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Jared D.'s Comment
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Curious to see if anyone has ever attended this school, it's a 2 week course in Jackson, TN?

Phox's Comment
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Curious to see if anyone has ever attended this school, it's a 2 week course in Jackson, TN?

2 weeks to do what? get your cdl? That does not sound like enough time... from my understanding the DOT requires a min of 40 hours classroom time... that only leaves you a little over a week (if you had no time off) to learn to drive the truck and get practice with all the things such as pre trips, backing, log books, etc...

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jared D.'s Comment
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Curious to see if anyone has ever attended this school, it's a 2 week course in Jackson, TN?

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2 weeks to do what? get your cdl? That does not sound like enough time... from my understanding the DOT requires a min of 40 hours classroom time... that only leaves you a little over a week (if you had no time off) to learn to drive the truck and get practice with all the things such as pre trips, backing, log books, etc...

Yeah, it's a short 14 day class, but it's a school Schneider will sponsor you to go to.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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From their website:

  • 14 days of Training
  • Quality training by professional licensed instructors
  • Quality, up-to-date equipment
  • 150-hour course
  • (30% classroom / 70% field & road training)
  • Tuition for full time student is $4,995.00
  • Company Paid Training
  • Student Tuition Loans Available
  • Job Placement Assistance

150 hours in 14 days of schooling? Wow. Well, they're preparing you for life in the trucking industry I'd say. I went to a school (back in '93 this is) that was 350 hours over 7 weeks (35 days school days).

Just make sure any company you're interested in, Schneider in this case, does indeed hire from any school you're considering.

Jared D.'s Comment
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From their website:

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  • 14 days of Training
  • Quality training by professional licensed instructors
  • Quality, up-to-date equipment
  • 150-hour course
  • (30% classroom / 70% field & road training)
  • Tuition for full time student is $4,995.00
  • Company Paid Training
  • Student Tuition Loans Available
  • Job Placement Assistance

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150 hours in 14 days of schooling? Wow. Well, they're preparing you for life in the trucking industry I'd say. I went to a school (back in '93 this is) that was 350 hours over 7 weeks (35 days school days).

Just make sure any company you're interested in, Schneider in this case, does indeed hire from any school you're considering.

Yeah Brett, Schneider has a contract with this school and is covering the tuition for me to attend.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'm sure they're a good school or the major companies wouldn't hire from there. Unfortunately a lot of companies require 160 hours of training and their course is 150 hours. I don't know if other companies would draw a hard line in the sand and refuse to hire from there or not. But if you're going with Schneider then obviously that's the place to go.

Just be aware of the minimum requirements other companies may have before choosing a school. Always verify that the company you'd like to work for hires from school you're going to attend.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jared D.'s Comment
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I'm sure they're a good school or the major companies wouldn't hire from there. Unfortunately a lot of companies require 160 hours of training and their course is 150 hours. I don't know if other companies would draw a hard line in the sand and refuse to hire from there or not. But if you're going with Schneider then obviously that's the place to go.

Just be aware of the minimum requirements other companies may have before choosing a school. Always verify that the company you'd like to work for hires from school you're going to attend.

Yeah Schneider is who I'm wanting to work for, and I'm scheduled to start Monday, even though it's a 150 hour school and not a 160 as long as I worked for Schneider for 1-2 years and got the experience , it wouldn't hurt me later on if I decided to go local would it?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Mike C.'s Comment
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We had a student that had to test out at that drive train for SWIFT. They have recruiters that come daily there to grab newbies so there are multiple options from there. It seems like a relaxed environment as well not the military feel of others.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah Schneider is who I'm wanting to work for, and I'm scheduled to start Monday, even though it's a 150 hour school and not a 160 as long as I worked for Schneider for 1-2 years and got the experience , it wouldn't hurt me later on if I decided to go local would it?

No, not at all. In fact that 160 hour rule isn't anything written in stone. It's just a minimum number that some companies came up with. They decided if you didn't have that much training it probably isn't enough. And obviously it's far from scientific. They figure 4 weeks at 40 hours each week = 160 hours - good enough!

Heck, a bunch of companies might make exceptions just for that one school if they're doing a great job.

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