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John B.'s Comment
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Are there any tanker companies that hire with no experience and provide on the job training?

Banks's Comment
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Schneider is the only one I can think of

Errol V.'s Comment
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John asks:

Are there any tanker companies that hire with no experience and provide on the job training?

Banks answers:

Schneider is the only one I can think of

John, why do you want to skip training? I can't imagine any company, Schneider included, would let a wet-behind-the-ears rookie hop in and drive off in a tanker. I know that doesn't happen with a (simpler to operate) dry van.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Suicide Jockey's Comment
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Both Schneider and Prime have CDL training programs and have tanker fleets.

I believe Schneider has a more diverse tanker operation, hauling both hazardous and non-hazardous tanker loads.

Primes tanker fleets is 100% food grade.

It is not really recommended to start it with zero experience driving a tanker as they are more difficult to handle. But I know Prime will put you in a tanker right out of CDL training if that's what you want. Not sure if Schneider is the same.


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.
John B.'s Comment
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Your right..i will explain my situation in another post..its difficult for me to explain..and I appolagize ahead of time for the length..

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I drove both chemical and fuel grade tankers for 11 years. This is something I would not recommend for a rookie. I have never done food grade and wouldn't want to either. Enough of that. Food grade doesn't have baffles in then to slow the slosh of the liquid. In fuel tankers they have baffles to slow the slosh. Let say you are in town with stop lights that most cities have. You are on a road that is 45 mph, you now about one football field away from the light, the light changes and instead of the car in front of you going through he decides to stop. How long do you think it will take you to stop? Can you do it without hitting the car ahead of you? Let's say you do stop in time, now the slosh is slamming forward pushing you on, now you ha e hit the car in front of you. So my opinion is to say no, NO to rookies driving tankers with at least 8-10 weeks minimum.



A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.
Amish country's Comment
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I believe that quality carriers trains on the chemical liquid side. I know for sure that we train on the dry bulk side but that's going to depend on your location. Dry bulk is the safer tank route because you dont deal with surge and slosh.

PJ's Comment
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You have to have 1 yr minimum experience driving to get on with QC

Rob S.'s Comment
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My employer hires out of schools sometimes. We are Northwest only and it's local work. Not sure where you are.

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