Boyfriend And I Looking To Become Team Drivers (need Advice)

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Carla C.'s Comment
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Me and my boyfriend are looking to get into trucking.. But, we are stuck at which route to take. We have been looking into a course at our local community college where we can use our financial aide as well as company sponsored training. We can see the benefits of both, such as with the community college option we can work where ever we choose when done but are not guaranteed to be able to find employment. In this course we do a 5 week class and obtain our license, then for the next 10 weeks we are employed and generating income with a motor carrier (separate of course.) As with the company sponsored training we receive training and a job, but are tied down but able to get experience. We really want to be able to drive together ASAP. We also realize with company training we will be separated as well for training but, afterwards will we be able to drive together? Also how long will we be separated? We have also played with the idea of doing the community college program first, then trying to find employment and save money. Then if we can't get a job on our own we can do company sponsored and have saved enough money to pay the bills while we are gone.. I also believe we make more money already having gotten our license? I'm not sure, plus this way if we can't find a job, more experience can't hurt us right? Any and all advice/ ideas are appreciated. Thanks!!!

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.

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.

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.

Scott D's Comment
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I have similar/same questions. We are in our 40's, college degrees, plenty of life experience but none driving semis. So, how do we go about becoming team drivers together, at the same time?

MRC's Comment
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Hey and welcome, You might want to check in with Knight Transportation, I believe they have a program that you both can get schooled at the same time.smile.gif

Scott D's Comment
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Will do. Thanks

Matt S.'s Comment
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I have similar/same questions. We are in our 40's, college degrees, plenty of life experience but none driving semis. So, how do we go about becoming team drivers together, at the same time?

Hopefully it goes very well for you guys!

RedGator's Comment
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Either way works for yall. You can both get hired into a company as a team, train seperately and then team when you go solo. The only issue I can see is if one person fails and the other passes and gets hired into a company. Company sponsored school is extremely fast passed. Where as private school is more relaxed and catered to what you actually need. But being hired onto a company as a team is a non issue. They love teams.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow....it seems we missed Carla's initial question entirely a couple of months ago. I feel bad about that.

Scott, the first thing to do if you haven't already is go through our Truck Driver's Career Guide from beginning to end and follow all of the links. That will cover about every topic imaginable that pertains to getting your trucking career underway. I consider it essential reading for anyone getting started in trucking.

Teams are always in the highest demand. As long as your driving, criminal, and employment records are decent you'll have no problems finding work that's for sure.

Scott D's Comment
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Thanks Brett. We have been going through the site often, even doing the testing. Seriously considering the community college route, but will contact Knight after reading MRC's post. Anybody else that has good info to offer, we're all ears.

Scott D's Comment
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Thanks to Red and Matt as well!

Rhonda's Comment
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Me and hubby left long careers in Respiratory Therapy to become team drivers, we needed a change!

We went to a community college program that was 8 weeks long. We got lots of practice driving and backing. I'm so glad we didn't go to one of those 3 week courses because learning to drive these big rigs is not easy!

We hired on together at Watkins & Shepard, we didn't want to be separated during training, so we chose their 10 day orientation program, passed, and got our own truck and began teaming. Their pay was quite low, so after 3 months we quit and hired on at Usxpress, driving team on a dedicated account, making 50cpm with guaranteed payment of 4700 miles per week. We LOVE it. Its a wonderful job.

If we can be of any help, please send a message to spooky.spider@hotmail.com.

Rhonda and Dan

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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