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  1. Handyhammer

    Handyhammer New Member

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    I'm starting truck driving school next week. A three week course. I'm I going to be able to get a training job. I live in Michigan. What are the odds of getting a local training job?
     
  2. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What, exactly, do you mean by training job? To me a 'training job' would be one where one trains others to do a job.
     
  3. Handyhammer

    Handyhammer New Member

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    I meant a trainee job
     
  4. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    try the local LTL companies like, ABF, Old Dominion, SAIA, Estes. they "may hire you" and you "might" work on the docks for a while, maybe moving trucks around the yard. they "may" let you drive a straight truck to see how you do.

    at the very least, you got your foot in the door..

    best of luck to you, by the way, IT IS how many started!!
     
  5. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The way things are today you should have your choice of entry level jobs but that is because the pay and conditions in the industry have diminished over the years and they can no longer find or attract experienced drivers. I suggest that you study what jobs and industries are in your area or the area you want to live in and figure out which one looks best to you. I recommend staying away from the YRC family of companies and ABF is not what it used to be either. Get a good idea of what the LTL and truckload industries are before you get into them. There are a lot of companies that have their own trucks to move their own products, soda, chemical, steel, groceries and more. I would look more towards them than I would the freight industry.
     
  6. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    i am so glad (in my own little way), due to my condition, i just don't have to worry no more about the diminishing conditions or pay in this industry.
     
  7. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That makes two of us. When I see a youngster just coming into the business (and most any other business) I give them my sympathies for what is being left for them. Most of them don't get it and one thing that I just cannot understand is how many of them don't feel like they should be able to earn a living wage for the work that we do, they're content having the pittance that they get. Little do they know that the trend is for that pittance to be less in ten years than it is today.
     
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  8. Handyhammer

    Handyhammer New Member

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  9. Handyhammer

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    Thank for the information I'll be helpful
     
  10. Jack Knife

    Jack Knife Well-Known Member

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    Saia will hire you but you will have to work on the dock 6 month and then they will send you to one of their schools. they cover your motel and pay you 40 hrs. a week while in school. I think the school last 5 or 6 weeks.
     
  11. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Wings Over the World!

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    GREETINGS Handyhammer and WELCOME to TruckingBoards!!
    --seems many of US forget that little compassionate gesture--

    Are you self financing your Training School or through assistance??

    WHAT specific "Training" are you seeking after schooling?

    Dry Van
    Refrigerated or Reefer
    Tanker--Milk, Fuel, other.
    Flatbed
    Covered Wagon-- hauling Coils, other steel stuff and other stuff needing securement and cover--like those that run around Michigan with up to and beyond 42 wheels and payloads up to 150,000 pounds.
    Container hauling
    Lowboy--construction/oversize equipment hauling
    Auto hauler
    Pups, Doubles, Triples.
    Piggyback--one truck pulling 2 or 3 trucks.

    There are many options as just saying "What are the odds of getting a local training job" doesn't clearly define objective(s).
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    This post is another "compassionate gesture".
    CHEERS!!!
     
  12. 20_yrs_2_go

    20_yrs_2_go Well-Known Member

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    A regional or otr company will have more training then local if you don't mind spending nights with the trainer during the week. There are not too many local jobs where a trainer will be riding shotgun until you can do the job on your own.
     

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