New Graduate ??STEVENS Vs SHIFT Vs FFE??

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New Graduate ??STEVENS vs SHIFT vs FFE?? where can i get better training ,how much $$ is the pay in the training and how long is the training period please help i live in el paso tx,i am looking for a company for my carrer as a truck driver

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Hey Frank. We have like 60 pages of information on the various Company-Sponsored Training Programs so have a look.

Also you'll want to go through our Truck Driver's Career Guide from beginning to end and follow all of the links you come across. It has piles of important information.


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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Patricia M.'s Comment
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New Graduate ??STEVENS vs SHIFT vs FFE?? where can i get better training ,how much $$ is the pay in the training and how long is the training period please help i live in el paso tx,i am looking for a company for my carrer as a truck driver

You cannot go wrong with Swift or Stevens. They are both excellent companies with proven training for new drivers. FFE is another story. I do not like them or their training program. Other starter companies that will take the time to teach you as much as possible are Werner, Covenant, Snider, JB hunt, Tyson-may or may not be accepting student drivers, give them a call.... Which ever company you choose stay with them for one year possibly two. With the exception of Tyson, all the companies I listed are starter companies. Tyson on the other hand is a career company. Once you start with them you will not want to leave. (I was a driver for them for 7 years) No I do not work for Tyson any longer (medical issues) but as a former driver for them I can tell you I wondered many times why I did apply with them right out of school. Just a thought. And Tyson has a plant in El Paso so home time wouldn't be a problem :D Happy hunting. Hope this helps Trish


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