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Hello Everyone. Sadly this is the 2nd time that I am typing this as I happened to time out the first time and lost it all. Oh Well.

Ok so an Update. The last time I was on this site was well over a year ago. I was still living in Japan and was searching for companies that would take me on. Well as things turn out, my grandfather passed away on 4/12/18 and I was able to fly back to America from Japan on 4/18 to be a pallbearer on 4/19. Well once I got back I went and took a job with a temp agency that had me working on a Logistics dock. During this time I contacted TMC, which was the only company that was willing to take me on with my 10+ years of living overseas. Well, I began to study to take my CDL permit tests when one day a driver from a P&D local company pulls into my temp job. After starting to load his truck he starts to ask me some questions and it turns out we know each other and used to work together during summer breaks from college. So he goes on to tell me about his company and takes my info and say give him a day or two to see if they would take me on. Well a few days later I get a call from their Safety and Operations department asking me a few questions. They go on to tell me that If I take not only my General knowledge, air-breaks, and combination permit test, but also take my doubles-triples, tanker, and Hazmat , that they will take me on in their own company sponsored program. The only difference being that their program is a little longer than most others. (The company is listed on here but has not been updated in a very long time. I will need to talk to Brett or an other admin to explain some of the new contract details not listed on the site.)

Anyway, I had a choice to make. TMC or this company. Here is what made me go with my choice. It is a P&D operation that only runs within 100 miles of my home terminal. My home terminal is now only 9 miles from my house. They offer two different driving options. Line haul which is night time driving and paid by the mile, or P&D which is paid hourly. It is a union position, it has great medical, dental, and vision. I get to be home every day. O.T. is paid for all time after 8.5 hours a day. Not after 40 a week.

So here I am in my second week of CDL school. I am in a class of only 5 guys. They had us in the Trucks on the 2nd day of class. Had us going on and off Highway, off ramps by day 3. Taking a truck out on the road with both 53 and 28ft. trailers on the first day of week 2. I have so much I want to get into but am limited on time. I plan on posting twice a week. Only reason for that time frame is that I still need to deal with lawyer issues with getting my wife and kids to America.

Again to Brett and Admin, please message me so that I can update you on the contract details of this company since what is listed is about 2 Union contacts past. I am extremely happy with my choice so far and am more than satisfied with the type of training I am getting.

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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.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


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.


Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.


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.


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.

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