Wife-school Or Company School

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Turbo617's Comment
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My wife is currently in trucking school. No issues there except her job isn’t accommodating at all. Threatening her with firing her.

Weekends she’s literally on 2 hours of sleep . She goes from school to work. To school . To work. Barely even stepping foot in our place - just to shower and change then leave. But they don’t care

From what she tells me, it seems like they don’t want anyone to advance and she doesn’t want to be stuck in that place with those miserable people.

Anyway she approached me with going to company paid training. I gave her the warning of signing a 1 year contract in exchange for a cdl . She’s for it. I suggested prime to her as I seen countless of members reviews ( Though rainy? comes to mind )

What you guys think. Yes I’m aware personal choice. She’s up for the year contract.

She’s a bit slow minded but once she catches on, man she’s hooked. I tell her everyday of my local adventures and she fell in love

She’s about 130 pounds. 5’9

She talked about flatbed And refer . I did my stint of flatbed and told her I’ve seen short tiny folk handle that tarp, just be prepared to get those work muscles first few weeks until your used to it.

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.
Old School's Comment
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We love those company sponsored programs. Read this, it will help you understand why.

Why I Prefer Company Sponsored Training Programs

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I gave her the warning of signing a 1 year contract in exchange for a cdl .

What warning is there about this kind of exchange? I took that deal with Swift six years ago with any problems.

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.
Turbo617's Comment
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I was raised- Growing up a mans word is everything.

You get free training. Honor your commitment for atleast 1 year.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Paul J.'s Comment
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So last year, I went to a School Bus Drivers training school (figured I could get my CDL started that way) and they mentioned at the start that if anyone didn't last 6 months, they'd have to pay for the training they received..

Day one of training consisted of filling out a few forms here and there. Then the "instructor" handed a stack of paper saying "Take one and pass it on.." for a total of 8 pages of text.. No pictures, just words..

Then he tells the person in the first seat to read the first 3 paragraphs out loud, and so on through the rest of the class and all the pages.

THIS was a major part of their training!

The next day, I called and said "I'm sorry but, I was offered a job and I'll be accepting that instead of driving a bus."

Some other things they mentioned was ways to get more hours... One was filling the fuel tanks on the busses or washing the busses... driving for football games or other sporting events..

I've been seriously looking at buying a 14-16' box van and doing moving with that.

CDL is recommended from what I read here but, not required.. unless you want to move up in the world of transportation. I want to drive something where I can take my dog with me to work and make my own wages.

I'm retired military and the VA has said they'd pay for me to go to a CDL training school but, is there any companies out there that will hire someone with a shiny new drivers license??

I'm up in the Pacific North Wet along the I-5 corridor and wouldn't mind running up and down that route.. Maybe the Western states if it comes to that. I've also driven the ALCAN to Anchorage and Fairbanks a total of 7 times and that would be a great run..

Any ideas or suggestions??

Currently I do floor plans and drawings for people wanting everything from outhouses to 4,500 sq ft houses.. I did Engineering work for 20 years in the Air Force, any time I had a chance, I was operating heavy equipment.. but.. I'm tired of sitting in a room in my house looking at a computer screen. You drivers have got the best screen there is.. You get to see the country every time you're behind the wheel.

I stepped out of engineering for a year or so and starting buying, repairing, and selling small engines (i.e. lawnmowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, etc), had a step van I picked up at an auction for $1,600 and drove it home. Had plans to make it my mobile shop.

Wife poo-poo'd all over that idea.. Sold the step van 2 years later for $3,800..

I'm thinking I'm going to get back into fixing them again. Gives me a lot more satisfaction than drawing lines on a screen..

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I was raised- Growing up a mans word is everything.

You get free training. Honor your commitment for atleast 1 year.

Unfortunately that has gone the way of the Dodo Bird and not by just companies but by individuals. I no longer take anyone at their word but have important stuff written whether it's an estimate for work I want done or getting a job. A contract protects you and the company. It is necessary because it's not JUST one year of work for training but wages, mileage, what happens if there is a wreck, etc are included.

I was raised by a handshake is your word. At 68 and having owned a business, I found that people don't keep their word....regardless how they come across as being an "honest" person/company. Currently I am having to take a former Boss to small claims court for nonpayment of miles. Also, he has been turned in for taking taxes out of my checks and not turning them into the IRS and Social Security. Right now he's claiming I was a 1099 employee. Fortunately, due to paperwork, he's being shown as a scam artist.

Laura

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Moe's Comment
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Paul, I read you live in the PNW, what part?

So last year, I went to a School Bus Drivers training school (figured I could get my CDL started that way) and they mentioned at the start that if anyone didn't last 6 months, they'd have to pay for the training they received..

Day one of training consisted of filling out a few forms here and there. Then the "instructor" handed a stack of paper saying "Take one and pass it on.." for a total of 8 pages of text.. No pictures, just words..

Then he tells the person in the first seat to read the first 3 paragraphs out loud, and so on through the rest of the class and all the pages.

THIS was a major part of their training!

The next day, I called and said "I'm sorry but, I was offered a job and I'll be accepting that instead of driving a bus."

Some other things they mentioned was ways to get more hours... One was filling the fuel tanks on the busses or washing the busses... driving for football games or other sporting events..

I've been seriously looking at buying a 14-16' box van and doing moving with that.

CDL is recommended from what I read here but, not required.. unless you want to move up in the world of transportation. I want to drive something where I can take my dog with me to work and make my own wages.

I'm retired military and the VA has said they'd pay for me to go to a CDL training school but, is there any companies out there that will hire someone with a shiny new drivers license??

I'm up in the Pacific North Wet along the I-5 corridor and wouldn't mind running up and down that route.. Maybe the Western states if it comes to that. I've also driven the ALCAN to Anchorage and Fairbanks a total of 7 times and that would be a great run..

Any ideas or suggestions??

Currently I do floor plans and drawings for people wanting everything from outhouses to 4,500 sq ft houses.. I did Engineering work for 20 years in the Air Force, any time I had a chance, I was operating heavy equipment.. but.. I'm tired of sitting in a room in my house looking at a computer screen. You drivers have got the best screen there is.. You get to see the country every time you're behind the wheel.

I stepped out of engineering for a year or so and starting buying, repairing, and selling small engines (i.e. lawnmowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, etc), had a step van I picked up at an auction for $1,600 and drove it home. Had plans to make it my mobile shop.

Wife poo-poo'd all over that idea.. Sold the step van 2 years later for $3,800..

I'm thinking I'm going to get back into fixing them again. Gives me a lot more satisfaction than drawing lines on a screen..

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.
Paul J.'s Comment
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I live right across the Big Ditch from you up in 'the Couve. Just off I-205.

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