Experience Question

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RedBeard's Comment
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Does experience start as soon as you get hired or as soon as you go solo? If it is only when you go solo how will other companies know? Just like how will dot know how long it took for you actually unstrap, fold traps, and get unloaded?


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.

Justin N.'s Comment
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As long as you are learning something about trucking then that is experience.

If a company requires 12 months of experience then that counts all the time you have been in the truck and getting paid, even trainee pay.

Errol V.'s Comment
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At Swift, they count "experience" from the day you are upgraded to A seat - full solo type driver. If you contact personnel, they will give you your date. No training/mentor road driving is included.

Phox's Comment
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Depends what kind of experience... if they say "driving experience" they may want specifically driving experience, otherwise cdl schooling may count too. I don't think the month or two of tnt training will make a difference if you say you have 1 year with only 10 months of a seat experience. most people round up anyways (I never say I have 9 months 3 weeks experience in something, after 7 months I would just say 1 year)

trucking may be different though.


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.



Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Joshua C.'s Comment
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At Swift, they count "experience" from the day you are upgraded to A seat - full solo type driver. If you contact personnel, they will give you your date. No training/mentor road driving is included.

Yeah Prime is the same way. It's when you become an A Seat

Errol V.'s Comment
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Phox states:

trucking may be different though.

For a large organization, it's best to have certain lines drawn to keep things organized. An A-Seat driver is ready to take on the world, or at least the next dispatch. So, the A-seat upgrade date is important. I applied to become a Mentor, but my 6 months as A seat was not up yet, dated from February 20.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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trucking may be different though.

Yeah it is different. They're a lot more strict about your past. They need to know every detail of your employment history for 10 years once you've been a driver. If you're new to the industry they'll only ask for the past three or five years. But regardless, there can't be any holes in your history. They need to know what you were doing at all times and they will verify every detail of it.

RedBeard's Comment
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Thanks guys for the replys i started with mcelroy on may 8th training was 7 weeks long and i have been solo for like 6 or 7 weeks and i know that i am supposed to stay at my 1st job for a year but there is a sweet job offer local after 9 months of experience with Ryder plus not mention my girlfriend is making it hell for me with me being gone during the week. So i was trying to a get a time period of when to apply for the job. By the way its a home daily flatbed job those are rare in my neck of the woods.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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