Dock to Driver

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  1. Jeremy Lawson

    Jeremy Lawson Member

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    Hi, I have an opportunity to work for FedEx Freight as a dockworker. I already have a Class A CDL but I only have a tanker endorsement. I was just wanting to know if it usually takes a while before you can become a driver? Becoming a driver is my ultimate goal and just trying to get an idea of what I'm getting myself into. Thanks
     
  2. silent trucker

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    You have tank, and therefore hazmat; guessing not doubles triples?
     
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  3. Jeremy Lawson

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    Just tanker at the moment.
     
  4. Gator

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    Its just a written test for doubles and triples
     
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  5. Dick Dastardly

    Dick Dastardly Drat, Double Drat, and Triple Drat!

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    Is your experience limited? You also need to pick up your haz-mat and doubles-triples endorsement asap.
     
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  6. Jeremy Lawson

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    Yeah, I would need to go through their training program. I just didn't want to get the endorsements and have to wait 2 years for a driving position to open.
     
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  7. Redracer3136

    Redracer3136 BANNED

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    This really depends on the location...positions are likely to open more frequently at the hubs than EOL centers.
     
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  8. Jeremy Lawson

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    It's actually for the Chattanooga, TN location. I'm assuming they stay fairly busy.
     
  9. mxblue

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    Depends on the center and their operational needs. Another factor is if there are people at the center ahead of you that would be interested in the position. In my drivers class, I met a couple people that were with the company a few months, others years, before being accepted into the program. Some people get lucky.

    Another reality is your performance on the dock. If you're weak on the dock, your chances of driving diminish.

    Either way, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get all the required endorsements asap.
     
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  10. Jeremy Lawson

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    I appreciate the info. Is working the dock fairly easy to catch onto? I'm assuming it can be fast paced at times.
     
  11. mxblue

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    It's easy as all you do is move freight, build a deck, secure the freight. It does get hectic, late arrivals, hot freight, gate times, freight blown out all over the dock lol. Working around however many people all trying to get their freight into the same trailer. It can be a cluster****.

    Do you have forklift experience? It's a step above being a shipper/receiver. You're moving freight all night, and you have to move it with a sense of urgency.

    It's challenging at first. But you get the hang of it.
     
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  12. Jeremy Lawson

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    Yeah, I've drove a forklift for about 11 years now. Nothing really fast paced but hopefully I'll catch on quickly. Thanks
     
  13. Dick Dastardly

    Dick Dastardly Drat, Double Drat, and Triple Drat!

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    I disagree. If you're going to work in this industry whether here, or another trucking company, you'll need them all.

    You stand a much better chance going in prepared with all of your endorsements, especially haz-mat. Apply at all of the LTL's and see how you fare. They all accept students these days.
    Good luck.
     
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  14. Jeremy Lawson

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    I appreciate it.
     
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  15. Richard Cranium

    Richard Cranium Well-Known Member

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    Unless you are going to work local P&D, are you ok with the prospects of working nights for the rest of your career?
     
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  16. Jeremy Lawson

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    If you mean for a road driver position I do believe it would take some getting used to. If I could stay on as a city driver I believe I'd be fine with it. But I wouldn't automatically be against driving at night. I really enjoy driving and meeting different people and I know city driving would require a lot of patience.
     
  17. Dick Dastardly

    Dick Dastardly Drat, Double Drat, and Triple Drat!

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    If Chattanooga, check with Southeastern Freight Lines too. They have an inhouse program and are hiring everywhere. Get the haz-mat endorsement and give the TM a call.
     
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  18. Jeremy Lawson

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    Will do, Thanks. Between the two, who would be better?
     
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    I could be wrong but I'm almost positive that MEM/WME, NAS, and KNX are the Hubs for TN...not sayin CHA isn't busy though.
    Good luck!!
     
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    Is this a trick question?? :poke:
     

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