I’m Going With Schneider Now I’m Nervous

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Larry B. 's Comment
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I applied at Schneider this morning and got a conditional offer to go to orientation in Green Bay probably October 5.

I went to cdl school two years ago and then got hired with a company but I only went out with a trainer for a week and then decided to hold off on the trucking career until my last son graduated high school and haven’t been in a truck since. My son is now in college and I’m ready to go.

I’m already nervous about orientation. Will they expect me to do a driving test and a pretrip at the beginning of orientation? If I screw it up will they send me home? They hired me as a CDL holder with less than three months experience. Im probably overthinking things as usual.

I would like to hear from current or recent Schneider drivers if possible

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I applied at Schneider this morning and got a conditional offer to go to orientation in Green Bay probably October 5.

I went to cdl school two years ago and then got hired with a company but I only went out with a trainer for a week and then decided to hold off on the trucking career until my last son graduated high school and haven’t been in a truck since. My son is now in college and I’m ready to go.

I’m already nervous about orientation. Will they expect me to do a driving test and a pretrip at the beginning of orientation? If I screw it up will they send me home? They hired me as a CDL holder with less than three months experience. Im probably overthinking things as usual.

I would like to hear from current or recent Schneider drivers if possible

Howdy, Larry!

Bruce K. is going BACK with SNI here shortly; I'd suggest you perhaps read his postings !!! He seems to be doing a 'similar' do/start over, as you are. Might be starting at a similar date..I'll let you do the research, as he's posted a ton of pertinent info lately, re; meds, CPAP , et al.

There are SO many peeps on here that began (and continued!) with Schneider.

Best wishes!

~ 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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Anne, thanks for that rousing introduction! LOL.

She's right about your schedule and mine being similar. I hope to be there as early as 9/20 but more likely 9/27. After I got my CDL at an independent school (didn't know about TT at the time), all my training and driving was out of the Green Bay Operating Center. The instructors know new attendees are probably nervous and they do a great job to get students settled down.

I'm rusty after my 2 year interruption so I'm reviewing my training materials which, thankfully, I kept. You can do the same thing with the training links on TT. Maybe I'll see you up there in a few weeks.

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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LOL I keep getting texts or VM, emails from Schneider, but they don't pay enough

Andrey's Comment
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Don't be nervous. Yes, they will most likely take you for a quick road test, and then send you out with a trainer for 2-3 weeks.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Don't be nervous. Yes, they will most likely take you for a quick road test, and then send you out with a trainer for 2-3 weeks.

Unless things have changed, orientation will be the first week. Classroom combined with practice range driving and some driving around the industrial park. Before you go out with a trainer you will have to learn how to use their tablet system and take a bunch of computer tests. Schneider's training is pretty comprehensive.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Start studying the pre-trip and anything else you still have. Refresh your memory. They’ll likely give you their pretrip card and expect you to know it pretty quickly (since you’re an experienced driver).

They want a safe, dependable driver, not a superhero.

Bring your positive attitude and humility. Enjoy your time at the Mother Ship.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Schneider provided me with great study aids & laminated cheat sheets to keep. Remember, they make their money from good drivers. And good education makes good drivers.

Dean R.'s Comment
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I applied at Schneider this morning and got a conditional offer to go to orientation in Green Bay probably October 5.

I went to cdl school two years ago and then got hired with a company but I only went out with a trainer for a week and then decided to hold off on the trucking career until my last son graduated high school and haven’t been in a truck since. My son is now in college and I’m ready to go.

I’m already nervous about orientation. Will they expect me to do a driving test and a pretrip at the beginning of orientation? If I screw it up will they send me home? They hired me as a CDL holder with less than three months experience. Im probably overthinking things as usual.

I would like to hear from current or recent Schneider drivers if possible

I've been at Schneider for 9 months. You will go on a drive with a driver trainer. They want to see where you are as far as driving skills. It wasn't that hard. They give clear instructions. Screwing up? Depends how bad. They start you with an easy route. As one Trucking Truther would say, "Watch yer wagon." The pre-trip is printed, laminated, and given to you. You just have to follow along, usually working in pairs. As long as you follow the printed instructions you'll be okay.

Relax, listen, have an open mind, take your driving criticism as training points. They don't try to fail you and make you go home. The driving instructor I had was patient yet firm. Where most people fail is the academics. Just use your notes and books. It's open book. Whatever you do, DON'T FALL ASLEEP IN THE CLASSROOM! If you feel sleepy stand up and go to the back of the room. Also don't go to the hotel bar and partake in alcoholic beverages. That will be an automatic trip home.

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.
Larry T.'s Comment
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I went to the Green Bay training Academy a month ago. Great instructors. Great people. They gave us pre-trip/tiv/in cab air check pamphlets and Coupling/Uncoupling pamphlets that could be used during the test.

You need 15 points or less to pass the road test and are allowed 2 curb jobs. lol.

As long as you can read and don't hit anything besides a couple curbs it s a piece of cake.

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