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hamrhed12's Comment
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There were a couple of guys who drive for Schneider who posted regularly on the old forum, and I haven't seen anything from them since we switched. MD64 and JakeCat, where are you???

Anyone else here drive for Schneider? They just called and want to do a telephone interview with me on Thursday. I want to know if anyone has been through that with a trucking company before?

hamrhed12's Comment
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Do you know what I find totally weird and awesome at the same time? I have a bachelor's degree in finance, an A.S. in paralegal studies specializing in probate law, 27 years experience in the banking industry, and nobody gives a @#$%.

Now, I get this CDL-A with a hazmat endorsement and my phone won't quit ringing!

I have to say, I'm astounded!!!

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

Scott L.'s Comment
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Do you know what I find totally weird and awesome at the same time? I have a bachelor's degree in finance, an A.S. in paralegal studies specializing in probate law, 27 years experience in the banking industry, and nobody gives a @#$%.

Now, I get this CDL-A with a hazmat endorsement and my phone won't quit ringing!

I have to say, I'm astounded!!!

Funny how that works. I suppose that BA in Finance won't do anything for you on the road. I'm going to school next month and hope to drive for SNI too, so will be anxious to hear how your process works..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

Starcar's Comment
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Hamrhed...do you want to know the Sad thing about your whole scenario ??? You have all that education that no one wants.....and now your going into an industry....that the Government has called "UNSKILLED LABOR"...wtf.gifwtf-2.gif

Jhill365's Comment
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Hamrhed12, I drove for them for almost two years. As far as the phone interview, it is basically the recruiter going over your application with you and then patching you through to Medical so they can ask you some general questions for insurance purposes. It is not a big deal at all.

hamrhed12's Comment
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Hamrhed...do you want to know the Sad thing about your whole scenario ??? You have all that education that no one wants.....and now your going into an industry....that the Government has called "UNSKILLED LABOR"...wtf.gifwtf-2.gif

And don't you know I was thinking about that the whole time I was sweating the skills test! Like, what kind of moron flunks a skills test for a job designated as unskilled labor?! I know it's probably happened to better people, but fortunately Providence spared me that humiliation!

And, thanks Jhill. Interestingly enough, I just had a call from another carrier wanting to do a future "formal" phone interview. Guess it isn't that unique after all.

hamrhed12's Comment
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I now have a conditional job offer from Schneider pending the outcome of a new DOT physical and drug screen.

With three serious job offers on my plate, I have a tough decision to make. The three put together encompass everything I want; individually, each has a con or two.

Quite a change in fortune from 8 short weeks ago, however!!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Love to hear it!!!

Seriously, don't sweat the decision too much. It's far from a career-making thing. All you really want to do that first year is get your career established on solid footing. Once you get a year of safe driving under your belt you'll be able to work pretty much anywhere in the nation. You could have 10 jobs in a day no problem. So pick the one that seems like they have the type of freight you'd like to haul, the home time you're looking for, and a pretty good pay package for that first year. Stay safe, get a year under your belt, and you're golden.

Someday you'll look back on this and realize the first company you choose to work for really means very little in the grand scheme of things. Getting a year of safe driving under your belt means everything. It doesn't matter where you do it.

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.

hamrhed12's Comment
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That's just the problem, Brett; I've already developed a "grand scheme", and it's clouding my judgement. If these three companies could be fused together into one, it would be my 'Stairway to Heaven', but nothing is that perfect or easy.

Being a long term planner is a curse!

William C.'s Comment
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I can totally relate! I have a degree and many many years in the tech field and zilch! Have now gotten a few offers after getting my CDL Class A in Feb. I have been pre-approved and ready to go to Schneider as soon as I am ready. Will be doing orientation in Atlanta. Its for a solo seat. Those companies doing 20/10 off are appealing, im looking into those before i finally pull the trigger...

Good luck!

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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