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Kevin R.'s Comment
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I'm a month into a five and one half month program to receive a class A. CDL. I'm beginning to look into finding work after I get my CDL. Are there federal government jobs available for drivers with a class A CDL? Like in the department of defense? Could you point me in the right direction on where to look? Like what to Google or which government website to surf?

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.
Windfish's Comment
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The main website is usajobs.gov Most agencies are required to post there first. Be prepared to wait. The lead time can take up to three months for some jobs. You also have to write your resume in a very specific format, or they will toss it. Federal jobs can be great but they are tough to get.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I worked for the USPS for 18 years and quit last summer. It was pure hell... but I can tell you that most govt driving jobs have been contracted out to private companies. They do still have some so you might want to look at usps.go and click on careers... they do not have to post on the USA jobs site cause they are PS grades not GS. Keep in mind that all govt jobs require written tests. At the PO the window to apply is only two weeks ans the test is good for 3 years.... meaning it could take FOUR years to take the test and another 3 years to get called for the job.

Also... due to the economy and downsizing.... most depts have a hiring freeze. When I started... I had to work as a temp for 3 years to get hired permanently. Some have already been waiting 8 years.

Not trying to discourage you.... try... but don't think it will happen overnight. I would find a job 3lsewhere first and keep trying federal if that is what you want. But don't only go feseral

Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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I'm a month into a five and one half month program to receive a class A. CDL. I'm beginning to look into finding work after I get my CDL. Are there federal government jobs available for drivers with a class A CDL? Like in the department of defense? Could you point me in the right direction on where to look? Like what to Google or which government website to surf?

Kevin -

You have a few things working against you, as result of the current administration many of the federal departments have taken major budget cuts; it also election year which compounds the problem, it is almost the final quarter of the FY and then the holidays will be approaching once you earn your CDL. As previously mentioned the only way you can get onboard with a a Federal position is to submit your resume and apply as usajobs.gov.

My recommendation would be upon completion of earning your CDL is to get some miles/experience under your belt than apply for a driving position with Federal (that if you still want).

^scott

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Btw... many of the contractors pay by hour and not the mile. Without OTR experience you would earn a great deal less than what you could otr....and federal could still be otr

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.

Windfish's Comment
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I worked for the USPS for 18 years and quit last summer. It was pure hell... but I can tell you that most govt driving jobs have been contracted out to private companies. They do still have some so you might want to look at usps.go and click on careers... they do not have to post on the USA jobs site cause they are PS grades not GS. Keep in mind that all govt jobs require written tests. At the PO the window to apply is only two weeks ans the test is good for 3 years.... meaning it could take FOUR years to take the test and another 3 years to get called for the job.

Also... due to the economy and downsizing.... most depts have a hiring freeze. When I started... I had to work as a temp for 3 years to get hired permanently. Some have already been waiting 8 years.

Not trying to discourage you.... try... but don't think it will happen overnight. I would find a job 3lsewhere first and keep trying federal if that is what you want. But don't only go feseral

Windfish's Comment
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They do still have some so you might want to look at usps.go and click on careers... they do not have to post on the USA jobs site cause they are PS grades not GS.

I stand corrected. I only knew about usajobs because I applied for a position years ago.

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