Released From Schneider Program / Job Due To Poor Backing

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Marc Lee's Comment
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"Eligible for rehire".

Maybe I should have bought that "seat time" after all!

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Rob D.'s Comment
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Marc

Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Were you struggling with any particular part or just overall?

Bird-one's Comment
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Jesus Marc... I'm shocked. Can you go into more detail?

G-Town's Comment
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Marc...you were out of the truck for quite a length of time, not to mention I believe you were injured very early on as far as experience. I am really sorry to hear this, but honestly not completely surprised by it.

If I were you; I'd start using this link and blast out as many inquiries as you can...

Apply For Paid CDL Training

I'd be shocked if you didn't get at least 2 or 3 interested companies rather quickly. We constantly emphasize how competitive this business is...get your self better prepared to "compete" at a higher level.

I sincerely wish you luck...!

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I would go the route G-Town outlined.

Good luck, Marc.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow, this has been rough, although there are people here on our website that had an even tougher go of it at the beginning of their careers. They persevered, you must do the same.

Heck, PackRat had to get a new heart....literally....and he's still out there! How's that for perseverance?

Unfortunately, it will be increasingly difficult to find new opportunities. Some companies will look at your circumstances and decide you're too risky at this point. If you hear "no" a few times, don't let it discourage you. It only takes one opportunity and you're on your way. You'll get another shot.

Marc Lee's Comment
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As always, thanks everyone for all the concern and advice.

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So the current "Inexperienced Driver" program @ Schneider is 2 weeks of classroom and driving. If one survives that you (apparently) go out with a Training Engineer for 5-7 days.

The 2 weeks includes DOT physical, EFA (range of motion) testing (day 1 or 2), company policies / procedures / technology (some instructor / PowerPoint / video, some CBT). Lots of "open book" testing (CBT, @ truck, etc.). Driving is backing (multiple "stations" around lot, slow-manuevering course and around the area). A fair amount of instruction and coaching is provided but there is not a lot of time for "practice" and only on "regular runs". Friday was sort of "last chance" practice / testing.

I was warned I needed to get this by noon. I was asked what I thought the problem was and offered a couple of thoughts. Second instructor Dan agreed to demonstrate a good back and a "problem" back fix. At one point I am pretty sure he contradicted what I had been told about which way turning the wheel right moved the trailer. I successfully backed 3 times in a row... not sure about time. (Probably at / near or over 15 minute limit). Dana was asked to do 2 with me... wasn't supposed to help at all. I managed to get pretty messed up and didn't know how to fix it without a "go around" and new setup. She asked if I wanted help, I said yes please and she guided me to an amazing save. (She credited her 17 years of experience). I did the next one successfully in just over 15 minutes, after a 2nd GOAL (maybe 3rd, dunno) to insure I didn't bust a boundry.

Then I was let go.

I have an application on 10 Street (another "blast" site) which I can and will update first as it is quicker and easier for me. If that doesn't produce something positive I will try the one here.

For now priorities are housing, emptying old garage and getting security deposit back, moving that to new storage place, income, connecting with mail, stashing insulin in someone else's fridge, etc..

12-Step recovery meeting and AYCE Sushi probably on the list 1st!

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Marc, I'm so sorry to hear this.. totally with G'Town on this, however. You've been out of a truck quite awhile, for various reasons; and I know you've overcome a lot. In my honest opinion, I don't think that 'refresher' course was quite enough for you, seeing as how you 'barely' mastered the skills before your departure with JBH. SNI was great to take you on; you tried your best, I'm sure. Just wasn't enough time.

Before relocating and reallocating all your funds, maybe rent a h(m)otel with WiFi, and apply like MAD to all the companies with TRAINING facilities. You could save that money that you'd put out 'now' (prematurely) and get a fresh start, probably rather quickly, with the FULL training again, which IMHO isn't a bad idea, at all. My husband taught me how to drive about 6 years ago, and if I ever go back out, I'm starting OVER as well. Rust grows quick.

Go do your 12 steps, rock out that sushi, and think it over. I know you want this SOOOOO bad, I really do. Before you go sulk and spend, APPLY like mad. Have you checked SWIFT? Millis? CFI? Veriha? You could be back on a truck within a week or so....without reallocating all your stuff, and money~!

Just MHO.... I know you want this bad enough. Work it.

Best Wishes, Anne

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I have an application on 10 Street (another "blast" site) which I can and will update first as it is quicker and easier for me.

Our application literally takes one minute to fill out........that's if you take your time and do it slowly. But hey, I'm sure you have your reasons. You always do.

Ya know, Marc, you seem to be a nice guy, but you always think you have a better plan than we suggest. Your entire attempt at a career in trucking has been a complete fiasco because you've ignored every suggestion we've ever given you. Every single one.

  • We told you to go through paid training, you went through private school.
  • We told you JB Hunt wouldn't be very tolerant and that they weren't hiring you because they thought you were something special, and you were fired.
  • Even this very day we've all suggested you fill out our form but yet again you have a better plan because somehow you literally don't have a minute to spare.

Seriously, do you ever do as anyone suggests or do you always think you have a better plan? For God's sake take someone's advice once in a while. Good grief. I can't imagine you've been any different in your dealings with JB Hunt, Schneider, and the school you went to. You should really rethink your approach.

Phishtech's Comment
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That is the only thing I didn't like about Schneider's training in Dallas: it was just too short. Three weeks of training which included 1 week of driving with a trainer and then do your driving skills test on the pad and that was it. I personally felt I needed more training. I read about all the other training schools lasting 6 weeks with lots of driving time, backing practice, and skill honing, and I wish Schneider would have done the same.

Great company to work for though.

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