What Did You Do Before Becoming A Truck Driver?

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Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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I programmed CNC machines in a furniture factory for the last 10 years. Ran them the 10 before that. Good job and I loved the people that worked for me.

Over the years I did factory work I noticed how far separated management and employees had become. Seemed like it got a lot worse once there were no managers who had "worked their way up". Go to a meeting one day with my 3 bosses and a lady from personnel about one of my guys making an honest mistake and they spend thirty minutes trying to figure out a legal reason to fire him. He had worked there over 25 years. During that very meeting I looked around a noticed that not one person of the four had worked there more than five years. The choice for me to leave started at that meeting.

Oh by the way, the VP of human resources squashed their attempt to fire him. Made me laugh

James U.'s Comment
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I was a house framer started when I was 18 back in 1988 . Learned the trade was one of the best. Started my own framing company I hated it dealing with builders people calling out chasing money etc etc etc . closed my doors and went back to the old boss ran his crew until the market crash.. Ran out of work, I was self employed so no unemployment and other framing companies were under cutting to the point where it wasnt worth it. besides the fact its a young mans game . I was 40 then . So I went to trucking school and went over the road. I love it !!!!!!! Body doesnt have pain anymore

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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I was the assistant gas coordinator for a large steel maker in Gary, IN. I was a contractor and there new ceo did not want any contractor's in the mill after January 1 so October of last year I joined roehl as a flatbed driver and here I am.

Shawn's Comment
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I'm in my 11th year of working overnights at CVS. I'm in driving school now, hopefully I'll be out soon.

Andre R.'s Comment
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I started my career in law enforcement two day after I graduated high school. Started in the prison of Orleans parish. Talk about a rough place. I learned fast that wasn't the place for me and in 6 weeks I was gone. Shortly after after a few odd and end jobs I went back into the same field.and back to corrections where I stayed until I was able to attend the police academy. I transferred to the patrol division where I rose to become a field training officer. I did that for 16 years until I had enough of politics. I moved to security for a major hospital here in New Orleans until I could no longer take working for 14.52 an hour with no raises for the past 3 years and no more in sight as I had reached the max pay for y position. That pushed me to this field which I'm coming to the half way point of school and cannot be more excited.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I was in management during the 90's then worked for the government until 2010. Had enough of that crap and became a service technician for Dish. Not enough money there, so, here I am.

Joe R.'s Comment
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After H.S. and the U.S. Army, I worked as a truck tire mechanic for an independent Goodyear dealer in Chicago Heights, became a butcher and supported my family that way for about 18 years. I went back to school, during which time, I worked as an environmental services supervisor at the VA hospital, then a retail store manager. For the past 5 years, I was an H.R. manager for a large commercial cleaning company. After some corporate shenanigans, my job was eliminated. Finally, my kids are grown and it's my turn to do what I have always wanted to do.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
LunchBox's Comment
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Went to college out of high school and dropped out with one years worth of credits left. I lost interest.

Currently an assembler making commercial and industrial fans, but it just doesn't seem like something I want to do for years. Not enough pay for the physically taxing work.

Should I still want to join the highways as a professional driver, that will be what I did before.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Raised on a dairy farm in WA state. Went into the AF out of high school. My dad got real sick so I got out of the military.

1 year after that, things got better at home, so I went into the Navy, finished my 20 years.

Worked in a factory for a couple of years, then went to school for computers. Did that for a few years. Had the opportunity to start my own computer business as a franchise owner to a company called "Geeks on Call". When the economy started to get bad in 2008, I and my partner held on for another 3 years. We decided that one of us needed to do something different otherwise we were going to lose everything we had.

I had always wanted to drive trucks OTR since I retired from the military. So I sold my part of the computer business to my partner, and here I am. Having a great time traveling the country and getting paid to do it.


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.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Worked as a correctional officer until Nov 2012, then a few dead end employment agency jobs. I did enjoy working at a nursing home a few months too.

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