I Graduated And Got My CDL Today.

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T.W.'s Comment
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After 3 grueling weeks of blowing dust, pollution, asthma medications, studying and practicing driving an 18 wheeler in the phoenix desert I finally got my CDL.

I'm glad its over. Now I have to a find a OTR trucking position.

I interviewed with Melton Truck Lines and Transport America since they seem to have solid reputations. My secondary companies would be Schneider and Heartland Express.

I am want to get out of Phoenix since it is so hot and dry here.

Any recommended companies for a recent CDL graduate with no experience would be great.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Jopa's Comment
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Any recommended companies for a recent CDL graduate with no experience would be great.

Old school, you there??

T.W.

I just accepted a position at Prime (the company school) while declining both Central Refrigerated and Stevens Transport so I know there are lots of good positions available, just get on the horn and make some calls to recruiters. There is a facility to apply to several companies here on this website but it is based on your zipcode so it might not serve your purposes if you plan to leave Phoenix. However, since most of these companies are national in nature, if you can provide an address in another state, it might just work out. Once you start looking it goes a lot faster than you might imagine. Just start calling and looking's all I can recommend. There's a good job just waiting for you, I know it.

Jopa

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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.
Starcar's Comment
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TW, you only need to apply to all of them, then pick who you want to work for !!!! Its nearly impossible for us to choose a company for you, unless theres someone here who is, or has worked for that company. I know WEL takes fresh cdl holders, but so does a slew of companies...So heres a few links to look thru Trucking Companies

Truck Driving Jobs You will need to decide if you are going to live in your truck for awhile, or find a home base right away. But I think it would be fun to just live in the truck, as you drive the states, and get a feel for each of them, as a possible home base..... Good Luck....and Congratulations on your successful CDL !!!! And of course, ya need to keep in touch, so we know how your doin'....and you WILL have some questions that we will be more thanglad to help you with......

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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Old school, you there??

Jopa, I guess I've got you feeling gun-shy now. Today was a really busy day for me, so I wasn't able to jump in here very much. Don't you worry about me cutting you off or anything. We are glad to have you in here commenting on peoples questions or congratulating them on their successes. The more people are participating in this forum the better the overall content is, and besides when we've got such a good group of people participating in here it makes it much easier for inquirers to get good solid responses to their questions in a timely manner.

T.W. Congratulations, you will get it all figured out - if you are considering flat-bed Melton is a great company to get on with.

Jopa's Comment
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Jopa, I guess I've got you feeling gun-shy now.

Old School, me gun-shy of a Texan? Now why would anyone be that? They don't even HAVE guns in Texas, do they?? I used to tease my Texan brother-in-law all the time . . . "Know what's wrong with Texas? It's full of Texans!" He was a good guy (like most Texans are).

Jopa

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RL P.'s Comment
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Congradulations T.W.

Lets us know how things works out for you.

Mistelle's Comment
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Congrats! I'm glad you made it as far as you have. The cdl and the training period were the toughest times for me. If you have any questions about CRST, let me know. I've found I kind of like them, even though the pay isn't that good. They leave me alone and I leave them alone. It's a really nice set up.

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.
T.W.'s Comment
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Thanks fellas! I will make the best of my CDL.

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.
Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Congrats to you T.W.

There are a lot of companies out there. Just look and find the one that is the best fit for you.

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