Got Hired At ODFL’s Driver Training Program!

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Mike G's Comment
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Well after applying at 3 other Old Dominion terminals, I finally got hired at the 4th one for their driver training program. I don’t have my CDL so they’ll train me to get my permit and CDL. I’ll work the dock until the next classes start up which I was told are monthly. I start December 1st and can’t wait to start!

When I gave my notice at work it was fun explaining to people why I chose a career in trucking. After almost 14 years as a Service Advisor at a dealership I’m ready to start this exciting field.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Welcome aboard! I'll happily answer any questions you may have if I can.

Linehaul or P&D?

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.
Mike G's Comment
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Welcome aboard! I'll happily answer any questions you may have if I can.

Linehaul or P&D?

Thanks Bobcat_Bob! They said my first year I’ll be a combo driver but my preference is to do strictly Linehaul once that’s done.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

Here are some great resources:

High Road CDL Training Program

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
Mike G's Comment
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Thanks PackRat, I appreciate that info!

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Congratulations! Just finished the classroom portion of the training portion myself and it was awesome! Which terminal are you headed to?

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.

Mike G's Comment
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Congratulations! Just finished the classroom portion of the training portion myself and it was awesome! Which terminal are you headed to?

I’m headed to the Irwindale terminal.

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.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Congrats Mike G. I called OD but they said they didn't train. I'm at Knight doing driver training now. It's fun, learning a lot. I'm thinking about applying to OD after a year with Knight. Good luck at OD!

Mike G's Comment
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Congrats Mike G. I called OD but they said they didn't train. I'm at Knight doing driver training now. It's fun, learning a lot. I'm thinking about applying to OD after a year with Knight. Good luck at OD!

Thanks! Must be your area because a lot of the terminals around here are hiring for the Driver Training Program. Getting that year experience sounds like a solid plan.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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They said my first year I’ll be a combo driver but my preference is to do strictly Linehaul once that’s done.

Combo driver will keep you busy, that year will fly by.

I called OD but they said they didn't train. I'm at Knight doing driver training now. It's fun, learning a lot. I'm thinking about applying to OD after a year with Knight. Good luck at OD!

Unfortunately it all depends on which terminal you apply to and what they need at that time.

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.

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.
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