It's Final: Schneider Tankers It Is!

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Tom W.'s Comment
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I mentioned it on another thread here but wanted to let anyone interested know that I have finally chosen to drive tankers for Schneider National! I graduated Tuesday, chose Schneider today (Thursday), and will drive to Pittsburgh Sunday to start orientation Monday morning. Yes, I'm jumping right in.

Although I wish I'd documented my journey to this point much more thoroughly on TruckingTruth, let me say now that this site and the people on it have a lot to do with me getting to this point. You have given me and others a positive, yet honest, view of the truckers world and have provided valuable advice along the way. I've read so many of your stories and the responses you've received and have benefited greatly.

The CDL Training Materials here are second to none! Thanks Brett! I made it through all my permit exams as well as both Tanker and HazMat endorsements in large part because of the resources here at TruckingTruth. (I must admit, I didn't realize how much material there is in the CDL Training Materials section on Logbooks, Weight & Balance, and Cargo Securement. I will start reviewing these sections as I trust that if they help me only half as much as the other sections have, I will still benefit greatly as I start my career.)

Let me encourage everyone who is either in school now or is seriously considering getting into this trucking world to take full advantage of this site; both the wisdom available and the study tools. The blessings will pile up. However, if you want to hear people ripping each other apart, ripping companies to shreds, and generally hating their jobs, then this is not the site for you (consider yourself warned!).

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's great news Tom! Schneider has a ton of opportunities. Stick it out there for a while and you'll love the place.

I'm also really glad to hear our High Road Training Program and friendly people here in the forum were a big help.

Best of luck to ya! Looking forward to hearing about how things work out at Schneider.

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.
Chad B.'s Comment
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I'm interviewing with the Schneider tanker division tomorrow. I live in Pittsburgh and will go through the company sponsored training school if I decide on Schneider. Is there any advice you can give me?

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.

Tom W.'s Comment
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I'm interviewing with the Schneider tanker division tomorrow. I live in Pittsburgh and will go through the company sponsored training school if I decide on Schneider. Is there any advice you can give me?

Hey Chad, sorry for the late response. Have you decided one way or the other about Schneider tanker division? Basically, be serious about learning what they are teaching you and don't do anything that will cause them to question your integrity. All the instructors I had were good and very much wanted to see each of us learn and succeed with them. I did see one person get sent home quickly due to a matter questioning his integrity but I have no idea if there was more to the matter than I was aware of. In any case, be professional in how you approach your career and all else should fall into place. I just completed the training and initial testing in Coraopolis PA and will probably start my time with my training engineer (doing actual work) on Tuesday. Please let me know if you have specific questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

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.

CT Trucker 's Comment
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Congrats buddy, you will do great just go with an open mind and listen listen listen lol and you will be fine !!!!! I'm glad i went with Schneider in the beginning they gave me all the tools to succeed.... Again congrats

chris

Chad B.'s Comment
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I decided on the Schneider Tanker division. I sent in my acceptance letter on Wednesday. I was a little worried about finances as I gave my notice at work around labor day for August 1st. Not starting work until that 24th was going to make things a little tight financially.

Here's the amazing news, the organization threw me a going away party and they decided to give me 2 months severance for my service with them over the past 7 years. I was blown away!

I went to the Coraopolis training center and was able to meet with several of the instructors a couple of weeks ago and was impressed with there professionalism. I really look forward to my new career with Schneider and the trucking industry.

This website has been invaluable to me on the research of making my decision in not only the trucking business but also the company I chose to work for. My final decision was between, Celadon, Schneider and Con-Way.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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