My Pneumatic Tanker Job

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Amish country's Comment
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Congrats! I agree, it is fun stuff. After about a month or 2 on your own you won't even think about it anymore and will be familiar with where you're headed. Then sit back and watch the money grow as you get faster and can take on more jobs.

Training going good?

Brent R.'s Comment
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Yes training is great I have an excellent trainer that leaves nothing uncovered and does it by the book, he has gone out of his way to show me a lot, he will let dispatch know he is training and ask if they will send us to new places I haven’t been to get loaded so I can learn their procedures, I should be off training and on my own around January 4, so far so good.

Amish country's Comment
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This month finishes the first 9 months of my trucking career and very fast 2018. The only regret I have with this career change is that I didnt do it earlier. Once I get my w2 I will post my final gross number from April-december.

2019 is already looking promising. I'll have 4 months to add to what I did this year and get a week of PTO with my 1 year mark. They announced that they were able to negotiate higher rates that should run out to a 10% increase which means we indirectly get a pay raise by getting paid % of load. Also have some new contracts. All starting with the new year.

I am very grateful for the opportunity I've been given and it has made life significantly easier while being able to go home every night. Have been able to lay the start of a good financial base that has allowed us to plan 2 family vacations and seriously consider homeownership.

Going to keep my head down and working hard to make 2019 everything I want it to be.

FreakTrain's Comment
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Congrats, AC. I've followed your diary since day 1. Your journey has been truly inspiring. Here's to a safe and prosperous New Year!

Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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Ditto... I've followed your journey since day 1 and you're an inspiration. Congrats on the indirect pay raise!

Amish country's Comment
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So final pay figures for 2018. From April through December with 1 month of training (paid at $750 a week) I was able to gross $40k. Not to bad for my first 8-9 months of driving. There should be no reason that I dont crush that number this next year since I won't have the lower training pay and know what I'm doing and more efficient with unloading and routes.

I have been extremely happy with my first company and as long as they'll have me and keep me moving I do not plan on leaving. I am home every night, making a good paycheck and generally left alone to do my job. For years I've been saying its "going to be my year" and never seemed to come around. I made changes this past year and ready to MAKE this my year.

Other then that I dont really have any updates. Same truck and everything and mostly the same customers every week. Winter hasnt been terrible here so far. If it gets to bad on the roads where I dont think I can safely deliver my dispatcher just moves it to the next day without any hassle. I essentially lose a load on the week and some money but getting home at night is always more important.

Thanks for following along and hope this continues to help someone.


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.


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Joe 's Comment
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Amish Country, I know this is an older post, but I just finished it in its entirety. This is the field I'll be beginning in next week driving pneumatic tanker hauling flour. What an extensive entry you documented along the way. I'm very happy for you that you have been so successful up until this point and that you enjoy what you're doing. I too am the same way, with a wife and four little ones at home, I much prefer local cause it allows me to see them each day even if it is only for a few hours. I enjoyed reading your experiences along the way and hope to successful like yourself right out of the gate. Thanks again for taking the time to share all of this. - Joe

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