Which Companies Hire New Graduates Straight Out Of CDL School ?

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SilverBullet's Comment
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I'm starting a local CDL School on Monday and researching all I can about future employment.

Which Companies Hire New Graduates straight out of CDL School ?

Is there a comprehensive listing somewhere that list trucking companies that hire new CDL Graduates ?

TIA

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.
Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Check this link out. Trucking Company Reviews

Short answer is "yes".

Longer answer, you will still need to go through the company's training program. Companies like Prime and Wilson Logistics have a 40k mile training programs. 10k with permit (solo with trainer) and 30k with CDL (team with trainer). If you already have a CDL you skip the permit phase and do 40k with a trainer. 10k evaluation period while solo w/ trainer and 30k teaming w/ trainer.

Hope that helps. Some will probably stop by and post all the "starter pack" links.

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.
SilverBullet's Comment
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Check this link out. Trucking Company Reviews

Short answer is "yes".

Longer answer, you will still need to go through the company's training program. Companies like Prime and Wilson Logistics have a 40k mile training programs. 10k with permit (solo with trainer) and 30k with CDL (team with trainer). If you already have a CDL you skip the permit phase and do 40k with a trainer. 10k evaluation period while solo w/ trainer and 30k teaming w/ trainer.

Hope that helps. Some will probably stop by and post all the "starter pack" links.

Yes Sir! Most definitely helps for sure.

I'm starting CDL Classes on Monday.

Is there a Comparison in Chart/Spreadsheet Format somewhere to see Reviews etc... on one page ??

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.
Daniel C.'s Comment
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Http://www.jrschugel.com/drivers-student-drivers That is where I started out of school. Great company. I only left because of my own stupid screw ups. They just bought out super service.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Really? I had no idea that they'd just bought super service. My only knowledge of Schugel is that 20 years ago I knew a driver who got a raw deal dating a gal who had lied about her age and unfortunately ended up on the registered sex offenders list. He needed a job and Schugel hired him. I don't have a clue whether they still give second chances, but I know he loved driving for them back then.

Bill R.'s Comment
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I'm starting a local CDL School on Monday and researching all I can about future employment.

Which school are you attending? Let us know how it goes.

Bill

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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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I'm starting a local CDL School on Monday and researching all I can about future employment.

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Which school are you attending? Let us know how it goes.

Bill

NOT LOOKING TO START A DEBATE HERE... JUST STATING FACTS...

Where you attend school and the type of program matters.

Many companies (more and more over time) are relaxing "minimum experience requirements". Historical reviews are a great place to start but are not a substitute (IMHO) for current research.

Companies may also make a "one off" exception for "the right" candidate.

I just graduated (have my certificate, cap and gown / diploma this Wed.) from a 400-hour technical college program. I am scheduled to start Jan. 7th with J.B. Hunt on the Amazon Dedicated 7-state Regional run out of Kenosha, WI. J.B. Hunt "advertises" a 3-month experience requirement. (It is a GREAT gig for a newbie!).

I have been in ongoing discussion with a company which "requires" 2 years of OTR experience. After going to his boss, his bosses boss and the owner, they were continuing to move forward with me.

I know of one company which will hire out of "my" school, but not the other local area technical college due to differences in results from hiring students out of the two schools.

Whatever you do, do your research... explore your options. Get the best training you can get and market yourself professionally. I started attending job fairs early in school, before the one on our campus... even met a trucking co. owner at the DMV. Stay in touch... don't burn bridges!

FYI... I am doing online orientation. I show up on Jan. 7th as a J.B. Hunt employee. Fill out some more paperwork and go out with my trainer for week one. After 4 weeks (home each weekend I believe), plan is to test and go out solo in my own truck.

Not saying this is better than other ways of doing this. Just saying this seems to be working for me.

Find what works for you!

Good luck to us both!

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Marc Lee's Comment
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My Notes on Company Experience Requirements

These are "notes" I keep on my phone. Quick to reference before applying or inquiring with a place which won't hire a newbie. Still being contacted by one... complete waste of time!

Good news on the bottom.

Bay and Bay 1 yr. Solo OTR Cardinal Logistics Mgmnt. - 9 months Fuchs - 18 months Heartland Express - 6 months OTR K&B Transportation - 6 months (FB confirmed) Magnum Express - 2 years OTR Marten 6 -9 months SAIA 1-yr. or dock-to-driver b.s. Taylor Truck Lines - 6 months Zeller LLC - 2 years OTR

Trucking companies that hire with no experience.

Covenant CR England CRST Decker Truck Lines KLLM Knight ** Maverick Melton Pam Transport ** Roehl Transport Schneider Stevens Transport ** Swift Transportation TransAm US Xpress ** West Side Transport

My personal notes / quick & easy tracking * = Quick Apply ** = They Responded

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

G-Town's Comment
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Marc I must throw out some cautionary advice here...

JB Hunt is indeed an excellent company. And agreed there are companies willing to relax their hiring criteria. Many of them are desperate for drivers. However the extended research required whenever comes down to a couple very basic elements:

- Are you fully insured with “said” company? Fact is with many of the “lessor knows” including Mom & Pop outfits, the entry-level driver is the one taking the biggest chance. One little mistake resulting in an insurance claim, and you may find yourself looking for another job. Such as the company you have had on-going discussions with. The owner knows exactly what his exposure is by hiring you. Do you? Hard questions must be asked like; “what happens if I am involved in a minor accident?” The odds are not favorable prevailing throughout the first year without at least one minor incident.

- The companies that are best at road-training and supporting new drivers may not be the ones willing to relax their entry standards beneath what is advertised. Although they may be willing to take a risk on the new driver, they may only be in a financial position to provide cursory level road training or none at all. Yes, them handing you the keys almost immediately may be exciting, it is clearly not enabling long term success and safety. The importance of road-training cannot be overstated. The importance of a company’s ability to address the unique and often urgent needs of an entry level driver also cannot be overstated. Again ask the tough questions. “How do you road-train?” “Do you have experience supporting new drivers?”

Without any doubt the companies publically advertising and touting they hire with no experience have a significant track-record of success working with and supporting new drivers.

Most of them are right here: Paid CDL Training Programs

So yes Marc research is important, but requires one to look beyond that which is obvious.

Good luck with JB Hunt. Safe travels!

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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Marc I must throw out some cautionary advice here...

JB Hunt is indeed an excellent company. And agreed there are companies willing to relax their hiring criteria. Many of them are desperate for drivers. However the extended research required whenever comes down to a couple very basic elements:

- Are you fully insured with “said” company? Fact is with many of the “lessor knows” including Mom & Pop outfits, the entry-level driver is the one taking the biggest chance. One little mistake resulting in an insurance claim, and you may find yourself looking for another job. Such as the company you have had on-going discussions with. The owner knows exactly what his exposure is by hiring you. Do you? Hard questions must be asked like; “what happens if I am involved in a minor accident?” The odds are not favorable prevailing throughout the first year without at least one minor incident.

- The companies that are best at road-training and supporting new drivers may not be the ones willing to relax their entry standards beneath what is advertised. Although they may be willing to take a risk on the new driver, they may only be in a financial position to provide cursory level road training or none at all. Yes, them handing you the keys almost immediately may be exciting, it is clearly not enabling long term success and safety. The importance of road-training cannot be overstated. The importance of a company’s ability to address the unique and often urgent needs of an entry level driver also cannot be overstated. Again ask the tough questions. “How do you road-train?” “Do you have experience supporting new drivers?”

Without any doubt the companies publically advertising and touting they hire with no experience have a significant track-record of success working with and supporting new drivers.

Most of them are right here: Paid CDL Training Programs

So yes Marc research is important, but requires one to look beyond that which is obvious.

Good luck with JB Hunt. Safe travels!

Thanks G-Town. Good points to be sure.

I think this is some of what led to my decision to go with J.B. Hunt. I know much has been said of "the investment" companies who pay for training make. I am not in any way trying to minimize that. But in reality, my tuition is $3,000. With ancillary fees, let's call it $3,500. I think the investment a big company makes putting a new driver in with an experienced one, teaching them about their company and practices, account and their practices, as well as all the "real world" realities of doing this job are also considerable. I did research what happens at various places in the event of a "mishap" (or two or 3 or 4!). I think driving for a large carrier gives me whatever protection is proper and appropriate.

This has apparently been a successful program for Hunt (used at Target, Family Dollar and other DCS accounts). I was told Amazon fully embraced it when in discussions with Hunt. This is a relatively new relationship. Schneider has some of the same accounts. J.B. Hunt just seemed like a better fit. Also seems to pay considerably more!

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.
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