CDL Training Through Company That Isn't Well Known...

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Hanny B.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I'm currently in the process of getting my CDL A license but am having some concerns...

I currently live in Maui, Hawaii and have gone through and taken my written exams (GK, air brakes, comb., hazmat , DT, and tanker) and passed at the DMV. I then started attending a CMV driving program through a company here locally called CCM CDL training which is basically a mom and pop company. The instructor/owner is extremely well versed and has been trucking for 30+ years. I've been attending now for a couple weeks and it's pretty extensive training (pre trip, hook, unhook, shifting, etc. etc.).

He is well connected with freight companies on the island and whenever a student graduates from his training, he usually has a company ready to hire them. I'm told a company will hire me as soon as we finish at about $22/hr. Although this rate isn't terrible, I feel I can make a lot more on the mainland driving OTR and also cost of living here is astronomical so I also want to leave because of that.

Now, my concern is that once I finish my training, will I struggle to find a carrier to pick me up on the mainland considering my training wasn't through an "accredited" program (or maybe it is, idk...) ???

I'm very confident that the training I'm receiving is going to make me a safe and reliable operator and I will be just as good, if not better than folks who've gone to a well known schooling. Does anyone know of any companies who would possibly be willing to hire someone with my kind of situation?

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Mahalo

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Aloha, Hanny !

Welcome to Trucking Truth, btw ~!!!

I've got family in Hilo, and will see if I can find out any additional information for you later today; will hit up my 'anakala ...he used to be a CDLA driver as well.

Wish you the best; and I understand about switching to the mainland. Check out some of our helpful links, while you are here:

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A hui hou ~

~ Anne ~

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

John H.'s Comment
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If you actually have your CDL , you will go OTR with a trainer for some time (varies according to carrier). The company you go to after you get your CDL will actually train you to do the job.

So assuming I am understanding the situation correctly, that is all it would be...just like if you went to a company there, you will still have to be trained for the job. The CDL school, just trains you to get the license.

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.

James H.'s Comment
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I would ask Mom and Pop where their graduates have been hired. Or, if there are particular mainland carriers you're interested in, you can check with those companies. I also did private CDL school, and one of the companies I was interested in told me that their safety division doesn't approve inexperienced driver hires from my school, so that was a no-go. They did say that once I have three months experience I can apply as experienced, so maybe that's an option for you. Job hopping is generally frowned on, but relocating halfway across the Pacific Ocean seems like a legitimate reason to switch companies.

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.
JakeBreak's Comment
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If I understand right then you are currently in school for your CDL.

It all really depends on how long you are gonna want to stay on the island. If your gonna stay 6 months or a year and save up money for the move then I would take the 22p/h offer n when you get to the mainland you'll have a year of experience under your belt and where you went to school won't matter as much. The other option is if you are planning on moving sooner then just wait til you get here and do one of the company sponsored cdl 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.
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