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Jason S.'s Comment
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Well thanks to your High Road Training Program here I passed my permit tests with flying colors and have an interview at FedEx tomorrow morning.

Thank you for that great program Brett.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Jason!

How does the Fed-Ex job work that you are applying for. Is it a program they have to help people get their CDL? We'd love to hear more about it if you have the time.

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.
Jason S.'s Comment
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Yes, its a paid four weeks with a trainer then use one of their trucks to test at the DMV for my CDL-A.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Old School's Comment
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This is news to me - if you don't mind me asking, where are you located? I know that others will be interested in this program. I was unaware that Fed-Ex was doing this.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats Jason!

Yeah, I'd like to hear more about this arrangement also. FedEx hauls a lot of their freight using outside contractors so I'm wondering if this might be an outside company contracted with FedEx and not FedEx themselves?

Jason S.'s Comment
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Well its definitely FedEx, its FedEx frieght. The driver instructor and operations manager both have FedEx.com emails. I don't think they offer the program unless they have an opening for a driver at one of the local hubs so it may not be something that gets used a lot. I am located about 100 miles west of Chicago.

David's Comment
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FedEx does have a program if they have positions open. I had an interview at one in Oakland when I was driving for Swift back when I was working my first year. UPS does the same I believe. Its a nice way to get into a LTL job and stay local if its available.

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
Bill R.'s Comment
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Well its definitely FedEx, its FedEx frieght. The driver instructor and operations manager both have FedEx.com emails. I don't think they offer the program unless they have an opening for a driver at one of the local hubs so it may not be something that gets used a lot. I am located about 100 miles west of Chicago.

Rockford?

Jason S.'s Comment
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Yes sir.

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