CDL Jobs In North Carolina Around Charlotte

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Ryan O.'s Comment
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Me and my fiancé are planning on moving to North Carolina. Mooreseville is at the top of our list. Really depends on where we find a house. It will be around Charlotte, more towards the north end of it. She is transferring. I have to find work.

I have 3.5 years of driving experience, starting in 2017. We pull 39 foot frameless end dumps and tankers in the spring and summer for liquid fertilizer. I also have 6 months of OTR Dryvan in the middle of the 3.5 years. I also have C felony battery I was convicted of in 2010. Sentence fully completed in 2014 and haven't been in trouble since then. 29 years old.

I do really enjoy pulling the end dump and pulling tankers. Someone told me there is a lot of end dump work down south, is that true? I also am willing to get my hazmat if needed. Willing to do tri/quad dump truck, concrete truck, propane truck, etc. Also try flatbed, lowboy, refer, etc. I have an open mind and willing to work. I make 55-60k a year without benefits right now. Ideally would like to stay at least at that or know I can work up to that. I would like to make OTR the last resort. I can handle OTR. My fiancé can't and made it clear she won't be happy with a husband gone.

I hear a lot of stuff up here about CDL jobs down there.

"They don't hire felons like they do up here"

"What pays 50k up here, pays 30k down here. You won't make any money being local"

"There are jobs everywhere"

It keeps going back and forth. I don't have social media, so I can't look and ask there. I checked indeed, but its mostly OTR, big company stuff. We are moving from Indiana and both really excited about a new life. I can't wait to not have to stand outside watching my truck load in a foot of snow and the negative windchill in my face. It has me really nervous about finding decent work due to my felony and the negative things I hear.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Dryvan:

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Not goin over the road kinda limits your options may see if o/d runs outta there or fed ex not really sure your felony is old enough not to matter just be honest with them I’ve got an extensive felony past and I believed all the talk how I had to take what I could get and it turned out not to be so bad tell them the truth and don’t have nothing pop up on you and you’ll be fine some said no more said yes and I’m still getting offers good luck

Me and my fiancé are planning on moving to North Carolina. Mooreseville is at the top of our list. Really depends on where we find a house. It will be around Charlotte, more towards the north end of it. She is transferring. I have to find work.

I have 3.5 years of driving experience, starting in 2017. We pull 39 foot frameless end dumps and tankers in the spring and summer for liquid fertilizer. I also have 6 months of OTR Dryvan in the middle of the 3.5 years. I also have C felony battery I was convicted of in 2010. Sentence fully completed in 2014 and haven't been in trouble since then. 29 years old.

I do really enjoy pulling the end dump and pulling tankers. Someone told me there is a lot of end dump work down south, is that true? I also am willing to get my hazmat if needed. Willing to do tri/quad dump truck, concrete truck, propane truck, etc. Also try flatbed, lowboy, refer, etc. I have an open mind and willing to work. I make 55-60k a year without benefits right now. Ideally would like to stay at least at that or know I can work up to that. I would like to make OTR the last resort. I can handle OTR. My fiancé can't and made it clear she won't be happy with a husband gone.

I hear a lot of stuff up here about CDL jobs down there.

"They don't hire felons like they do up here"

"What pays 50k up here, pays 30k down here. You won't make any money being local"

"There are jobs everywhere"

It keeps going back and forth. I don't have social media, so I can't look and ask there. I checked indeed, but its mostly OTR, big company stuff. We are moving from Indiana and both really excited about a new life. I can't wait to not have to stand outside watching my truck load in a foot of snow and the negative windchill in my face. It has me really nervous about finding decent work due to my felony and the negative things I hear.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

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.

Dryvan:

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.
Banks's Comment
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A quick search shows that there are a lot of jobs in the Charlotte area that pay what you want to be paid and involve the things you want to do.

Don't let people tell you how much jobs in another region pay. How would they know unless they lived there recently?

When I left n New York they all told me the same thing. Jobs in Pennsylvania pay minimum wage, you'll never survive blah blah blah.... Within a year I was making more money here with less expenses. People scared to do things themselves project that on to others. Don't let it be a factor in your decision making.

As for your C Felony, it may be a problem with some places, but it's more than likely that it won't. Transportation companies are more concerned with drug offenses, DUI/DWI and other moving violations.

My suggestion would be hold off on applying for anything until you're in NC. Local trucking jobs move fast. You apply, they talk to you on the phone, bring you in for physical, drug test and road test. They usually have you starting in 2-3 weeks. No point in applying now to say you're just looking into it and we're planning and it depends.

Good luck with everything.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Considered linehaul or P&D for a LTL company? At OD in 2 or 3 years you could probably make 100k and be home everyday of you do P&D you should be able to pull in 75k+. Not sure if the felony will be a problem or not.

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

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

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

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I live in Charlotte, there are tons of trucking jobs. Look on indeed. I don't know what's in Mooresville. Many of the NASCAR teams are based there. Blue Max is a large dump truck company. There is also LTL and line haul. Hope that helps. Get your Hazmat and other endorsements to improve your odds.

Good luck.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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

Line Haul:

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.
Ryan O.'s Comment
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I really appreciate you guys replying to me.

My felony is unfortunate. I was told no more than I was yes. I wasn't sure if it differed being another state. I was honestly a sheltered child with a family that didn't travel at all. The 6 months OTR was the most traveling I done. I went to Flordia for a weekend once. Drove a 24 foot Uhaul down there. Its nice to hear from people that actually know the area, to let me know.

I knew about the work you guys mentioned. I didnt know the wording for it. I'm open for any of that. I have an open mind and give it a long try before I decide I don't want to do it anymore. I didnt mind the OTR job. First time seeing the east coast and loved seeing the hills and the ships out in the port, despite the stuck up folks out there and traffic. I don't moan and groan about loads. I told the boss there.. "Give me a load and ill take it where it needs to go. I don't need babysat". So they started screwing me after I got settled in and giving me low paying crappy loads and giving my good loads to cry baby's. I put my two weeks in and went back to end dump. Im not aposed to OTR at all. Im just avoiding the major strain it will make on our relationship.

The plan right now is to use up the rest of my vacation and take long weekends to scope the areas out. When we move. Ill be going down with a big chunk of savings and my Jeep paid months ahead. Give me time to find work and get the new house moved into. She ain't driving the uhaul thats for sure!! I'm excited and ready to get out of Indiana. Again. I appreciate the replys and good words.

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.

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