Jumping Ship

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Andre R.'s Comment
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As I've mentioned in a previous post I went to covenant transport. I have been home waiting.on a trainer. I've made contact today and was advised it was going.to be a while for a trainer. Sadly as much as I'd love to be able to wait I need to make money as I'm not rich. I have decided that I will roll the dice and jump ship and head over to knight transportation out of Gulfport Mississippi. I head there Monday for orientation. I hate jumping as I am not a job jumper and know this looks bad. Anyone with knight out of.Gulfport any insight would be great. Thanks in advance.

Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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Hopefully Knight gets you in with a trainer asap. It is kind of a letdown when it happens, but maybe it was a sign that that company was not a good fit for you. This is also my main fear of going into trucking where I live currently, I do not know too many major players that come up into the Thumb of Michigan. I guess though since I am not too worried about home time currently will make it easier to stay out on the road for longer periods of time, and take advantage of the 34 hour rule as much as possible.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You shouldn't wait long for a trainer with Knight but each terminal varies. I'm out with my trainer right now and will be back in Indy tomorrow to hopefully finish everything up and get out solo in my own truck. So far, I'm loving Knight as a company.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I hate jumping as I am not a job jumper and know this looks bad.

Andre, don't give it a second thought. You need to be working and earning a paycheck, and the folks at Covenant couldn't make it happen in a timely manner. It doesn't reflect badly on you at all.

Let me be the first to welcome you to Knight Transportation, and to the Gulfport, MS Terminal. This is my home terminal , in fact I'm sleeping here tonight. I'm on a 1600 mile run down into southern Florida from Delhi, Louisiana tonight and this just happened to be a great place for me to take a break tonight.

You'll enjoy the atmosphere at the Gulfport terminal. Everyone is real friendly, and there is a family like atmosphere. You'll be meeting J.P. the Office Manager/recruiter/best all around helpful person here for a newbie to know. You'll also meet Wayne, the terminal manager, Howard the drivers liaison, and safety manager for the terminal. An older former driver named Tommy will be doing your orientation stuff, teaching you the "Smith System", and road testing you in a ten speed truck. He's a great guy who's real easy going and full of truck driver stories.

It may seem a little disorganized to you at first, and you may find yourself sitting around waiting at times, but it will all work out in it's own time.

By the way Andre, you live in an excellent area for working out of the Gulfport Terminal. I'm not sure what type of job you will be pursuing, but they have some great jobs right here in the area working out of the ports or even doing some intermodal stuff. My first day, before I went over to the job they hired me for at the SAPA plant out of Delhi, they wanted me to pull some Dupont loads for them right here in a short little radius. The pay was 58 bucks a load and I was able to pull three that first day without even hardly knowing what I was doing yet. You do that for six days a week and you will be making some really decent scratch. If you are interested they may even let you get on the flat-bed account I'm working on once you've gotten yourself a little experience.

Welcome aboard, and keep us posted on how things are going for you.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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