Schneider CDL Apprenticeship Program

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PackRat's Comment
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Yeah, don’t give up already, before you even get started. The first month of your very first year will definitely be the most difficult and stressful. If you truly want to make this work you must put in your time, get the needed experience, and log miles.good-luck.gif

Truckin’Steve's Comment
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Yeah, don’t give up already, before you even get started. The first month of your very first year will definitely be the most difficult and stressful. If you truly want to make this work you must put in your time, get the needed experience, and log miles.good-luck.gif

Thanks guys for the advice. I have used the resources available on this site and they’ve been very helpful. Schneider is working with me and moving me to a retail store account where I’ll just drop and hook and get to be home nightly and it pays more!

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

PackRat's Comment
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That’s good news! Find the segment that suits your needs and be a success at it. It doesn’t get better than that.smile.gif

Marc Lee's Comment
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Thanks Steve. Looks like I am headed to Green Bay for (targeted) 3 weeks of CDL-Licensed training. Found your diary very well written and informative.

So how is the new gig going?

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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Thanks Steve. Looks like I am headed to Green Bay for (targeted) 3 weeks of CDL-Licensed training. Found your diary very well written and informative.

So how is the new gig going?

Oh, probably mid-August for me...

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.
Craig L.'s Comment
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Yeah, don’t give up already, before you even get started. The first month of your very first year will definitely be the most difficult and stressful. If you truly want to make this work you must put in your time, get the needed experience, and log miles.good-luck.gif

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Thanks guys for the advice. I have used the resources available on this site and they’ve been very helpful. Schneider is working with me and moving me to a retail store account where I’ll just drop and hook and get to be home nightly and it pays more!

Wow that is great! How is it going now? Seems like you got an even better route now and you get to be home every night.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Marc Lee's Comment
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double-quotes-start.png

Yeah, don’t give up already, before you even get started. The first month of your very first year will definitely be the most difficult and stressful. If you truly want to make this work you must put in your time, get the needed experience, and log miles.good-luck.gif

double-quotes-end.png

Thanks guys for the advice. I have used the resources available on this site and they’ve been very helpful. Schneider is working with me and moving me to a retail store account where I’ll just drop and hook and get to be home nightly and it pays more!

Careful what you wish for! Target/JBH was "double drop and hook" or what I call QUADRUPLE!

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Great practice however!

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Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Truckin’Steve's Comment
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Hey guys! Glad the diary has been helpful! Things are going much better now. The Target account is great. And yes Target still wants you to put the trailer at the same door where the current trailer sits :( They do pay an extra $15.00 each load which I guess helps with all the extra unhooking and hooking.

Target has also bought 50-100+ new trailers as they are sitting at the DC. This will be nice as the current trailers have seen better days. Landing gear is always a pain to lower/raise.

Luckily all their stores have been a breeze in regards to backing. Have all been straight line backing thus far.

Pulling in around $1,100 a week now working six days and home nightly. I’ve even completed the whole run in eight hours. As long as I-81 is clear it’s a breeze through.

PackRat's Comment
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Great to read about your success! good-luck.gif

Johnnylite's Comment
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Any and every chance to back that trailer in is key. No two spots are the same and as they say practice, practice, practice.

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