Flatbedding For A First Job?

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Mike S.'s Comment
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So I just wanted to know what yall think of somebody just getting out of school going to a flatbed company? Also how should I prepare myself for the physical?

Wilson's Comment
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So I just wanted to know what yall think of somebody just getting out of school going to a flatbed company? Also how should I prepare myself for the physical?

Well, I think there's nothing wrong with it. That's what I did. I entered my CDL school without ever even sitting in a truck before. I graduated and went directly to Melton for orientation. They will teach you everything you will need to know. They won't set you up for failure. On the contrary, they will set you up for success! I then completed my 3-week training with a trainer and now I am solo. That was the process in a peanut shell. There was a lot of things I did that went on during this, research and so forth. But the bottom line is that if that's what you want to do, go for it!

As far as the physical goes, I am assuming you are referring to the company physical that some have. I know Schneider has a You Tube video on their physical. Once you determine which company you are going with, find out what their physical entails and make sure you can do what they want you to do. You don't want to get there and fail the physical; it would be a big time waster for you. Every company is different so you will have to find that information out. Talk to drivers from that company and see what they say about the physical (and anything else you want to know about that company). Know what you are getting into and what will be required of you. There's nothing wrong with practicing standing on one foot for 1 minute prior to the physical.

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.
Mike S.'s Comment
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So I just wanted to know what yall think of somebody just getting out of school going to a flatbed company? Also how should I prepare myself for the physical?

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Well, I think there's nothing wrong with it. That's what I did. I entered my CDL school without ever even sitting in a truck before. I graduated and went directly to Melton for orientation. They will teach you everything you will need to know. They won't set you up for failure. On the contrary, they will set you up for success! I then completed my 3-week training with a trainer and now I am solo. That was the process in a peanut shell. There was a lot of things I did that went on during this, research and so forth. But the bottom line is that if that's what you want to do, go for it!

As far as the physical goes, I am assuming you are referring to the company physical that some have. I know Schneider has a You Tube video on their physical. Once you determine which company you are going with, find out what their physical entails and make sure you can do what they want you to do. You don't want to get there and fail the physical; it would be a big time waster for you. Every company is different so you will have to find that information out. Talk to drivers from that company and see what they say about the physical (and anything else you want to know about that company). Know what you are getting into and what will be required of you. There's nothing wrong with practicing standing on one foot for 1 minute prior to the physical.

Good luck!

Actually I'm considering going with Melton

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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Mike, there's nothing wrong with taking a flat-bed job for your first gig. There are several companies out there that will hire rookies out of school and put them into a flat-bed truck. Melton is one of them and they've got a great training program in place to help you off to a good start. If flat-bed work is something that interests you then jump in with both feet and go for it!

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