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timerider's Comment
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Hello everyone,

Today I called and talked to a recruiter here in my hometown after filling out their online application. After a brief conversation and questions pertaining my past he said I would qualify for their cdl training program. Only thing is, Instead of running solo after my training they want me to run teams for a year before I can go solo.

I do have a couple of spots on my record so I feel this is why I was offered team instead of solo, but I could be mistaken, maybe that's just what they need most! This company hauls reefers from coast to coast and he said I'd be paid 19 cpm up to my 6 month mark after training, and then it would increase to 24 cpm till the end of the year. This company also said that average I will be running 20,000 mi. per month.

To me it sounds like a pretty good deal, I'll get some more experience and get to make a little more money than I would be driving solo. I get along with people pretty easy so I'm not to worried about personality issues and the way I look at it, it's only for a year, if it doesn't work out I can jump over to be a solo driver. Does this sound like a reasonable offer?

At this point I don't feel it responsible for me to give names. If when I do decide to take the offer and begin training I will share more details with everyone. Thanks.

JS

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Many Coast to Coast reefer loads are team loads. But you do not HAVE to run teams. Different Companies have different policies. You may want to do some more homework. Good Luck!

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Nearly all companies will put new CDL/ recent grad people on a team truck for at least several weeks. Often it's with an experienced instructor. Then you get your very own truck!

You didn't say what company gave you the thumbs up. With that information you'll get a more detailed answer. In this forum you can be open with company names, we have members from lots of companies who can give you the low-down.

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.
timerider's Comment
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Nearly all companies will put new CDL/ recent grad people on a team truck for at least several weeks. Often it's with an experienced instructor. Then you get your very own truck!

You didn't say what company gave you the thumbs up. With that information you'll get a more detailed answer. In this forum you can be open with company names, we have members from lots of companies who can give you the low-down

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You have a point. The company is Trailiner out of Springfield, MO. I've read a couple reviews on here from people who went through the school and everything sounded good to me, that's mainly why I applied there. Overall though there's not much information on them since they are a smaller company I guess.

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.
John L.'s Comment
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Another company that requires team driving for one year after graduating from their company sponsored training is Celadon. Team driving and the lower CPM are how you repay the company for your training. Really no different than other companies that deduct week payments from your paycheck until you repay your training debt.

There are plenty of companies that do not require team driving after training. Keep researching and applying to different companies.

For what its worth, I applied to 30 different companies before I selected the one that I'll be starting with next month.

Good luck!

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

timerider's Comment
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There are plenty of companies that do not require team driving after training. Keep researching and applying to different companies.

For what its worth, I applied to 30 different companies before I selected the one that I'll be starting with next month.

Yeah I decided against signing the contract and running teams. I've turned over a couple of rocks since my first post and decided to fund my own schooling and do pre-hires with a few companies around me. Most of the companies I talked to sounded like they would be more than willing to give me a shot at training if I had the school done. These companies don't offer school but they will train someone if everything checks out alright......work history, mvr , background and so on.

Thanks for the advise and I will keep you guys posted!

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

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