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Davy A.'s Comment
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I've never worked for a company that treated me like family. They've said it and the owner knew my name, but they I wasn't family. I was working 50-60 hours a week over nights to make 35k. The others cousin and brother in law were making 6 figures working from 6 AM to 2 PM. I must've been a distant relative. Sure they helped me out a jam here and there, but not like they did actual family.

At FedEx, I'm just a number. My medical is better, my retirement plan is better and my income more than doubled.

I'll be a number all day long.

I've worked at my own company with my brothers. We fist fought each other and occasionally escalated to throwing tools at each other.....I'll pass on the treated like family thing. Plus I'm the youngest out of 3 brothers.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Navypoppop's Comment
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Anne,

Is it "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers? My AM brain says I got it.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Anne,

Is it "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers? My AM brain says I got it.

You got it! A real classic

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Anne,

Is it "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers? My AM brain says I got it.

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Anne,

Is it "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers? My AM brain says I got it.

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You got it! A real classic

Yep, y'all !!!

I couldn't get the 'Johnny Rivers' part, but when Tom walked in the door, I sang it to him with my Tone Deaf voice, and he says: "Leave THAT to Johnny Rivers~!" LoLoL !!

Is the O/P ever coming back, y'all ?!?!?

~ Anne ~

ps: Davy, I hear you. My dad & bro tried to start a company (no clue doing what) when I was little.....all they DID was chest bump and not in a good way, haha!

pps: I'll still stand by FAB, however. The small(ish) fleet is kinda nice. DML is similar.

Dm:

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.
Robert K.'s Comment
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I've never worked for a company that treated me like family. They've said it and the owner knew my name, but they I wasn't family. I was working 50-60 hours a week over nights to make 35k. The others cousin and brother in law were making 6 figures working from 6 AM to 2 PM. I must've been a distant relative. Sure they helped me out a jam here and there, but not like they did actual family.

At FedEx, I'm just a number. My medical is better, my retirement plan is better and my income more than doubled.

I'll be a number all day long.

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Well, Banks . . . You've never worked for Olive Garden, then !!! (I have!)

To the O/P .... when you apprise us of your intentions, I've got a few Ohio companies you could look into, for obtaining your CDL and training with, should you have 'no liking' to applying for company paid training, on here.

Stop back!

~ Anne ~

ps: Stevo Reno went from being ASE CDM to a CDLA driver.. maybe I can get HIM to chime in ?? SO not sure of your intentions, is all! Your cart and horse are confusing, and I DO live in Amish Country, hahaha!

would be nice to what reno says...

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.

Dm:

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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would be nice to what reno says...

He should be by shortly.

You still haven't really explained YOUR plans, though, !!

~ Anne ~

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am much more than a number and have even joked about that to my FM saying he didn't know me (he rolled his eyes) ...my FMs substitute stood up and said "Hi Kearsey... U aren't a number to me" lol

It takes time and work to establish yourself. In all honesty I feel like royalty walking into the terminal. Even when I need help and struggle, other "top tier" and elite drivers are willing to help. After awhile it doesn't matter what department you go to, you get known. People have said it is because of my Youtube. Channel but truth is... I was treated like that before youtube.

I did a bang up job as an OTR driver than went onto team training. After 4.5years of that I went to CDL instructor class. It was a different kind of challenge and still there were people to help.

Jump.ship every few months and you will be a number. Excel and you won't be.

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.

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.

Fm:

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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I'm lost on the original posting too lol....Why commit to schooling as a diesel tech, then change gears to trucking? All I know, is you will probably make a LOT more money per week, driving than wrenching by my nearly 45 years bending wrenches. From Diesels to automotive, and anything else with an engine lol....Unless you opened your OWN diesel repair shop later on, THEN you could make them Big Dolla's lol

Worked at Ford Dealer, and a Chrysler/Dodge dealer, same thing, they made all the $$$.....So in essence my thoughts are trucking, IF you can do it well, and learn and stick to it, you for sure, will make a LOT more $$ driving a truck per week !! buying TOOLS ain't cheap either ! especially for BIG trucks !

I made gross $36k my first FULL year, "learning" at a lower starting CPM than year 2, and now. 60 CPM + chance to make an additional .04 cents a mile for fuel mileage/safety/productivity..... Anyways Robert, the short of it is, 2.5 years later I am making more than I ever did or would as a mechanic no matter how good I am at it... In California too BTW... So, at this new company, I am taking home anywhere from $1,200-$1,500 or as less as $900 on a short load week.... Never took home $800 a week busting nuts n bending wrenches any place LOL.....I just got my 30 day seated/signing bonus's $1000 & $500 tax free so was a nice payday....

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Robert K.'s Comment
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I'm lost on the original posting too lol....Why commit to schooling as a diesel tech, then change gears to trucking? All I know, is you will probably make a LOT more money per week, driving than wrenching by my nearly 45 years bending wrenches. From Diesels to automotive, and anything else with an engine lol....Unless you opened your OWN diesel repair shop later on, THEN you could make them Big Dolla's lol

Worked at Ford Dealer, and a Chrysler/Dodge dealer, same thing, they made all the $$$.....So in essence my thoughts are trucking, IF you can do it well, and learn and stick to it, you for sure, will make a LOT more $$ driving a truck per week !! buying TOOLS ain't cheap either ! especially for BIG trucks !

I made gross $36k my first FULL year, "learning" at a lower starting CPM than year 2, and now. 60 CPM + chance to make an additional .04 cents a mile for fuel mileage/safety/productivity..... Anyways Robert, the short of it is, 2.5 years later I am making more than I ever did or would as a mechanic no matter how good I am at it... In California too BTW... So, at this new company, I am taking home anywhere from $1,200-$1,500 or as less as $900 on a short load week.... Never took home $800 a week busting nuts n bending wrenches any place LOL.....I just got my 30 day seated/signing bonus's $1000 & $500 tax free so was a nice payday....

valid point. I promised my parents to get associate degree and they are happy about it since they been riding my case year after year to get at least a certificate in something that is useful.

what do you think about getting ase certified on airbrakes? at least I don't have to wait for mechanic to show up which might take 1-3 hours depending on where you at.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Not sure what kind of frieght you want to haul but I think Swift, Western Express are great for multiple freight types, Swift especially because they have like reefer , van, and flatbed and I am not sure if they have tanker. Melton Truck Lines as far as orientation and training goes is my personal preference. They have now increased the amount of time you spend here before going out with a trainer from 3 to 5 days to two weeks and everyday you are working in securing loads, safety, some paperwork and listening and asking questions. This company does a lot for their drivers too. Not going to say that the others are not good just I personally think Melton to be a better choice. They also do a crude ton of different loads to secure and their backing set up is neat for when your practicing in their yard. Their coupling practice is good. They are patient and will go over things quite a lot.

I know Western and Melton have increased driver pay. I got a text about that from Western. With my 10 months of experience I should be making around .53cpm and I have my TWIC card, so thats extra pay. The tarp pay is now $100 per tarping.

Now this is from my personal research and from what the representatives were telling us. They also love to here back from their drivers about their stay at Melton. Now I think Swift does something similar. I have been gone from both Swift and Western for a good minute so some things may have changed.

May God bless your journey!

I just left my old job and now currently at UNOH to get diesel mechanic degree. What are good long haul trucking companies that I can apply to? I want to become a trucker like my grandpa been doing for years but company that he worked for is no longer in business. 1. Prime Inc. nice size company but slow trucks 2. Nussbaum. very good family faith business (my friend now working for this one) 3. Stevens Transport 4. Marten 5. H.O Wolding 6. Veriha (hate yellow paint color) 7. Millis

Is there any other companies that I need put on the list? also, anything you want to say about these companies and how they train. Big part is pay.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

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