A Dream! The Ideal Trucking Company!

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George B.'s Comment
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Everyone pitch in with their ideas and opinions. This is just for fun.

company sponsored training:

  • all trainers have at least 2 years experiencer
  • trains one to get his/her cdl
  • two years to become first seat driver/trainer/mentor
  • everyone else pitch in w salary guidelines
    • --450 per week first part of school
    • --600 while otr training
    • --800 once cdl in hand, team for 90 days then solo w ...cpm to start
  • -company has flatbed. reefer , and dry
  • -no lease etc
  • -on going evaluations, mentoring and training
  • **This just a start. Please add etc. Think about what would be your ideal company. Hope for some good feedback.

    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.

    CPM:

    Cents Per Mile

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

    Company Sponsored Training:

    A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

    The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

    If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

    Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

    Reefer:

    A refrigerated trailer.

    PackRat's Comment
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    All of that sounds doable, but knowing what I do as a driver, I need to know the company. Lots of information can be typed onto a website by a recruiter, and some companies make big claims.

    OWI:

    Operating While Intoxicated

    Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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    Pipe Dream, re: a trainer/mentor/1st seat having 2 years experience~!!

    Other than that; I'll let the professionals chime in; I'm just a trucker's wife. It's in my profile. Drove 2 'tours' on a CDLP (many moons ago) but that still gave me a year, behind a wheel. I'm nowhere near wanting to just 'go drive.' Nor, EVER train! Kudos to those that do, and have.

    You a trainer at your 70 t/t outfit? Just wondering. The rest sounds decent, tbh.

    Life is turning to ICE outside, and I didn't get the truck washed soon enough, GRRR... oh well.

    G'nite folks. Gotta get up early w/fam stuff, and just not 'feeling it' tonight...Yay me!

    More tmrw.

    Victor Jamie .. I SURE HOPE YOU STOP IN AS PROMISED~!

    Just, Momma ...

    ~ Anne ~

    ps: If you 'double space' between thoughts/paragraphs, it will line item stuff.

    Everyone pitch in with their ideas and opinions. This is just for fun.

    -company sponsored training -all trainers have at least 2 years experiencer -trains one to get his/her cdl -two years to become first seat driver/trainer/mentor -everyone else pitch in w salary guidelines ---450 per week first part of school --600 while otr training --800 once cdl in hand, team for 90 days then solo w ...cpm to start -company has flatbed. reefer , and dry -no lease etc -on going evaluations, mentoring and training

    **This just a start. Please add etc. Think about what would be your ideal company. Hope for some good feedback.

    8

    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.

    CPM:

    Cents Per Mile

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

    Company Sponsored Training:

    A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

    The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

    If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

    Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

    Reefer:

    A refrigerated trailer.

    HOS:

    Hours Of Service

    HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
    Just 'G''s Comment
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    I'm pretty sure my dream company is one where I'm the worst employee.

    "90 days team before going solo"

    That sounds hellish to me. I just finished 3 weeks with a trainer and am getting upgraded to solo next week. I don't know if I'm ready to run a truck on my own (I'll find out in a week), but I'm definitely ready for some "me" time.

    Isn't the general line here "If you're a top notch driver, then any company is your dream company." So, my question isn't "What's a dream company?" it's "How can I be a dream driver?"

    Davy A.'s Comment
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    Idk, I had 480/WK in school, 850/WK in training. Only had 2 weeks with the trainer but he had 30 years experience. I personally wouldn't want the training period that much longer but at the time I sure did lol.....but I would like performance driving courses as refresher, like winter driving skills event on closed course with an actual driving instructor where we could actually pitch it sideways and learn tactics for it. Maybe like twice a year if the company offered it.

    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.

    G-Town's Comment
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    There is a basic flaw to this Utopian company (sorry, rains on parade). Most good drivers want nothing to-do with training an entry level driver and the inherent risks involved with it. Just look within our forum... how many of us train vs. how many are qualified? Until that changes and the megas of the industry adjust the paradigm, we will continue facing basic issues with consistent lack of quality trainers; thus producing lower quality rookie drivers.

    I maintain a simple premise with trucking... it’s up to the individual to make their employer the best place for them to work. Top performers, 90th percentile skim the cream. I know it’s sounds cliche’, but it’s totally true.

    Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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    As usual, GTown lays it out plain and simple. Let’s also take into account that the vast majority of trucking companies don’t train. The number who do are incredibly small but are the most recognizable because of the massive numbers of equipment, not to mention advertising on billboards, social media and of course the rolling billboards, their trailers. Can a focused driver become extremely successful at those companies? Of course, there’s several outstanding examples of that right here in this forum but that doesn’t work the same for every driver because every driver is different. The company I work for is pretty particular about who they hire and the average age of drivers here is 50 years old. Turnover rate is extremely low and of the 150 drivers on board, probably 30% maybe more have been here 10+ years with a dozen that I know of who have 20 years or more. Does that make this the perfect company? Not for every single person but for a large number who work here, they’re very very happy and comfortable. I know I’m one of those.

    HOS:

    Hours Of Service

    HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
    Victor C. II's Comment
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    Im here! I think that is a great place to start but that's a TON of training without getting good pay and I am just thinking about those of us who have wives and children and mouths to feed and take care of, 450 is not going to cut it and how long till we achieve that CDLP and CDL is going to vary.

    I am great with the 2 years experience and the rest though!

    Hi yall!smile.gif

    Pipe Dream, re: a trainer/mentor/1st seat having 2 years experience~!!

    Other than that; I'll let the professionals chime in; I'm just a trucker's wife. It's in my profile. Drove 2 'tours' on a CDLP (many moons ago) but that still gave me a year, behind a wheel. I'm nowhere near wanting to just 'go drive.' Nor, EVER train! Kudos to those that do, and have.

    You a trainer at your 70 t/t outfit? Just wondering. The rest sounds decent, tbh.

    Life is turning to ICE outside, and I didn't get the truck washed soon enough, GRRR... oh well.

    G'nite folks. Gotta get up early w/fam stuff, and just not 'feeling it' tonight...Yay me!

    More tmrw.

    Victor Jamie .. I SURE HOPE YOU STOP IN AS PROMISED~!

    Just, Momma ...

    ~ Anne ~

    ps: If you 'double space' between thoughts/paragraphs, it will line item stuff.

    double-quotes-start.png

    Everyone pitch in with their ideas and opinions. This is just for fun.

    -company sponsored training -all trainers have at least 2 years experiencer -trains one to get his/her cdl -two years to become first seat driver/trainer/mentor -everyone else pitch in w salary guidelines ---450 per week first part of school --600 while otr training --800 once cdl in hand, team for 90 days then solo w ...cpm to start -company has flatbed. reefer , and dry -no lease etc -on going evaluations, mentoring and training

    **This just a start. Please add etc. Think about what would be your ideal company. Hope for some good feedback.

    8

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    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.

    CPM:

    Cents Per Mile

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

    Company Sponsored Training:

    A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

    The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

    If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

    Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

    Reefer:

    A refrigerated trailer.

    HOS:

    Hours Of Service

    HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
    George B.'s Comment
    member avatar

    I am laughing at myself for the lousy intro to my post. Thinking back to my high school days my teachers were on me constantly for not proofreading and clarifying my subject matter. G-Town as result of the utopian comment I am envisioning every truck the exact model, color, every detail identical. As well as the drivers. You cant one from the other. Orwellian, I guess. rofl-3.gif

    George B.'s Comment
    member avatar

    I dropped the ball w my intro, Those were examples of pay etc in my head. I am recuperating from either the flu or well I have been sick. Did not test for covid. So I am saying crappy topic I could have been clearer w my thoughts, etc Continue to comment if you like. I cant get utopian society images out of my head now. Thanks G-town.thank-you.gif thank-you.gif

    HOS:

    Hours Of Service

    HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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