Is Anyone Currently With FFE Transport (SoCal)

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Ramon B.'s Comment
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Hey guys! I got my CLP about two weeks ago and have been browsing around reddit and TT to figure out which is the best company to go with for company sponsored CDL training.

Initially I was going to go with Swift, Roehl or this small company based in Georgia called Sierra Express which runs East to West, and back. None of those companies to my knowledge have terminals in the Los Angeles area, also none of the training takes place in California, so upon completion of the training I would have to come back here to take the road test.

Does FFE allow you to use their trucks for your final road test or do you have to pay an outside source to obtain a truck for your driving test?

What is the pay like with FFE during training and afterwards?

Do they put you up in a hotel or do you have to provide your own lodging during training?

Are their trucks automatic? (Not that i have an issue driving manual).

Do their trucks have APU’s?

How long are you typically out?

How much can I expect to make as a new driver?

Do they have a tanker, intermodal , flatbed, reefer etc. unit?

Anything I haven’t asked that you can give some insight on will be greatly appreciated.

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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

CK's Comment
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I am from Fullerton, CA and found that FFE does not hire from California. Don't worry about local training and whether or not a company has a terminal in your area - as long as they hire from your area they will get you home for home time. I am with Prime and their closest terminal is in Salt Lake City. Be sure to check out the great information at these links!

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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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Swift has two terminals within 50 miles of LA...

Jurupa Valley and Fontana.

One of our forum members from SoCal just completed his schooling and is now road training with Swift.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Companies that offer Paid CDL Training Programs will train you and you will test on the trucks you train on. You do not need to live near a terminal to do this job. Do you only want to pull refer?

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.

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.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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RamonB.

Welcome to the forum.

I'm in my mentor stage at Swift and I am presently in Jurupa. Fontana is where the School is. We r here waiting on tomorrow's delivery plus had to come into the nearest terminal to do some safety videos. Swift has many opportunities, dry van , refer, flatbed and Intermodal. 48 state, regional , and dedicated. I know G-Town will correct me if I'm wrong. There are so many opportunities with this company but you should also look at others as well. I think Schneider also has a terminal in So.Cal. I just like where I am at the moment and planning to stay. My driver leader has already told me what my runs are going to be like doing 48 state. Which fine by me. Don't look at the name on the door, YOU have to make your own mark with which ever company you choose. With all the companies going to autoshift trannys, just about anyone can drive them.

Check out the many links that CK gave you they are very helpful now and in the future.

Raptor

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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big T's Comment
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I'm a trainer based out of the Jurupa Valley terminal for Swift. I live in San Diego. With Swift you go to the school in Fontana and test out before you go out with a mentor.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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RamonB.

Welcome to the forum.

I'm in my mentor stage at Swift and I am presently in Jurupa. Fontana is where the School is. We r here waiting on tomorrow's delivery plus had to come into the nearest terminal to do some safety videos. Swift has many opportunities, dry van , refer, flatbed and Intermodal. 48 state, regional , and dedicated. I know G-Town will correct me if I'm wrong. There are so many opportunities with this company but you should also look at others as well. I think Schneider also has a terminal in So.Cal. I just like where I am at the moment and planning to stay. My driver leader has already told me what my runs are going to be like doing 48 state. Which fine by me. Don't look at the name on the door, YOU have to make your own mark with which ever company you choose. With all the companies going to autoshift trannys, just about anyone can drive them.

Check out the many links that CK gave you they are very helpful now and in the future.

Raptor

Spot-on Raptor.

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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PJ's Comment
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FFE is owned by KLLM. Their company school is in Jackson Ms. They were talking about opening one in Dallas Tx, not sure if that ever happened. Knight is big in Ca you might look into them.

PackRat's Comment
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I saw several FFE trucks around Stockton and Tracy, California today. All were daycabs.

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