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Rob T.'s Comment
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I would literally have to use all my vacay and sick time.

but if you'd be quitting your job to become a driver whats the problem? I've heard a ton of excellent things things about ODFL and have friends doing quite well there. If things don't work out where I'm at right now they'll likely be my first choice.

Let us know if you hear anything, especially in regards to applying for a different terminal. For local/ LTL jobs you typically start and stop at the same terminal. OTR or regional jobs is where you'll hear about people working out of a different terminal than their nearest one.

Terminal:

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.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Rhino's Comment
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That’s true but I wanna find out what school is accepted by them if their training don’t pan out then go from there talk to manager at the Vegas location and see if I can get lucky lol. I’m ok with ltl work. I heard they are a great company. I will keep y’all updated

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I would literally have to use all my vacay and sick time.

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but if you'd be quitting your job to become a driver whats the problem? I've heard a ton of excellent things things about ODFL and have friends doing quite well there. If things don't work out where I'm at right now they'll likely be my first choice.

Let us know if you hear anything, especially in regards to applying for a different terminal. For local/ LTL jobs you typically start and stop at the same terminal. OTR or regional jobs is where you'll hear about people working out of a different terminal than their nearest one.

Terminal:

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.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You don't need to move to Sacramento (you wouldn't want to, believe me...). You apply to the position in Vegas and once hired you work the dock until the next class starts assuming you get approved. Could be months or weeks, if my memory is correct we had 2 or 3 classes held in N Cal last year. You won't just get hired and go straight to school the following day.

Let's assume your schooling is in Sacramento. You won't be here long. You arrive here for 3 days of yard training. Day 1 of yard training is heavy pre-trip with straight line backing. Day 2 we add offset backing with alley dock. Day 3 we add a parallel parking course. All days we have a truck running for shifting practice. That concludes week 1.

Week 2 you'll do classroom M-F (back for a few hours of yard training on Friday to end). The classroom portion is hosted by the regional safety meeting. She does a great job, is backed by over 20 years experience, and has a genuine passion for this stuff. This concludes week 2.

At this point you're back to Vegas. It is now your responsibility to get that permit asap. Your trainer is ready for you and everything is in line for you to begin. As soon as you get your permit you hit the road for a minimum of 190 hours then get your CDL. After you get your CDL you go with a linehaul trainer for roughly 2 weeks.

After that you do an extremely thorough driving exam with the regional safety manager. If you pass then you're solo enjoying your .70cpm+ pay. Its not hard to hit 6 figures as LH.

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.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rhino's Comment
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I will apply for a Vegas position in the morning. Well hopefully I can get in a class soon as possible. Believe me I don’t want to live in California or as I call is commiefornia. I can handle that that seems pretty easy I have some experience driving for greyhound but know it’s different with a trailer. I actually am planning to go get my permit here real soon I’ve been doing practice tests on here so I don’t think I’ll have an issue passing. Hopefully a class opens soon. Thanks for the insight appreciate it. Look forward to having a career I will enjoy

You don't need to move to Sacramento (you wouldn't want to, believe me...). You apply to the position in Vegas and once hired you work the dock until the next class starts assuming you get approved. Could be months or weeks, if my memory is correct we had 2 or 3 classes held in N Cal last year. You won't just get hired and go straight to school the following day.

Let's assume your schooling is in Sacramento. You won't be here long. You arrive here for 3 days of yard training. Day 1 of yard training is heavy pre-trip with straight line backing. Day 2 we add offset backing with alley dock. Day 3 we add a parallel parking course. All days we have a truck running for shifting practice. That concludes week 1.

Week 2 you'll do classroom M-F (back for a few hours of yard training on Friday to end). The classroom portion is hosted by the regional safety meeting. She does a great job, is backed by over 20 years experience, and has a genuine passion for this stuff. This concludes week 2.

At this point you're back to Vegas. It is now your responsibility to get that permit asap. Your trainer is ready for you and everything is in line for you to begin. As soon as you get your permit you hit the road for a minimum of 190 hours then get your CDL. After you get your CDL you go with a linehaul trainer for roughly 2 weeks.

After that you do an extremely thorough driving exam with the regional safety manager. If you pass then you're solo enjoying your .70cpm+ pay. Its not hard to hit 6 figures as LH.

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.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rhino's Comment
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Just applied for Vegas location as well so we shall see if they call soon I will update you all

Rhino's Comment
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It’s been a week and have not heard back should I just go into the Las Vegas location and talk to someone?

You don't need to move to Sacramento (you wouldn't want to, believe me...). You apply to the position in Vegas and once hired you work the dock until the next class starts assuming you get approved. Could be months or weeks, if my memory is correct we had 2 or 3 classes held in N Cal last year. You won't just get hired and go straight to school the following day.

Let's assume your schooling is in Sacramento. You won't be here long. You arrive here for 3 days of yard training. Day 1 of yard training is heavy pre-trip with straight line backing. Day 2 we add offset backing with alley dock. Day 3 we add a parallel parking course. All days we have a truck running for shifting practice. That concludes week 1.

Week 2 you'll do classroom M-F (back for a few hours of yard training on Friday to end). The classroom portion is hosted by the regional safety meeting. She does a great job, is backed by over 20 years experience, and has a genuine passion for this stuff. This concludes week 2.

At this point you're back to Vegas. It is now your responsibility to get that permit asap. Your trainer is ready for you and everything is in line for you to begin. As soon as you get your permit you hit the road for a minimum of 190 hours then get your CDL. After you get your CDL you go with a linehaul trainer for roughly 2 weeks.

After that you do an extremely thorough driving exam with the regional safety manager. If you pass then you're solo enjoying your .70cpm+ pay. Its not hard to hit 6 figures as LH.

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.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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I would. That shows initiative.

Rhino's Comment
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I talked to them they said either work there as a dock worker and wait for class to open. Or they also accept recent grad from trucking school

I would. That shows initiative.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I talked to them they said either work there as a dock worker and wait for class to open. Or they also accept recent grad from trucking school

I did the private school route, but either way would be good. If you did dock work there is no guarantee on when a class would start it could be right away or it could be months. If you take the private school route and go in with a CDL you would be a driver after a month of training.

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.
Oddball's Comment
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Many LTLs are hiring like mad. It's really a great opportunity. I did it for 5 years. I'd go back if it wasn't for a few factors. You can make really good money for sure.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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