What Direction Does One Take?

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Kandyman's Comment
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Hows does one get into dispatch and/or Load planning? I have not seen a whole lot of info out there? I do not see myself back behind the wheel. Long story. The chef life has been brutal. I am burnt. I would love to drive again, at this point not happening. I think w my short time in trucking and my skills running a kitchen I could excel in dispatch/load planning , driver mgr etc. How do I go about it? Who do I call etc? Ideas?? confused.gif confused.gif

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Im guessin ANY trucking company in your area, or where you'd wanna work at?

Craigslist maybe? have seen some ads for that here, in So Cali.

Kandyman's Comment
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I live in rural Virginia. There is a few companies close by. I didnt know if a training program existed or not. I may reach out to one of the big guys and see what they say.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I live in rural Virginia. There is a few companies close by. I didnt know if a training program existed or not. I may reach out to one of the big guys and see what they say.

Hay Chris;

I looked this up some time ago, interested myself. Google it. Some 'larger' big boys, that lease on O/O's have their own training programs. I bet PJ has some details; I'll try to raise him up.

In looking at 'doing this' from home, the start up costs are a bit excessive, because of the the level of technologically correct equipment. Plus, living in 'rural' Ohio, I've not always got the best WiFi to 'sport.' YMMV, but .. in VA/rural, at home may not work, either.

I've toyed with it often, but for now; just playing 'dispatcher' to my own guy. Seems so, at times . . . anyway!

Clever career path; I'm seeing that mostly it's HS Diploma or equivalent, but any other 'enhancements' or degrees, would only help facilitate the applicant!

Wish you well,

~ Anne ~

ps: Interesting one: How To Become A Dispatcher

Dispatcher:

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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“Rural Virginia” covers A LOT of the state.

In a place called Stuarts Draft (west of Charlottesville), there’s a Target Distribution Center. Schneider used to (maybe still does) run dedicated out of there and they use dispatchers.

If you’re near Winchester, there are distribution centers in that area and up into Hagerstown, Md. (about 45 minutes up I-81).

I hope this helps.

Dispatcher:

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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“Rural Virginia” covers A LOT of the state.

In a place called Stuarts Draft (west of Charlottesville), there’s a Target Distribution Center. Schneider used to (maybe still does) run dedicated out of there and they use dispatchers.

Yep, they still do! This is the area where I grew up. Incidentally, I'm parked at White's now for days off.

Dispatcher:

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.
Kandyman's Comment
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I am looking to get into dispatch side of things. Not a geography lesson. I live on the Va/Nc border near Fancy Gap. Fleetmaster is based out of Roanoke. Houff out of Stuarts Draft etc Do companies have a training program? I found an online course for around 2500$ no guarantees it states. Ha!

Kandyman's Comment
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Misread the comment. I take back the geography lesson comment. Thanks for the info. embarrassed.gif

Kandyman's Comment
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A bit of an update. I called a few Virginia based companies yesterday and one in particular I actually reached dispatch. The kind lady informed me that she had some experience in receiving at a warehouse, applied to the company for a dispatch job and boom! Got the job loves it (for most part) and took my info. Although she transferred me to recruiting she was going to put in a word for me also. We b'sed for a bit. Fun fun!

Davy A.'s Comment
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Hey, hopefully not getting personal. I'm sure you probably looked at it too. But did the docs check to make sure you weren't hypoglycemic?

When I was younger, I suffered from it pretty badly and would often end up having it confused with narcolepsy. I have to very carefully manage my diet to keep from going low, but it's doable.

Again, my apologies if it is too personal and probably already examined.

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