Anyone Work For NFI Or Other Local Companies In The NE?

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Harish S.'s Comment
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Hello,

Just wondering if anyone here works or worked for NFI in the northeast. They seem to be one of the few companies (that I'm familiar with) that offers local work and has an apprenticeship program (I recently got my class A).

Just curious what it's like working for NFI or any other local companies. I appreciate any input!

Harish

Heavy C's Comment
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Hey harish! So i don't know about nfi except for they are everywhere! Their equipment looks great though. Also where in the ne are you? That could seriously effect what's available for you. I live in Maine and had plenty of opportunities when i finished school. So you may be able to get something without much problem. Check with ltl companies and food delivery companies. Sysco is huge up here in the ne and you would be home every night. Beware though, with delivery jobs comes a lot more physical labor.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Hey Harish,

I see NFI all the time too. I run linehaul for an LTL company and go throughout the NE. I see their trucks almost every day. Don't know much about them, but I hope you find what you're looking for. Depending on where you're located, you could have plenty of companies that offer local or regional runs and hire student drivers. I'll echo what Heavy said, look into LTL companies or the food service industry. The local jobs are out there, but it really does depend on where you live.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Harish S.'s Comment
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Hey Heavy C and 6 String...

Thanks a lot for the advise. I will definitely check LTL companies. As far as doing the labor goes, I'm kind of trying to get away from that. Working for a moving company on and off for 14 years has me cringing at the idea of more labor (haha). However, if it's just a matter of rolling some pallets off and on the truck, I would be ok with that. But I've also heard stories of having to roll pallets off truck when on an incline.

The great thing about NFI is that they offer a driver trainer program where a mentor drives with you for the first month, or so, of employment. I'm guessing this is hard to find in local companies (?). I was really hoping to get hired by them but was very disappointed today when I called them and they said they no longer hire students from my school. There was a rumor going around in my school that a graduate from my school got in an accident in an NFI truck. Ironically, I found out that they hire Sage students. I almost went to Sage but decided on my school because it was in commuting distance. I'm wondering if there are other local companies that offer training to recent graduates.

Schneider already said they would hire me. I hear they are a good company but I'm trying to avoid doing regional. However, I will do it if I have no local options. The good thing about Schneider is that they can transfer me to local after I get some experience with them.

6 String- I was reading your extensive write up of LTL trucking. It was very informative. Good job and thanks. It's good for us newbies to read detailed info like that. Btw- do you play guitar? I'm a drummer myself.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Harish S.'s Comment
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Hey Heavy C- to answer your question- I live in Westchester county. It's about 40 minutes north of the New York City line. I see Sysco trucks a lot here too. That's cool that your had plenty of opportunities after school. My school is really trying to push OTR/Regional.

Just curious- how many hours of driving time did you guys get in your school? When I say driving time I mean driving on the road, not practicing maneuvers in the yard.

Thanks!

Hey harish! So i don't know about nfi except for they are everywhere! Their equipment looks great though. Also where in the ne are you? That could seriously effect what's available for you. I live in Maine and had plenty of opportunities when i finished school. So you may be able to get something without much problem. Check with ltl companies and food delivery companies. Sysco is huge up here in the ne and you would be home every night. Beware though, with delivery jobs comes a lot more physical labor.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Harish - yep, I play guitar, but I'm actually a drummer too. I don't play gigs anymore, no time. smile.gif

I saw that you responded where you live. You'll have to dig around a bit, but you should have local opportunities. Don't let anybody tell you that you'll make more OTR as opposed to local, it can vary. You'd be surprised what local jobs could pay, and LTL jobs are some of the best-paying in the trucking industry. Are you around Beacon, NY? I know we have a terminal on the other side of the river in Newburg.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Heavy C's Comment
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my training diary

Here's a link to my training diary I did. I tried to be as descriptive as possible. That should give you an idea of what my school was like as far driving time goes.

I'm not familiar with the area but stick to the job boards like glue and you should be able to find something. 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.
Harish S.'s Comment
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Cool! I'm trying to learn guitar as well. It's not going so good lol!

I live approximately 30 minutes south of Newburg. I know it sounds odd but I don't really mind making less money. What is important to me is my time home. I'm taking online college classes full time and I'm afraid being on the road all week may make it tough to do school.

I was really bummed when I called NFI yesterday and found out that they do not take students from my school anymore. Rumor has it that a student from my school got in an accident, but I can't be sure of that. NFI is the only company I have come across so far that is local AND offers driver training. A coworker suggested applying to the local railroad (they need class A drivers) but I'm hesitant to do so because they most likely don't have driver training.

Harish - yep, I play guitar, but I'm actually a drummer too. I don't play gigs anymore, no time. smile.gif

I saw that you responded where you live. You'll have to dig around a bit, but you should have local opportunities. Don't let anybody tell you that you'll make more OTR as opposed to local, it can vary. You'd be surprised what local jobs could pay, and LTL jobs are some of the best-paying in the trucking industry. Are you around Beacon, NY? I know we have a terminal on the other side of the river in Newburg.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

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