Schneider Training Is Changing

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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just considering all my options

Yap, as you should. The better you understand your options the more confident you'll feel when you do commit and the more committed you'll be. A lot of people hear all of the negativity about trucking and they're very skeptical and cynical right from day one and it winds up ruining their career in the end. They don't commit to the training or the school/company they're training with. They don't get along well with people, they don't perform well, and many of them wind up quitting or failing altogether before they even drive a truck solo one mile in their life.

The worst part is that most of them had what it took to be great drivers and have a fantastic career. But they just didn't do everything they could to succeed. They weren't committed.

Old School has an awesome talk about commitment that everyone should read.

So yap, definitely consider everything before you commit, and when you do, make sure you go all in 100%. Give it everything you have and stick with that first company for a minimum of one year. That's the best way to get started in this career.

Bill F.'s Comment
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It has already been said, but I want to elucidate on my first short post, concerning Schneider bringing training back in house. I have no personal knowledge of this it is my opinion. I have nothing bad to say about Trainco, just the many advantages training at Schneider using Schneider equipment, experienced personnel, on an actual Schneider truck. There is no way a 3rd. party can provide the same quality of training for Schneider, that Schneider can provide for itself. They are a large enough company to do this properly.

I worked for Schneider for a year, using their in house training, started getting paid after passing physical, drug test, and agility test (in the first week). They flew me up from FL to the Charlotte training center and in 3.5 weeks was driving solo. Was I ready for anything at that point. Heck no! Just don't hit anything and ask loads of questions.

Roy B (Giddy) 's Comment
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I spoke to a recruiter today he told me what there doing is a piolt program whith ten students. I pretty sure it’s in Indiana. Just to test the waters to see if it’s a direction they want to go in.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Army, I’ll be getting a trainer today. Usually you go with the trainer, then you come back for training on the Qualcomm and trip planning etc. They didn’t have enough trainers so we did our final training and the last thing is to go out with our trainers until they think we’re ready to test out and get a truck assignment. Hopefully, I can do that fairly quickly. As with most people, I’m not looking forward to sleeping on the truck with the trainer. I’m sharing the hotel room which is fairly large, and it’s become a fart box, I can only imagine how bad that sleeper wil be if he’s like my roommate! 😂

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Robsteeler's Comment
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I looked into schnieder to get my CDL and was told they did not do company sponsored training , but that was about a year and a half ago. If it is true they are doing training I guess I should check with them again

Yeah Adam, they’ve done company sponsored training this whole time, they just farmed it out to Trainco instead of doing it in-house. You didn’t see it on the website because they just told their instructors the other day. It won’t move that quickly. Here’s what you do if you’re interested in Schneider. Either call the number on their website and they’ll send you to their sponsored Schneider National school, or check with the local school of your choice and ask if they have a local Schneider recruiter. He/she can get you sponsored by Schneider right there. If you have any questions, send me a message and I’ll do my best to find answers for you. You can also give the recruiter my driver number and they’ll give me a bonus, lol! 😂 Seriously, it’s a great company. Very strict and serious but safety is the number one concern around here. Best of luck!

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.

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.

Adam J.'s Comment
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I would send you a message, but there is no link in the profile. If you click on the link in mine it takes you to my Facebook. I do have a couple of questions. 1) I was told that I would have to pay for the classes and they would reimburse me. I don't have the funds to pay for it out of pocket, can't get a loan and seemed to hit a dead end with them (although I did do the pre-hire and was approved). That was about a year ago now though. I was looking hard at them but that kind of killed the deal for me. I could look into it more now as things change I forget the other questions right this second, but I am sure there were a couple.

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I looked into schnieder to get my CDL and was told they did not do company sponsored training , but that was about a year and a half ago. If it is true they are doing training I guess I should check with them again

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Yeah Adam, they’ve done company sponsored training this whole time, they just farmed it out to Trainco instead of doing it in-house. You didn’t see it on the website because they just told their instructors the other day. It won’t move that quickly. Here’s what you do if you’re interested in Schneider. Either call the number on their website and they’ll send you to their sponsored Schneider National school, or check with the local school of your choice and ask if they have a local Schneider recruiter. He/she can get you sponsored by Schneider right there. If you have any questions, send me a message and I’ll do my best to find answers for you. You can also give the recruiter my driver number and they’ll give me a bonus, lol! 😂 Seriously, it’s a great company. Very strict and serious but safety is the number one concern around here. Best of luck!

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.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Adam, we do our best to keep the conversations right here in the forum. Each conversation will benefit the many people who visit the website. Anything you want to ask is welcomed in here.

Big Scott's Comment
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I arrived at Sprimo on March 2nd. I was hired March 29th after passing my road test (FINALLY). Due to the wealth of knowledge & resources available here, along with an excellent trainer, I feel as though I’ve hit my stride. The simple truth is that if we take initiative, ask questions, research topics, read diaries, etc? We will have a leg up on our peers every time. The endless sharing of experiences & how to overcome adversity on here is priceless. The time Brett, GTown, Rainy, Susan, yourself along with so many others make huge impacts & improvements in our lives that I’ll never stop singing your praises. Are there more nuances to learn? Without a doubt. But I feel so much better prepared to face the challenges of this industry all due to all of you having our backs. 🙏 Thank you! God bless all of you. Be safe out here!

I have just over 146,000 miles and about 13 months of solo driving. I still learn every day. I got the going forward part down pretty good. My backing is starting to improve. Sorry Splitter. You barely know what your doing.You have a long way to go.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Adam I sent you a Facebook message.

Don’t worry Old School, any non personal information will be shared here. 🙂

Splitter's Comment
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Let me be clear, hitting my stride does not mean I know everything there is to know about this industry. If I came across that way? I sincerely apologize. Hitting my stride, for me, is dealing with the day to day routine of getting things done. Do I struggle? Absofreakinlutely! Do I have more to learn? Every freakin day is a lesson in expectation & recalculating & small achievements.

Just to put it in perspective. I keep my PSD tag above my head, pinned to the net on the compartment right above my seat. Why? To remind me that no matter how much I learn, there’s plenty more to learn down the road. That I’m still a rookie.

Was my ego getting inflated? Yes & no. I was proud of keeping it together, especially when you consider how nervous I was when I started. That said, the universe has its own way of putting us in our place & humbling us.

I was too busy worrying about setting up for backing at one of our terminals that I didn’t “watch my wagon” & hit a parked tractor with my trailer. So, Old School, Danielsahn, Dan S., Big Scott, et al... yes you told me so. Hitting my stride was a bad choice of words, in more ways than one.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
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