Started Training With Schneider

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Jeff B.'s Comment
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I started training with Schneider National last week, so far so good. They seem to be a very professional group of people and very safety oriented. My second week of training was delayed due to a lack of trainers per number of students we had, so I am at home until Saturday when a trainer opens up. But they are paying for my time at home and that is okay with me. I am doing my training at their West Memphis Ar. location. The trainers there really work with the students to teach them safe driving and doing things the Schneider way. I think I am going to like this company a lot.

Don R.'s Comment
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Hi Jeff Thanks for your information. I have been considering looking at Schneider. Would appreciate any information you can offer. Ive read a lot on here about Prime and Swift etc. but not Schneider.

Don

Shilo M.'s Comment
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I started training with Schneider National last week, so far so good. They seem to be a very professional group of people and very safety oriented. My second week of training was delayed due to a lack of trainers per number of students we had, so I am at home until Saturday when a trainer opens up. But they are paying for my time at home and that is okay with me. I am doing my training at their West Memphis Ar. location. The trainers there really work with the students to teach them safe driving and doing things the Schneider way. I think I am going to like this company a lot.

Just a quick question: What made you want to go with them? Just wondering because they are on my list of prehire companies. I'm considering going to Trainco to get my CDL training, just not sure if I wanna risk being OTR for weeks. Anyone ever heard of driving for a few days then being off for a couple, or something similar? Thanks

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Prehire:

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Jeff B. Great to hear. I'm in Schneider @ Atlanta. Same sentiments about the company. Good luck!

Trevor D.'s Comment
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Awesome Jeff! I have just signed my training contract with them on the 1st. Hoping to be in school by the 19th. Super excited! Keep us updated, looking forward to hearing your experience.

Hey Shilo M., Schneider's job opportunities vary by location from what I have seen. But to answer your question, yes, they do have accounts/openings for drivers with little/no experience to be home daily or every week. However, this all depends on your location and division you drive in. In ex. In my area they have intermodal jobs that have you home daily/more then once a week. Also they have dry van positions that have you 7out/2home. Before they offered me a spot my recruiter gave me the option of Van/Intermodal/Tanker and left it up to me. Hope that helps!!

GL Jeff!

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Trevor D.'s Comment
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Been registered almost five months and ^^^^^ that was my first post... Can anyone say "Lurker"

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Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Been registered almost five months and ^^^^^ that was my first post... Can anyone say "Lurker"

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Lurker sure sounds much better than Stalker! rofl-2.gif

Bobby O.'s Comment
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Congrats Jeff, I decided to go with Schneider also. I will be at the West Memphis,Ark. Location too. I start this coming Monday. Im like you I think I'm gonna like working here a lot!

David H.'s Comment
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Awesome Jeff! I have just signed my training contract with them on the 1st. Hoping to be in school by the 19th. Super excited! Keep us updated, looking forward to hearing your experience.

"Hey Shilo M., Schneider's job opportunities vary by location from what I have seen. But to answer your question, yes, they do have accounts/openings for drivers with little/no experience to be home daily or every week. However, this all depends on your location and division you drive in. In ex. In my area they have intermodal jobs that have you home daily/more then once a week. Also they have dry van positions that have you 7out/2home. Before they offered me a spot my recruiter gave me the option of Van/Intermodal/Tanker and left it up to me. Hope that helps!!"

GL Jeff!

Would you recommend tankers as viable for a new CDL driver? It may be a silly question, but with respect to tankers what is it like to climb on top of the tank and walk the catwalk to check bulkheads (how much balance, in snow, rain, and ice)?

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.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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