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Old 09-19-2010, 04:43 PM
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Some of you are over thinking this school thing. All you need to know is, will the company you are going to work for accept your school and are the federal requirements met. Other than that find the cheapest school closest to your house and a short school helps you get employed faster so you have a steady income. A week after you get out of school, no one will care what school you went to. It is like asking some one with a Masters Degree what High School they went to. It doesn't matter and no one cares. A school will only teach you the basics. When you get to your company you will go out with a trainer and he will refine the basic skills you learned in school.

The single most important thing you can do is do your research on the company you are going to drive for. Apply now, before you even go to school, get a prehire, commit to your decision. They start absorbing everything you can about your segment, dry van, flatbed, reefer, whatever.

Not tooting my own horn, I knew what company I wanted to work for, got a prehire, knew my school qualified, it was a local community college about three miles from my house, but that was a coincidence. In school I volunteered for everything. Getting the trucks in the morning, parking them at night, whenever we were practicing backing and parking, it got boring. Sorme drivers thought they had it down, not me, I had a spring under my rear end, anytime the next in line hesitated, I jumped up and took another turn. I had more than double the practice of the majority of the other students. When I completed my companies orientation and was out with a driver, after the first week I was confident I could handle it on my own, my trainer was too. While I was a trainee, I had drivers coming up to me constantly asking questions. I always had the answer. Not to suggest I was some kind of a supertrucker, but I did my research and continue to do so.

That is the single most important thing you can do right now. Learn everything you can, on this and other boards. Read everything you can, you will start to develope an interest in the segment you want to drive in. Ask questions and then more questions. Anytime there is a big truck around go talk to the driver, especially if he is doing something. Watch and learn. Quit worring what school to to, no one cares, just go to a school it doesn't matter which one in the long run.
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:24 AM
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Originally Posted by NoBama View Post
Although this is not a political thread...I do beleive someone above:lol2: is way out of touch with what is going on with this administation and their socialistic agenda. Maybe if this cap and trade goes through,beurocratic health insurance :hellno::thumbsup:you can kiss alot more jobs good by. Sorry just being honest:thumbsup: 1. Don't expect anything. 2. If confused reread #1
None of you on this board would even HAVE to be doing this job if this was a socialist country. I just don't understand why NoBama and so many other poor to middle-income Americans (like NoBama) - by voting or otherwise supporting Republicans and Teabaggers - WORSHIP corporate America, big business, union-busters, Wall St, etc., and enjoy suffering daily due to financial problems. Actually, I DO know why. Because most Americans believe socialism is what the worst enemies of America's working class (Rush Limpballs, Glenn Beck, Sean Insanity, you name the Faux "News" anchor) say it is. After all, the only losers are the filthy rich who made their fortunes on the backs of the poor and middle-income, anyway. Why the hell should anyone WANT to worry about money problems due to loss of a job? Under socialism as has been practiced in Europe and Scandinavia for decades, there is no worry about where your next meal is coming from, if you can pay their rent/mortgage, if you can pay that gigantic medical bill. Give Democrats the White House and an overwhelming majority in Congress, for a change, and you might stop shooting your family, children, grandchildren and yourself in the head every time you vote. Capitalism is a failure for 90+% of American citizens, yet they continue to put the GOP bastards back into office. Anyone who does that DESERVES to suffer, although their innocent children (under 18) don't deserve it. So American workers, open your minds, wash them out with soap, and stop believing the morons of Republican talk radio and a certain so-called "news" station, because intelligent and perceptive people such as myself, although few in number in America, don't deserve to suffer simply because you, as a Republican voter or supporter, seek out that needless suffering while the filthy rich Glenn Limpballs of the country get even richer. Remember, the cost thus far of our idiotic and useless involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan alone could pay for reasonable living expenses for EVERYONE in America over 18 - citizen or illegal - for the next 50 years. We NEVER would have invaded Iraq and Afghanistan if the Democrats had been an overwhelming majority in Congress at the time of 9/11. Now look at the shape we are in, with an employer's market to boot. Jeez, is this really so hard to understand, people?

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Old 10-20-2010, 01:08 AM
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Murgatroyd YOU have no clue what this profession is about ...
""None of you on this board would even HAVE to be doing this job if this was a socialist country.""

We didn't become truck drivers just for the heck of it .... some of Us happen to enjoy rollin up and down these hwys ... it rolls smoothly with our personalities ... IT'S A CHOICE .!! ... if you don't like this profession ... No One is going to make you do it !!
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:36 PM
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I can see it both ways.
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:46 PM
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I own Hi-desert Truck Driving schools here in CA. I take on a no hassle approach with my students and give them all the facts upfront with no up selling or B.S. Times are unclear and so many American people, I give them my best advise no matter what troubles they may have and help them get a job.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by boneebone View Post
Micky D's is always hiring.
If there was a "lick of truth" in that....I would be working for them, at least in management, and I do have the CV (resume) to support the qualifications to the position.... But truth being what it is.... I make more than their full time managers now. The only people who make any decent money with fast food franchises are the franchise owners...the rest of the employees are just eking out a "living", or rather would that be a sub-poverty level existence?

Something more professional or technical to me would be something like law school, medical school, a CPA license, etc.... :lol:
Forrest Gump was right....and some people literally strive to prove it.....everyday. Strive not to be one of "them".... And "lemmings" are a dime a dozen!

Remember: The "truth WILL set you free"! If it doesn't "set you free"....."it will trap you in the cesspool of your own design".

They lost my original "avatar"....oh well.

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Old 02-12-2011, 12:58 AM
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how does "experience in trucking" in trucking get on a no hire list? drfarms
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:24 PM
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I went to a local school thinking I could get a local driving job after I was laid off at my IT company of 13 years. Seems that is a little harder than I thought. Without experience no one can let you drive for insurance purposes. My mistake. But not all is lost. I did learn that I really like truck driving. I have my CDL-A with all the endorsements. I am now applying to several trucking companies and am being told it has been too long ( 5 months ) since I graduated from my school and will have to go to their school. Thats fine. I can always use more time in a truck before I hit the road full time ( my alley dock skills could use some practice ). I have narrowed my list down to two companies. They have already done a background check on me and want to schedule my start. What do I need to watch out for here?
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:18 AM
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:59 AM
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tell me why cant you americans just start off driving local trucks as in dumpers, town frieght, rubbish etc to get bit of experience as far as insurence ,and other licence credentials you need for interstate,it seems your companies dont really help you that much or are there rules just to tough,owner operaters must have it easier but then from what i see in here they get ripped off quite good
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