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Francis F.'s Comment
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Hey folks,

I am starting my orientation and training with Schneider Intermodel Monday. It will be in Chicago, so I'm really excited to see that city for the first time. I graduated from American Truck Training on the 7th of May when I passed my CDL exam. The school is not bad. They have great instructors but are lacking in the area of equipment. Still, the training was apparently effective given I passed my exam on the first take.

I almost went with a company school but the thought of living in a house with 9 other people wasn't appealing. Plus, I wanted some flexibility in deciding with whom I would be driving. It gave me the opportunity to really consider every aspect of the position and the company.

Yes, I now have to pay back that school loan, but I think it was worth it in the long run. I still understand the benefits of a company owned training opportunity and would recommend anyone considering a career in trucking weigh all your options before deciding.

This site definitely helped me make some of my decisions, and I thank all who were kind enough to post your experiences and knowledge of the industry.

I truly hope to do my part here for the next crop of truckers and wish everyone safe travels.

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. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey folks,

I am starting my orientation and training with Schneider Intermodel Monday. It will be in Chicago, so I'm really excited to see that city for the first time. I graduated from American Truck Training on the 7th of May when I passed my CDL exam. The school is not bad. They have great instructors but are lacking in the area of equipment. Still, the training was apparently effective given I passed my exam on the first take.

I almost went with a company school but the thought of living in a house with 9 other people wasn't appealing. Plus, I wanted some flexibility in deciding with whom I would be driving. It gave me the opportunity to really consider every aspect of the position and the company.

Yes, I now have to pay back that school loan, but I think it was worth it in the long run. I still understand the benefits of a company owned training opportunity and would recommend anyone considering a career in trucking weigh all your options before deciding.

This site definitely helped me make some of my decisions, and I thank all who were kind enough to post your experiences and knowledge of the industry.

I truly hope to do my part here for the next crop of truckers and wish everyone safe travels.

Howdy, Francis !!!

Welcome to Trucking Truth, good sir.

I'm hoping you meant you passed on the 7th of MARCH, but if you have a time machine...I'd be more'n happy to borrow it, haha!!

There are a TON of great SNI diaries on here; many of our veteran drivers got their starts there. Please stick around, ask away, and post a diary, as you mentioned!

Again, welcome to Trucking Truth. :)

~ 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.
Keith M.'s Comment
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HI Francis,

I start also Monday with Schneider. I graduated on March 11, took the SOS on March 9th. Hazmat , Tanker and Doubles/Triples endorsements plus TWIC Card. I am from Aurora IL. About 1 Hour from the terminal in Gary Indiana. Driving myself but staying at the hotel as well. I am on a dedicated account with Walmart day time deliveries. 2 Days off a week(if I want). Its a $5000 sign on bonus paid monthly. Plus tuition reimbursement at $200 a month(so so). I am sure yours is similar.

See ya then Keith

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.

Francis F.'s Comment
member avatar

Hey folks,

I am starting my orientation and training with Schneider Intermodel Monday. It will be in Chicago, so I'm really excited to see that city for the first time. I graduated from American Truck Training on the 7th of May when I passed my CDL exam. The school is not bad. They have great instructors but are lacking in the area of equipment. Still, the training was apparently effective given I passed my exam on the first take.

I almost went with a company school but the thought of living in a house with 9 other people wasn't appealing. Plus, I wanted some flexibility in deciding with whom I would be driving. It gave me the opportunity to really consider every aspect of the position and the company.

Yes, I now have to pay back that school loan, but I think it was worth it in the long run. I still understand the benefits of a company owned training opportunity and would recommend anyone considering a career in trucking weigh all your options before deciding.

This site definitely helped me make some of my decisions, and I thank all who were kind enough to post your experiences and knowledge of the industry.

I truly hope to do my part here for the next crop of truckers and wish everyone safe travels.

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Hey folks,

I am starting my orientation and training with Schneider Intermodel Monday. It will be in Chicago, so I'm really excited to see that city for the first time. I graduated from American Truck Training on the 7th of May when I passed my CDL exam. The school is not bad. They have great instructors but are lacking in the area of equipment. Still, the training was apparently effective given I passed my exam on the first take.

I almost went with a company school but the thought of living in a house with 9 other people wasn't appealing. Plus, I wanted some flexibility in deciding with whom I would be driving. It gave me the opportunity to really consider every aspect of the position and the company.

Yes, I now have to pay back that school loan, but I think it was worth it in the long run. I still understand the benefits of a company owned training opportunity and would recommend anyone considering a career in trucking weigh all your options before deciding.

This site definitely helped me make some of my decisions, and I thank all who were kind enough to post your experiences and knowledge of the industry.

I truly hope to do my part here for the next crop of truckers and wish everyone safe travels.

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Howdy, Francis !!!

Welcome to Trucking Truth, good sir.

I'm hoping you meant you passed on the 7th of MARCH, but if you have a time machine...I'd be more'n happy to borrow it, haha!!

There are a TON of great SNI diaries on here; many of our veteran drivers got their starts there. Please stick around, ask away, and post a diary, as you mentioned!

Again, welcome to Trucking Truth. :)

~ Anne ~

LOL, yes March 7th. So the SNI gig is pretty sweet. 3 weeks out 1 week home. They give 2 days of travel. So I plan to maximize that time off. I also plan to put in an extra week here or there to help pay off my debts. Plan to be debt free in a year if all goes according to plan. Then it's save for retirement and find ways to make my money work for me.

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.
Francis F.'s Comment
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You're training in Gary? Wow pretty close to where I'll be in Chicago. That's where the Intermodal yard is. Hope you like that gig, sounds good.

HI Francis,

I start also Monday with Schneider. I graduated on March 11, took the SOS on March 9th. Hazmat , Tanker and Doubles/Triples endorsements plus TWIC Card. I am from Aurora IL. About 1 Hour from the terminal in Gary Indiana. Driving myself but staying at the hotel as well. I am on a dedicated account with Walmart day time deliveries. 2 Days off a week(if I want). Its a $5000 sign on bonus paid monthly. Plus tuition reimbursement at $200 a month(so so). I am sure yours is similar.

See ya then Keith

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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.

Keith M.'s Comment
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Ok I thought we both will be training in Gary, anyhow good luck

You're training in Gary? Wow pretty close to where I'll be in Chicago. That's where the Intermodal yard is. Hope you like that gig, sounds good.

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HI Francis,

I start also Monday with Schneider. I graduated on March 11, took the SOS on March 9th. Hazmat , Tanker and Doubles/Triples endorsements plus TWIC Card. I am from Aurora IL. About 1 Hour from the terminal in Gary Indiana. Driving myself but staying at the hotel as well. I am on a dedicated account with Walmart day time deliveries. 2 Days off a week(if I want). Its a $5000 sign on bonus paid monthly. Plus tuition reimbursement at $200 a month(so so). I am sure yours is similar.

See ya then Keith

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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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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.

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