Hey Marc, I just wanted to give you some insight on Wilson. I've looked them over and if I lived down the south or central part of the county Wilson would definitely be @ the top of the list of companies I would check out. I have heard a lot of good things about them and the sharp looking black trucks with red lettering is a plus as well. Good luck and I definitely will keep an eye out on your posts.
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I am starting my career in late February/early April. I have worked in the mortgage industry for 20 years so glad to see I am not the only Gen X'er reinventing himself after 2 decades in another career field. I'll be keeping a personal diary for trucking and will cut and paste it here as a training diary on TT. It is very interesting to see people's journey's getting into this demanding field.
One suggestion to make if I may sir? Look at company sponsored training . I've talked to to 2 carriers that I will be applying with and the one consistent talking point (and it is the theme on this forum as well) is to go with company sponsored training. Many company trainers often say "I wish you would have to come to us for your training as now we need to UN-train you from what you learned at the private school". While company paid training does bring with it a time/mileage commitment to pay back tuition, it does end up being free to uyou and you get paid in training too if you fulfill the commitment. Just food for thought.
Good luck in your studies whichever path you may choose!!!
-Zen Joker (Andy)
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
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.
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.