Anyone Have Experience With SWIFT?

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Kenton Scharf's Comment
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Swift Transportation wants me to go to their academy this coming Monday and i was curious about the company?

David L.'s Comment
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There are several Swifty's here, including my son "Trucktographer". He's been out solo for about a month. He did Roadmaster and then orientation/training, not the academy. So far, it's been good. There were some truck issues, but not the company's fault: you don't expect a truck with only 22K miles to die every 3 days!

His trainer was excellent and his DM is superb. Once he started rolling without truck problems he runs about 2200 miles a week - and that's not too shabby for a new guy!

I'm planning on Swift academy after the first of the year.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Logan T.'s Comment
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I currently drive for Swift and I was on a Sears dedicated account for a year with them and ran 2200-2500 miles a week and was home just about every weekend. Just recently I got into the tours and trades division and I currently haul for a live show, Marvel Universe. It's a pretty sweet gig and a very hard division to get into.

Attila's Comment
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I'm a swifty, graduated the academy in Ontairo CA. The training is great. You will defiantly get back what you put into this. I like the company so far. It is really big though and you will have to have patience tring to figure out what departments snd who in them can answer your questions. As for the training plus mentor program you really can't beat it.

Eckoh's Comment
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I recently graduated from the Richmond va academy and I am out with a mentor now.

Ricky A.'s Comment
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I did not go to their academy but i am with swift and out with a mentor right now and am satisfied with everything about swift at this point. Everyone has been real nice and helpfull. The swifty graduates in my orientation seemed pleased with their school.

Kenton Scharf's Comment
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Thanks for the input guys.. I took their online tests last night and passed them all so im just waiting to hear from one of them so i can go to Millington, TN for the school... Im really nervous and upset that i have to leave my 3 year old boy and 3 month old girl but I desperately need money to give them everything they deserve. They told me the training was two weeks and orientation was the last week? Also im confused on the pay cuts for the schooling... One person told me $30 a week and the computer says $75 a week. ?

Matt S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the input guys.. I took their online tests last night and passed them all so im just waiting to hear from one of them so i can go to Millington, TN for the school... Im really nervous and upset that i have to leave my 3 year old boy and 3 month old girl but I desperately need money to give them everything they deserve. They told me the training was two weeks and orientation was the last week? Also im confused on the pay cuts for the schooling... One person told me $30 a week and the computer says $75 a week. ?

Very soon you should receive another email with some links to some extra information about the school. I recently got an email with some additional info about Richmond. I think it is actually a 150.00 deduction until school is paid for. Why not do the High Road Training Program on here and go and get your CDL permit before going to the academy. You will find that this program is almost exactly like your state's CDL manual and is a great tool. Getting your permit will be one less stressor. I wish you all of the best!

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.
Kenton Scharf's Comment
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Oh i see. I do have my permit and have had it for two years but never could find anyone with a truck to let me use for the road test. I have an up to date physical as well so hopefully im ahead of the game.

Eckoh's Comment
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The payment for swift acacademy is 75 a week but the reimburse you 37.50 a week. It takes 13 months to pay off the school and at 26 months theyes will have payed you back the full price.

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