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Weasel 's Comment
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I wanted to do it right out of high school, but no one could afford me on their insurance to haul coal or logs so I never bothered getting my CDL. I worked as a greaser and PM Mechanic once or twice before they stuck in me in a Off Road Coal Truck and then a CAT Haul Truck. I tried underground too because it’s what both of my grandpas did. I love it underground just as much as I love being around trucks, but with politics in play I’ll watch the last of the coal companies holding on die. When I was in school from 08-16 I watched people leave WV and everything fall apart I’d say it’s gonna happen again, but worse.

Me thinks so too, but there will always be a requirement for truck drivers. I think anybody that's under 30 should seriously look at trucking as a solid career path. Drive for 30 years or longer, save wisely, and retire at a young age.

If I were 21 again, and had not done my military career for 32 years, trucking would have been my first alternate pick. That would put me at 44 years driving at age 65.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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The real growth industry with the incoming administration?

Drone pilots.

Dm:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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The real growth industry with the incoming administration?

Drone pilots.

Or interpreters.

Dm:

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.
Clayton J.'s Comment
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I started at Prime 6 Years ago. They paid me while training to get my CDL , paid me after receiving CDL and team driving with mentor, then obviously was paid as A solo driver with my own assigned Truck. Worked out well for Me for the most part. Im still in the industry. I left after my one Year was up to work for A local intermodal Company where i was living. Not sure if they still have that program there or not. I think its called New Prime inc now based out of Springfield Mo. They even pay you gas to drive your personal Car there. If you dont have A Car they pay for your bus ticket and post You up in a hotel free of charge while You get your cdl. They even give you 3 free meals a day if i remember correctly.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Weasel 's Comment
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Well I was laid off from the mines at the beginning of February, partly because of issues I was having with coping when I lost my grandma and missing some work. I’m having issues getting my unemployment sorted out, and I drastically reduced my bills. I could probably make it long enough to go through company training, but I don’t know why I would at this point because the UMWA has offered me a grant for retraining and a CDL is on the list. Now my only concern would be to find three things in a company; decent starting pay, good home time, and hires graduates fresh from school. I found out about 6 weeks ago I was gonna be a dad, so home time suddenly came way more important to me. My goal would be to work for TMC from what I understood about them, but I’m still nowhere near their age requirement.

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.

Dm:

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Well I was laid off from the mines at the beginning of February, partly because of issues I was having with coping when I lost my grandma and missing some work. I’m having issues getting my unemployment sorted out, and I drastically reduced my bills. I could probably make it long enough to go through company training, but I don’t know why I would at this point because the UMWA has offered me a grant for retraining and a CDL is on the list. Now my only concern would be to find three things in a company; decent starting pay, good home time, and hires graduates fresh from school. I found out about 6 weeks ago I was gonna be a dad, so home time suddenly came way more important to me. My goal would be to work for TMC from what I understood about them, but I’m still nowhere near their age requirement.

Howdy, Christian! (Again!! :) )

Have you looked into Maverick? I'm not well versed in their requirements, but if you are looking into flatbed, their hometime is SUPERB!

Also, I STILL must suggest (again!) this: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Congrats on the new addition, man!!! It's doable with a new one. I've survived it twice. Tom was OTR when BOTH mine (now 17 and 21) were born. CFI (as Big Scott suggested before) is another option!

Glad to see you back; GOOD LUCK !!!

~ Anne ~

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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.

Dm:

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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If you are still too young to go over the road , how old are you and when will you turn 21?

The training at a CDL School will only get you a CDL, it won't get you a job... whether it's local or not. You will have to pound the pavement to find some company to take you on. Not getting a job soon after getting your CDL is then considered stale and most companies won't take you on unless you get retrained.

Laura

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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