Less Than 21 Years And Graduated: Where Can I Get An Entry Level CDL Class A Job?

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Seth R.'s Comment
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I just graduated from Trucking School, and am still under 21. Do you know of any companies in North Carolina that hire CDL drivers under 21? Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

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.
Pacific Pearl's Comment
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The 21 and over rule only applies to intrastate driving - as long as you stay in North Carolina it won't be an issue. Who will hire you:

Hostler positions - moving trailers around in the yard.

P&D (Pickup and Delivery) - Drivers who pick up and deliver LTL loads. You drive around a metro area picking up the freight that needs shipped and delivering the freight that comes in from other terminals. Most LTL companies are looking for P&D drivers.

Intermodal - Driving air/sea containers from a port or railyard to receivers within 150 air miles of the port or railyard.

Give me your closest city and I'll give you some actual job posting you can apply to.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Seth R.'s Comment
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I live in Lexington, and the closest big city is Winston-Salem, with Greensboro right beside it.

BK's Comment
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Hi Seth, when will you turn 21? Being 21 will open up a lot of opportunities for you. And congratulations on getting started at a young age.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Truck Driver CDL A - Local | Manson, NC

Unfortunately, a lot of the ads don't mention a minimum age. I went through several ads only to find that while the ad didn't mention an age requirement, the company website did. For best results for I'd start with agencies - placement services for drivers.

Centerline Drivers

TransForce

They'll have dozens of local driving jobs and can match you to an employer that works for you.

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hi Seth, when will you turn 21? Being 21 will open up a lot of opportunities for you. And congratulations on getting started at a young age.

Pacific Pearl in the PNW is kickin' my butt w/ Jobs lately .. so I'm learning, too!

O/P ~ Seth.. could you ADD your STATE to your profile? Some of us have 'gems' in certain 'areas.'

Furthermore, hay !! I've read that your company would hire him, BK !! Since he's a grad, right?

That'd be awesome, IMHO! Guidance! Pay it forward, seriously.

Seth; have you tried this? Apply For Truck Driving Jobs! Can't hurt!

~ Anne ~

ps: BK Don't send him out w/ a trainer w/ a bad fuel pump (NOX) issue!! Sorry, had to! :(

pps: HAYA, BK ! ... Did you ever get to treat your grandson to the truck? Did I miss the thread? Storms all day. Lost the loop.

BK's Comment
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Hi Anne. That ride-a-long had to be postponed. It’s going to start on the 13th. I’ll post some photos if I can relearn the process. I know my grandson, Devin, can help me.

The company I drive for requires a minimum of 6 months recent experience. And they have been great to work for except they’ve kept me driving around Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas during the heat wave. Finally got a load to Wisconsin and it’s much cooler up here. Frozen tundra country.

Seth R.'s Comment
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Hi Seth, when will you turn 21? Being 21 will open up a lot of opportunities for you. And congratulations on getting started at a young age.

I turn 21 next year.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hi Anne. That ride-a-long had to be postponed. It’s going to start on the 13th. I’ll post some photos if I can relearn the process. I know my grandson, Devin, can help me.

The company I drive for requires a minimum of 6 months recent experience. And they have been great to work for except they’ve kept me driving around Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas during the heat wave. Finally got a load to Wisconsin and it’s much cooler up here. Frozen tundra country.

Happy to hear they're gonna work it in for you, with the NOX problem and all !!

Pacific Pearl; you've been a wealth of wisdom (and then some!) lately; and I personally thank you. Tom's got some 'unsureties' at FAB for awhile, and I'm beating feet for him, too. Thank you tons.

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Hi Seth, when will you turn 21? Being 21 will open up a lot of opportunities for you. And congratulations on getting started at a young age.

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I turn 21 next year.

Happy early B'day, Seth! My youngest son is 18, and daughter of 22 is considering getting her CDL via the CNC company she's currently working for; on their dime. That's ALWAYS another option, if you are in ANY industry that HAS any type of delivery/pick up persons, intrastate would be awesome, and chances are, they'd pay for you; as well.

Military (even ROTC or Reserves) has GENEROUS programs, helping our soldiers pay for obtaining their CDL; something else you could look into. Daughter is in ROTC, also. . . . very beneficial !!! Just an idea to further you.

Again, Seth.. I know you mentioned it 'above' in a post, your location. See, however; if another experienced member stops in this thread on their 30, they may or may not have time to READ it fully, but only glance at the title. If your location (at LEAST STATE) was in your profile, it will show up in your posts, and you might get even a few more suggestions.

The ones from Pacific Pearl, however, are full solid. There's also Pepsi and such; (Banks did that for a year before going back to LTL iirc. ) It'd help us help you;

Best on your journey!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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