How Long Before I Am Asigned A Mentor At Swift?

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TCB's Comment
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I finished orientation at Jurupa last week, and have been waiting for a mentor since last Friday. Does it usually take this long? The only request that I made was for non-smoker. I know there are many variables.

40 Days's Comment
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Stop me if I am wrong but; smoker or non preference seems the fastest way to go. Don't risk your health or personal comfort. I smoke so can not speak on non smoker we stink I am sure.

John D.'s Comment
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Don't give up it took me 3 weeks to get with my mentor through Swift, I've been out here for a week and a half put in about 58 hours and we'll over 3000 miles. Went to Michigan to Oregon to Montana then we're off to Texas. My understanding is swift is under staffed with mentors, nonsmokers even more(that's what I had to wait for)

Old School's Comment
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Hang in there Jim. Anytime you put a restriction on what you want, you have to expect a delay. Enjoy the break if possible. You're gonna be putting in some crazy hours once your mentor materializes. Trucking is a complicated mix of waiting and rushing. You'll know what I mean in a few more months. smile.gif

G-Town's Comment
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Jim there is a trainer/mentor shortage with every company. It's a difficult job (if performed "right"), one that only a few special people are qualified for and willing to-do (reference the trainers we have in the forum, Rainy, Turtle, Big T to name just a few).

I waited 10 days for my Mentor when I trained with Swift...that was over 6 years ago. Trucking, in most every flavor requires patience, gobs of it.

Good luck!

PackRat's Comment
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A mere blink of the eye in the grand scheme of things.

Big T's Comment
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I have spoken to students that have been waiting for three weeks for a mentor lately.

Summer months can be difficult because a lot of mentors quit training in order to have their kids join them on the truck.

I took a few weeks off mentoring while i waited for my results from a sleep study. Any time i got a load going anywhere near a terminal my phone and Qualcomm started going nuts trying to get me to take a student.

Remember to check in daily with driver qualifications or whatever they are calling it this week. The whole creaky wheel thing.


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.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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I finished orientation at Jurupa last week, and have been waiting for a mentor since last Friday. Does it usually take this long? The only request that I made was for non-smoker. I know there are many variables.

I went through the academy and orientation of out jurupa valley in may and It took me about a week to get a mentor. Keep checking with driver qualifications and also if possible answer a phone number you may not recognize. My mentor called me directly. Best of luck to you.

TCB's Comment
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Thanks for the replies guys. I spoke with the office today, and they stated that they are still looking. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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