On The Job Search. Thinking About May Trucking.

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18 Wheels of Steel's Comment
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I've just completed my Truck Driving Program at Baker College and got my CDL. Now it's time for the next step, the job hunt. I'm thinking about May Trucking Company. They have a lot of things that I like. 99% no touch freight, no teaming after training, built in power inverters, manual transmissions, and many others. Also, they said they are starting to get in automatics, I'm hoping they are not trying to phase out all the manuals, although it seems like more and more this is going to be inevitable everywhere.

I'm wondering if anyone here has any history with them, or drives for them now. What do you think?

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.
Lil's Comment
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Congratulations on your CDL and good luck with your job search!

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.
18 Wheels of Steel's Comment
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Congratulations on your CDL and good luck with your job search!

Thanks!

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.
Bad Bob's Comment
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Hello 18 Wheels:

First, a big CONGRATULATIONS! I passed my test on Saturday. So I know you are excited.

I am in the process of going through all the background checks to go to work for May Trucking Company. I researched them thoroughly and they seem to be a great company. I'll be starting in the Pensacola terminal. Don't have a date as yet. When I passed my CDL A test last Saturday the tester asked me who I was going with. When I said it was May out of Pensacola he lit up and said, "They are a very good company." Anyway, they have the qualities I want to stay with a company until I am ready to retire. What I like is that they have a guaranteed pay per week program. You get a minimum salary per week and if you go over that with your mileage you get paid more. When I was trucking before there were a few times I when I got laid over and didn't get paid for it. I had a truck tear the front off my truck when I was parked at a truck stop. That took around 3 weeks to get fixed and I didn't get paid for that time. With May, that can't happen. Everything I've heard about them is good.

Bad Bob

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

18 Wheels of Steel's Comment
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Hello 18 Wheels:

First, a big CONGRATULATIONS! I passed my test on Saturday. So I know you are excited.

I am in the process of going through all the background checks to go to work for May Trucking Company. I researched them thoroughly and they seem to be a great company. I'll be starting in the Pensacola terminal. Don't have a date as yet. When I passed my CDL A test last Saturday the tester asked me who I was going with. When I said it was May out of Pensacola he lit up and said, "They are a very good company." Anyway, they have the qualities I want to stay with a company until I am ready to retire. What I like is that they have a guaranteed pay per week program. You get a minimum salary per week and if you go over that with your mileage you get paid more. When I was trucking before there were a few times I when I got laid over and didn't get paid for it. I had a truck tear the front off my truck when I was parked at a truck stop. That took around 3 weeks to get fixed and I didn't get paid for that time. With May, that can't happen. Everything I've heard about them is good.

Bad Bob

Thanks! I am also going through the background check. I'd be based out of Gary, IN. Kinda long haul from where I live, but it would mean I get to take the truck home during home time. That guaranteed minimum pay does sound good, but I couldn't figure out if the bonus for going over continued after the 90 days. If it did, that option would be a no-brainer.

I really like shifting, so having a 13 speed is going to be pretty cool. I've only worked with 8 and 10 speeds so far, so hopefully it isn't too big of a learning curve. I know they are starting to mix automatics into the fleet, and that autos are probably the future of the industry in general, but if they can just hold off for a few more years, that would be great. Then if the Automatic craze turns out to be the real deal, I'll just lease my own truck with a manual and let the company drivers deal with the autos.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Sam H.'s Comment
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Hello 18 Wheels

Congrats on your choice. I'm also going to May in Pensacola, probably around the middle of April. I have to get my CDL back since I let it lapse. I take the driving test the 29th of this month and should have now problem. All my b'ground checks etc are done so I just need verification that I have my CDL back.

Unlike you and Bad Bob I'm hoping to go with an automatic. I can drive manuals and I did the last time out, but I'm getting lazier in my old age. I just don't want to be pushing in the clutch in heavy traffic like in LA, Atlanta, Chicago or the Baltimore/DC area. Old age (67) will do that to you.

I'm in Texas right now but we're moving to Foley, Al when our house is finished so I'll only be about 30 miles from the Pensacola terminal. Like Bad Bob I did a lot of research and I really feel good about May. I like the guaranteed pay also. If you drive over 2100 miles a week you can look forward to getting some $$ - good deal

Best of luck to you and I hope to meet both you and BB soon. We'll all be at about the same level to start so we'll have to keep in touch and help each other learn the ropes

Sam

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

18 Wheels of Steel's Comment
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I've returned from orientation at May. Sadly, there are no trainers available at the moment. I'll get roughly a week off, then will head out for a few weeks of being teamed with a trainer. After that, with a little luck, I will solo out and start driving on my own. The company seems pretty good from what I've experienced so far. Unfortunately, the 13 speed manuals are on the way out at May. They are converting to all automatics, and that is likely what I'll wind up in. Too bad, but inevitable if they turn out to be as dependable as they say, no matter what company.

Still, I am excited that this is about to finally begin. My plan is to get some good experience under my belt, and if down the road I still feel the itch for the manual transmission, I will consider the O/O route.

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