they wanted to know you personally which was a great feeling. However, since they are such a small company you really DO need to have all your ducks in a row when it comes to employment, background check information, and so on. They gave me quite some flack (which I feel they were valid in doing so) about my employment history/gaps and hopping. They did seem very interested in my story and my hunger for becoming a trucker. Depending on what they tell me tomorrow morning I may choose them over Swift if all goes well.

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.

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.

James F.'s Comment
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Hey guys need some advice, I have just retired from the military and applied with twice Palmer, for some reason they did not accept me. Can you guys give me some ideal to why?

Thanks Jim

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

James F.'s Comment
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I see Jim Palmer always advertising for their CDL training and looking for drivers. I am confused, I applied with Jim Palmer twice and for some reason I was not accepted. I have just retired from the military, not sure why I was not accepted into CDL training. Can you guys provide some insight to why

Thank Jim

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey guys need some advice, I have just retired from the military and applied with twice Palmer, for some reason they did not accept me. Can you guys give me some ideal to why?

Thanks Jim

Trucking companies often won't tell you why, for fear of retribution. If they're not accepting you it's either because of where you live or something to do with your background but we have no way of knowing what their reasoning is.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rick S.'s Comment
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I see Jim Palmer always advertising for their CDL training and looking for drivers. I am confused, I applied with Jim Palmer twice and for some reason I was not accepted. I have just retired from the military, not sure why I was not accepted into CDL training. Can you guys provide some insight to why

Thank Jim

They may be booked up. It may be a geography issue. As in where do you LIVE - as they have to get guys home once in awhile. If they have a few drivers in a hire area that is low in their freight traffic - they may not want to take on another driver in that area.

Barring any negative license history, medical disabilities or negative military history - I'd go with, you just aren't in a region they hire from.

As popular as Allie Knight has made them - try Wil Trans or Prime - they are basically the same training, same pay and same freight (since JPT and Wil haul Prime freight).

Swift and others also give a priority to veterans.

Please DO keep us posted Jim and let us know how it goes.

Thanks for your service...

Rick

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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