Any Schools Left That Train On Manual Transmission?

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Steve M.'s Comment
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Thus far, I have been unable to find any CDL schools in the Dallas area that still train on manual transmission trucks.

Does anyone know of any?

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Many of the companies that hire recent CDL grads use the automated transmissions now so there's less demand for knowing how to drive a manual. By teaching on automatics they can shorten the time it takes to get you your license and the equipment takes less of a beating. I learned on a manual and those transmissions got beat to S***. All of us were grinding like crazy starting out. We recommend going through Paid CDL Training Programs. After you get some experience you could always get the restriction removed by just retaking the driving test in a stick shift.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Steve M.'s Comment
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Many of the companies that hire recent CDL grads use the automated transmissions now so there's less demand for knowing how to drive a manual. By teaching on automatics they can shorten the time it takes to get you your license and the equipment takes less of a beating. I learned on a manual and those transmissions got beat to S***. All of us were grinding like crazy starting out. We recommend going through Paid CDL Training Programs. After you get some experience you could always get the restriction removed by just retaking the driving test in a stick shift.

Thanks for the reply. When I moved I wasn't driving for a while and did an asinine thing by letting my Class A with no restrictions go. Now I'm trying to reacquire my Class A without the automatic restrict with great difficulty. I haven't been able to find a local school this past week that doesn't use automated transmissions. Fortunately, I received a call back from a school this evening that said they still do teach on manuals; unfortunately, they're 300 miles away... so now the added expense of a motel stay. Oh well... live and learn.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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As of last November Swift still had manual shifts in their training fleet.

But as Rob points out, manual shifting is turning into buggy whip stuff. Auto shift is the way truck fleets ate going.

Hobo's Comment
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Did you look at C1 in Ft. Worth? I know as of this April they were still training with manual transmissions.

Matthew W.'s Comment
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If you had a class A wouldn't it be easier to rent a truck and take the test then to go through the training all over again? You may have to go through training with a company if they consider your training stale, but you could get the cdl out of the way if you already have a company in mind that is willing to hire you and send you off solo if you have a cdl.

If the company is going to require that you retrain, better to just go sign on with a company and get the cdl back through them rather then a private school as the company will usually provide you with a hotel and bus you to their terminal.

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.

HellMonkey's Comment
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Talking to the recruiter for Roehl, they still do train manuals for the next few months at least out of their main WI facility.

Rainy 's Comment
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Some of the truck brands are no longer even making manuals. So eventualy they will be gone. :(

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