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Eddie B.'s Comment
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I finally heard back from the state on the WIA grant...I'm all good to go. Looks like I will be heading to Springfield to start school on the 13th of Jan. Got my background back from TSA already and I'm approved for my Haz-mat endorsement as well....Looks like things are finally moving along. I'm really looking forward to getting back in a truck and making some money.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's awesome news man! Congrats!

For people unfamiliar with it, WIA (Workforce Investment Act) funding is a program to help fund people that are training for a new career and a lot of people get WIA grants for trucking schools so don't hesitate to look into that as a real possibility.

Eddie B.'s Comment
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I have now finished my 160 hours of training and have my Missouri CDL...starting orientation at Con-Way in Joplin tomorrow. The start of a new career....

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.
Starcar's Comment
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CONGRATULATIONS EDDIE !!! Now oyu have just got to get thru their company training and you will be out there doing what you want to do...You need to keep us posted...we don't have any ConWay drivers on here !!!

Now go out there and start your adventure !!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats Eddie! That's awesome!

Starcar is right - we don't have any Conway drivers on here. We had a husband/wife team that drove for them for a couple of years and they would stop in from time to time. They loved it there. You should be able to do really well with them. We would definitely like to hear how it goes for ya!

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Congrats to you Eddie. I will be rolling right past you this afternoon. I am headed to Prime in Springfield, MO to start my orientation tomorrow. I agree that Brett has the absolute best training program ever. I read thru my CDL book from the state a couple of times. I couldn't figure out what I was reading. I found the CDL training program here. Went through it twice. When I tested for my permit last week I passed everything the first time. An old friend of mine is the local Driver Examiner. He asked me how I did so well on the tests. And I told him about Brett's program here. He said that he would start telling people about it.

I think that says a lot about how well Brett has put it all together and made learning the CDL easy and enjoyable ( well except for the HOS portion) It makes my head hurt just thinking about it. LOL.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eddie B.'s Comment
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Well...It is official. I am now a Con-Way Truckload employee. Orientation was fairly painless, lots and lots of information to absorb in a short time but I have been told my finisher (Trainer) will be able to help with anything I didn't pick up in orientation. Road test and backing test was a little nerve racking but hey it wasn't bad. I got to drive a 2014 Intenational with the new Cummins motor...what a sweet ride. I am expecting to head out with my finisher some time this next week. Will keep you guys updated as much as possible. Everyone I have met at Con-Way so far has been great, very friendly, helpful and welcoming. Looking forward to getting going on my new career with a great company.

Everyone be safe out there and I will look for you on the road!

Old School's Comment
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Best of luck Eddie, Conway is a really well run operation - after you get the hang of what you're doing you'll do real well. Give it about six months before you feel like you know what you're doing, then you'll start seeing some good solid pay coming your way.

Eddie B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the vote of confidence Old School....I have talked with a lot of different drivers for Con-Way and haven't heard any complaints, I'm thinking I made the right choice.

Be safe out there and I will look for you on the road

"Special Ed"

Tracey K.'s Comment
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Man what a good company. They work hard, but get paid well. It is a very well run company. Their stock has done well. They were down just a small amount last week. But, most trucking companies were because of the storms. They average very well in the $35.00 to $40.00 mark.

But, they have some good management as well. benefits......

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Good luck. Hope we still see ya around

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