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Old School's Comment
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Patty, my recommendation would be to start out applying to companies now even though he doesn't have his CDL yet. Take a look at this information on Understanding Pre-Hires . If he can go ahead and get a few pre-hires in his hands (and by a few I mean at least three) then I would say it is safe to go to a private school and then try to get on with the folks who gave him a pre-hire letter. I would also try applying to Company-Sponsored Training programs, just because it would cost less, but while you may not get anywhere with them it's worth putting in the effort to try as many of them as you can - you might get lucky.

I don't recommend going to private school and then trying to get a job without already having some pre-hires. Work at it in the order above and you will find success. He may have to settle for less than what he originally wanted, but it won't take but about a year before he could probably go where ever he wants. I would definitely include Western Express in the mix of companies that you are trying to get a pre-hire from - they are much more lenient than others when it comes to issues such as yours.

See Also: Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With A Felony

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

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.

Justintrucks's Comment
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Do you know which company sponsored training programs would be the most likely to consider him?

That's two votes for Western, so if he goes to a private school he will definitely talk to them. Thanks for the info!

We got excited when we read that FFE does the background check before you get there. Then we read you need to be from Texas. Bummer! Some of the others may do it first too, but so far that's the only one that I've been able to find that does it for sure. If anyone knows of other companies please let us know!

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.

Ken C.'s Comment
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Tell your Friend to be 100% open, honest and upfront with the Recruiters so they can do their job and make sure the Safety Director at the Company knows about the arrest and will sign off on it before they go to the school. Good Luck

Ken

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Would the recruiter refer him to the safety director before he goes to school? That would be great!

Yes they will make the decision before he gets to the school....He'll have to send/fax the paperwork showing the outcome and that it was or is being expunged....My Recruiter at Prime is good with this kind of stuff but Honestly the age of the charge has more to do with their willingness to forgive and accept someone for training but I know Prime will take some Non Violent/ Non Drug Felonies as long as their has been 5 to 10 yrs or more since it happened.

Remember it's more important to be 100% upfront and honest because they will find out and then you are finished if they feel you were trying to hide something...Ask for Tammy Silk at Prime Recruiting and see what she can do..

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Justintrucks's Comment
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Does it make a difference that it was an arrest but not a conviction?

Justintrucks's Comment
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I'm starting to get the impression that this isn't going to happen for him. It's really strange because he first started thinking about truck driving as a career when he got clean and started googling opportunities for people with a felony. Truck driver was on the list and he got really excited about it. He'll be disappointed, but he's young and he has time to figure it all out.

Thanks for the info. It wasn't what we were hoping for, but I am certain it saved us a lot of time and heartache.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Justintrucks's Comment
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He decided to research a little more before throwing in the towel. I wanted to update this for future "wannabes" who are searching for answers to my original question.

So far he has discovered that Millis and Roehl both do their employment and background checks before you head to the school. That doesn't mean they won't decline you, but at least you'll know before you rearrange your life to go to the school.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Quentin M.'s Comment
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I am new to TT. I am and have been interested in becoming a Driver since I was 13. Im 30 years of age now. I was recently released from NC State prison in 2015. I served 8 years for a 2nd Degree Murder conviction in which I was NOT the shooter. I was simply in the vehicle with another guy who took full responsibility for the crime and was charged with 1st Degree Murder yet a was still charged and sentenced. Of course I fought but to no avail. Its been nearly impossible to find work here in NC and about the same with these trucking companies. Ive explained my situation hundreds of times but nobody will hire me. Guess they feel im too much of a risk. Not looking for pity, just help. Is there anyone out there whose been through the same or similar that can point me in the right direction. Would really appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I am new to TT. I am and have been interested in becoming a Driver since I was 13. Im 30 years of age now. I was recently released from NC State prison in 2015. I served 8 years for a 2nd Degree Murder conviction in which I was NOT the shooter. I was simply in the vehicle with another guy who took full responsibility for the crime and was charged with 1st Degree Murder yet a was still charged and sentenced. Of course I fought but to no avail. Its been nearly impossible to find work here in NC and about the same with these trucking companies. Ive explained my situation hundreds of times but nobody will hire me. Guess they feel im too much of a risk. Not looking for pity, just help. Is there anyone out there whose been through the same or similar that can point me in the right direction. Would really appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.

There are second chance companies. However, you may be permanently barred from getting a Hazmat endorsement. Here is the info. TSA Disqualifying Offenses.

Are you on probation? What part of NC are you living in? There are second chance companies out here who may give you a second chance. CFI and Western Express might. They will train you if they take you. Carolina Cargo, based in Rock Hill is a good second chance company, but you need to get your CDL first. Look for your WOTC person at your local unemployment office. You have a long road ahead of you. Good luck.

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.

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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