Got Hired At ODFL’s Driver Training Program!

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TwoSides11's Comment
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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.

Yea I'm in the Philadelphia area. I didn't call any other terminals. Yea getting that yr experience will make me more desirable to them lol and that will give me time to get my doubles and hazmat and twic card.

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

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Delco Dave's Comment
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Hey Two Sides, I’m in the Philly area as well. I applied for ABF’s driver development program at the Aston/Chester location. Even though there are multiple driver positions open, they are not currently training in house. Union rep said get CDL and apply again

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hey Two Sides, I’m in the Philly area as well. I applied for ABF’s driver development program at the Aston/Chester location. Even though there are multiple driver positions open, they are not currently training in house. Union rep said get CDL and apply again

Awh, dang, Dave!

I always find stuff out about you, randomly . . . haha! (You need to start a thread, good sir!)

So NOW what's the plan? Dang; LTL really IS so hot, nowadays...or it seems. Ads everywhere! Sadly, ODFL is just too far for my guy, either terminal.

Estes is in Mansfield, but idk..they've rejected him before, and he's (we're) just in a comfort zone with FAB at this point.

Central is always hiring; they STILL call us! (LoL... that's not even funny, haha!)

What's YOUR plan? No ODFL or FX/LH near ya??

Sorry for the hijack, OP!

~ 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.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Delco Dave's Comment
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Either going to apply for YRC/Yellow training program or go to local Community college CDL school and apply to ABF 1st, and whoever else if they dont hire me. I’ll even go food delivery for Sysco or performance foods if necessary. Worked labor trades my whole life, not afraid to unload truck. Unfortunately, OTR is a last resort for me, wife doesnt want to hear anything about OTR or mega carrier OTR training.

Been holding off on starting a thread or training diary until I’m actually hired or started school

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.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Either going to apply for YRC/Yellow training program or go to local Community college CDL school and apply to ABF 1st, and whoever else if they dont hire me. I’ll even go food delivery for Sysco or performance foods if necessary. Worked labor trades my whole life, not afraid to unload truck. Unfortunately, OTR is a last resort for me, wife doesnt want to hear anything about OTR or mega carrier OTR training.

Been holding off on starting a thread or training diary until I’m actually hired or started school

I hear ya, Dave.

Sorry to hit a sore spot.

Do ya know; FAB hires in PA? Tom delivers there, on occasion. Not sure why; we have I/P and yards there.

Don't know your state; sorry. Just something to look into,is all. Not Linehaul , but pretty darn good gig.

~ Anne ~

ps: email in profi.

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.

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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