FABulous Don

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Don I see you are enjoying things at Fab which is great. My dad is sick of management/supervision and has been looking at getting his CDL back unfortunately he probably can not return to OD.

I know Fab hires right out of school do you know what the pay range would be? Or of they even still do it? Right now he has no interest in OTR so it would have to be a local job.

I can tell he is pretty miserable in his current position so I have been trying to come up with places he could contact.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Haya, BC Bob.. I was waiting for Don to reply.. so maybe with this 'bump' he will.

Anyway, my husband has been there five plus years, so I can share with you 'his' starting pay... if Don doesn't show up. (We helped him jump on board w/ a few months OTR.)

In IL, they ARE taking 'select' people straight from school; criteria unknown ... but I could speculate maturity has a lot to do with it, then again I could be wrong.

When Tom started, he was clearing between 7 and 800 a week. Insurance there was/is pricey. Pay stub numbers are higher now; I don't recall the starting mileage pay, but can look it up if Don doesn't. Keep in mind, my hub had a few many years under his belt, so pay could differ.

It's an awesome, laid back place to work. Tom brings the rig home as needed, and works every 5th weekend (on call.) No in cab cameras, newer Mack Pinnacles, no employee numbers, just names.

We are set...making what Rainy does, and home daily/off weekends. Lovin'it ~!

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OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Don I see you are enjoying things at Fab which is great. My dad is sick of management/supervision and has been looking at getting his CDL back unfortunately he probably can not return to OD.

I know Fab hires right out of school do you know what the pay range would be? Or of they even still do it? Right now he has no interest in OTR so it would have to be a local job.

I can tell he is pretty miserable in his current position so I have been trying to come up with places he could contact.

PS: Have you looked into GP Transco ? Recent article on them, via TT.. in his area. Not sure about experience level; website didn't say.

Wish you and your dad the best, good sir.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Thanks, Anne. He might contact the local CDL school and see what they say.

He applied at GP for a different job and didn't get 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.
Don's Comment
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Well, I am late to the party, Bobcat Bob. FAB Express does take inexperienced drivers, but I would advise your Dad to contact FAB Express to get information regarding hiring in his area. The regional Manager for his area can provide him all the information. I am hesitant to mention starting pay here without consent from FAB Express. Don't want to ruffle feathers. I like working for them. The dispatchers keep me moving. The mechanic at my yard makes needed repairs in a timely manner and if I have any issues, I have no trouble getting answers from anyone in LeMont, IL (the home office). My pay is correct, but if on that rare occasion it isn't, with a phone call payroll corrects it right away. If there is a con, I would say health insurance is pricey. Also, at times I may get dispatched early to an appointment, where I end up sitting at a consignee. Pro's far out way the Con's.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Thanks, he lives less than 20 minutes from their Lemont yard I have him call tomorrow and see what they have to say.

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