Schneider Dedicated Hazmat/Tanker Position

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Alexander H.'s Comment
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Does anyone on where ever been a Schneider dedicated hazmat/tanker driver? I'm trying to get what people think who have been on the position. I have a conditional officer for their hazmat/tanker dedicated account for ECOLAB.

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

PackRat's Comment
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How much experience do you have driving and with pulling tanks?

Pete B.'s Comment
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There’s a Facebook group that can answer that question… Schneider National Bulk Carrier. It’s a private group, but they let anybody in, you just gotta request it. Ask the question there, and you’ll get plenty of informed responses.

Alexander H.'s Comment
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I am just coming out of school.

How much experience do you have driving and with pulling tanks?

Pete B.'s Comment
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Alexander, consider pulling dry vans for at least a year before driving tankers. You already have an incredible amount to learn with driving a semi. Get a year’s experience under your belt, driving in all types of weather conditions and facing the multitude of scenarios that we do, before adding to all that the challenges of pulling a loaded tanker. You can pull dry vans for Schneider; they have excellent training, equipment, and facilities. I assure you the tanker jobs aren’t going anywhere; it would be very easy for you to switch divisions if you’d like after a year. Just give it some thought please.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Travis's Comment
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That's something I've been wondering. Given that hazmat endorsement is just a written test do companies give you any training time actually moving them with a trainer or just toss you in a truck and say go?

Alexander, consider pulling dry vans for at least a year before driving tankers. You already have an incredible amount to learn with driving a semi. Get a year’s experience under your belt, driving in all types of weather conditions and facing the multitude of scenarios that we do, before adding to all that the challenges of pulling a loaded tanker. You can pull dry vans for Schneider; they have excellent training, equipment, and facilities. I assure you the tanker jobs aren’t going anywhere; it would be very easy for you to switch divisions if you’d like after a year. Just give it some thought please.

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

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Pete B.'s Comment
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No, heavens no, you’re not just tossed the keys! You spend four or five days at the bulk academy driving with an instructor, for several hours each day. If you are a new driver, you then spend approx. two weeks driving with a TE (training engineer). That two week period is not hard and set; I was with my TE for nine days, only six of which I actually spent driving (our time together, which had been abbreviated by his schedule and time at home, also fell over a holiday weekend, where we sat without a load).

Travis's Comment
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😂 I was hoping that was the case. Tanker with milk is one thing, tank with Fluorine gas or who knows what else is something different. I didn't think they'd just toss someone out there with the massive potential liability but wasn't 100% sure

No, heavens no, you’re not just tossed the keys! You spend four or five days at the bulk academy driving with an instructor, for several hours each day. If you are a new driver, you then spend approx. two weeks driving with a TE (training engineer). That two week period is not hard and set; I was with my TE for nine days, only six of which I actually spent driving (our time together, which had been abbreviated by his schedule and time at home, also fell over a holiday weekend, where we sat without a load).

PackRat's Comment
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No reputable large carrier tosses any new driver into hauling freight without training, no matter what trailer and type of freight is on the bill of lading. It's bad for business on many levels.

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Alexander H.'s Comment
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I requested join the Facebook group that you referred me to. I'm just waiting for them to accept me.

Would you even advise a new driver to avoid going into liquid tanker hauling, even if they go through Schneider's 5-week training.

I just thought that I went into tanker/Hazmat as a new dtiver, it would be best to go to a company like Schneider, because they are self-insured, and I've heard people say that they have one of the best training programs out there.

I'm trying to get as much guidance as I can in the next couple weeks so I can make the best decision for me and my career.

Thank you.

Alexander, consider pulling dry vans for at least a year before driving tankers. You already have an incredible amount to learn with driving a semi. Get a year’s experience under your belt, driving in all types of weather conditions and facing the multitude of scenarios that we do, before adding to all that the challenges of pulling a loaded tanker. You can pull dry vans for Schneider; they have excellent training, equipment, and facilities. I assure you the tanker jobs aren’t going anywhere; it would be very easy for you to switch divisions if you’d like after a year. Just give it some thought please.

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

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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