Question About Tanker Driving

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JakeBreak's Comment
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Hey guys. Thanks for all the info on this site, I have learned alot about my new career already. I have an opportunity to get my schooling paid for by a company if i agree to drive tanker for them. Im really trying to get an otr job and frankly im not sure if i would be comfortable driving tankers. So my question is if i should go tanker to get the schooling paid for or continue trying to pay for it myself and go otr?

OTR:

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.

Old School's Comment
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Jake Brake, welcome to the forum!

You can go OTR and still get your schooling paid for by attending one of the Company-Sponsored Training programs. They will pay for your trip to get you to their location, put you up in a hotel, and take care of most of your meals while you are in school with them. Then once they've got you with a CDL they will pay you while you are training with your trainer. Prime is paying 700 bucks a week now for the training. You should check out the link I gave you and see if there is someone in that group that interests you. It is a great way to get started in an over the road driving career.

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.

OTR:

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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.

Slowpoke's Comment
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Keep in mind that if you go through a company sponsored training program you will sign a contract obligating you to work for that company for a period of time, usually 12-18 months I believe is pretty standard.

If you can afford to keep paying for your own training I would, as it keeps your options open to working for anyone and doesn't obligate you to anyone, plus, most companies have re-imbursement programs with pays you back for all or most of your cost for training.

Typically tanker work is pretty easy, it usually pays a little better than van work but it takes a bit more care in driving, slosh can be fun ;) But often times you will be working in all weather conditions, some of the places you'll go can be a pain, lots of rules for safety of course, you'll more than likely need a TWIC card and some of the backs in tanker jobs can be far worse than vans...

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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