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Gregory H.'s Comment
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I've got my permit with all endorsements completed besides hazmat , which I get my fingerprints taken for the background check Wednesday. I already have a promise of a job with old dominion after I obtain my cdl but as I haven't attended a school and I'm getting my cdl on my own I'll have to attend their school. Can anyone tell me any information about their school/training program. Any and all information would be appreciated and helpful.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

6 string rhythm's Comment
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First off, congrats on Old Dominion, one of the best trucking companies you could work for. I was fortunate enough to land a linehaul job with them right out of trucking school. Looks like you'll be another fortunate one. OD is a place you can stay and retire from. But enough of the kool-aide, I just wanna make sure you realize how good of an offer you have!

At the HAR terminal , people can be hired without their CDL and go through the school, or you can be hired as a brand new CDL holder and go through their training. Either way, both will go through training, but an existing CDL holder will not go through the OD classes. I don't know how they do it in KS, I assumed it was the same everywhere.

What questions do you have? Have you approached your local OD terminal and asked these questions?

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.

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.

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Will you be running out of Parsons?

Gregory H.'s Comment
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I plan to go in with my cdl already. I've talked with the hiring manager after my best friends uncle who has drove with them for 10 years referred me. He has told me a lot of general information about the company and I've really like everything I've heard but he can't answer anything about the school because he was never required to go. He was working for another company they bought out called wskt. I'd like to know how long is the course? What can I expect to be taught? The driving Manager said he was going to talk to the manager in charge of hostlers and see if he'd hire me as a hostler to gain more experience until the course started so hopefully that goes through.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gregory H.'s Comment
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And yes I'll be running out or parsons. The driver that gave me the referral strongly recommended wild boards.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Well I'm very excited for you. You'll have to let us know when you're officially hired so I can give you an official welcome to OD.

Sounds like Parsons might do things a bit differently than HAR. OD is kinda like federalism - you've got your general corporate policy that's like the federal government, then you've got a certain amount of autonomy for each individual terminal. I didn't go through the classes, only training for 4 weeks. My experience might not be the same for you.

Your opportunities might also differ from what I had available, simply because you're at a different terminal. There are some terminals where a new driver in linehaul might have to run wild (the extraboard) for months if not years. Then you have terminals like mine where there is such a need for drivers because of growth, that a schedule run can be had after only 6 months of employment. Are they offering both linehaul and P&D jobs at Parsons?

Wild boards have the potential for the driver to really churn those miles - like 500+ a day. It all depends on the runs and the location of the terminal in proximity to other terminals.

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.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gregory H.'s Comment
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They're offering both P&D and wild boards. From the sounds of things I'd rather run the wild board. I don't want to run locally, and I was told I would make more money on the linehaul than p&d. So you still had 4 weeks of training even though you went to truck driving school and already had your cdl?

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.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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I chose linehaul because you make more money, get to basically just drive, and don't have to deal with customers. I LOVE being a linehaul driver.

I still had 4 weeks of training since I was considered a student driver. I graduated from trucking school with my CDL A and all my endorsements required by OD (doubles/triples, hazmat , and tank). I didn't have experience since OD was my first (and will hopefully be my last) trucking job. All new drivers have to go through training.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
mountain girl's Comment
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All I can say is, GO FOR IT! OD is awesome.

6 String, I PM'd you ...

-mountain girl

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Gregory H.'s Comment
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I agree. I've read nothing but good things about them and the guy who got me on has had nothing but good things to say. What all did you learn in the training classes 6 string?

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