Young And Confused

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Danny O.'s Comment
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There’s no real easy way to explain this. I’m currently a 20 year old box truck delivery driver on Maui Hawaii for a restaurant supply company (Bargreen Ellingson) researching trucking jobs near Yakima, Washington where I’m moving right about when I turn 21. I have work experience that spans back 5 years (mostly on and off summer jobs, and a year with the restaurant supply company). My situation is a peculiar one, I’m really in need on some advice about how to secure a career in trucking.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Welcome Danny O.,

You have come to the right place for advice. Almost anyone here especially the moderators will give you the best advice there is for a rewarding career in trucking. I would say to apply to as many companies as you find interesting for the kind of driving you want and especially the ones that offer their own schools. This way you will get the training and knowledge needed for your career and they will absorb the cost for your training in return for usually 1 year with them. An open mind and dedication to your future will take you far. Good luck.

Army 's Comment
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You will get more replies if you post this in the general discussions forum. Not everyone scans the diaries daily.

Best of luck

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi and welcome! My sister lives in Oahu ;)

Anyway... its not peculiar at all. You would just move to Washington, get your DL there, and head out to company sponsored training next. That is the best plan for many reasons.

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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.

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.

Johnnylite's Comment
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Just a thought but check some of the larger companies and see if they have class B jobs available. I work for Schneider and I know we do. Get a job then get your Class A. Check the websites and you’ll be surprised. There a few big guys up here as well as Fed Ex UPS etc. as well as lots of smaller companies.

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