Been Lurking But Possibly Soon To Be Ex Federal Worker Getting Ready For The Jump

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Nuts's Comment
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Well I have been lurking for about a little over a year planning my 3rd career when the kids grow up but looks like that will be jump started thanks to Mr. Potatohead. I am a federal worker currently and unless the senseless dictate get rescinded I will be fired around Christmas for refusing to take the vax. I contacted Magnum Trucking today about there "Drivers Apprenticeship Program" and like what I heard. They have class starting every 7 weeks with a 1yr commitment for the 6 weeks of training that is 40hrs a week at $14hr, 4 weeks in a truck with a trainer getting paid mileage, then onto your own truck. They offer OTR , Regional , Linehaul , and P&D. They also have a position called "Maverick" which travels for a week to a terminal in need. I know that I would prefer regional or OTR first but the Maverick position sounds like something that would be rewarding after learning the trucking game for a year first. Thanks to everyone here for all the posts they have been very informative and I hope to learn more before beginning a new career whether that is on my terms or someone else's with an agenda.

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.

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.

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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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They have class starting every 7 weeks with a 1yr commitment for the 6 weeks of training that is 40hrs a week at $14hr, 4 weeks in a truck with a trainer getting paid mileage, then onto your own truck.

Just making sure we have the terminology correct here. The 6 weeks of training? Is that actually 6 weeks of CDL school where you will be learning what you need to know to pass your CDL tests?

Then the following 4 weeks will be actual job training?

If so that sounds like a good deal. Most companies don't pay you while you are being instructed prior to earning your CDL.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Nuts's Comment
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Rob, yes that is the program. https://magnumlog.com/careers

They are a local to me program so that is what attracted me to them. They run out of the midwest and the training is done in Coon Rapids, MN where they have a terminal. No NY or CA for the OTR division.

Good luck with your new endeavors at Cowan.

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.

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.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Interesting program and company, Nuts. I had a recently road trip through South Dakota and Wyoming, and now that you mention them, the company name does seem familiar. I may relocate out that way, so I'm always keeping my eye out for companies in that operating area. Best of luck to you!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Interesting program and company, Nuts. I had a recently road trip through South Dakota and Wyoming, and now that you mention them, 

They have a terminal in Rockford. I believe when I started job hunting 4.5 years ago they where looking for a dedicated home nightly driver out of there

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.

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