Going To Tractor Trailer Training....For Free!!! - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum

Big Rigs Over the road truckin' talk

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
RadarRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Smithfield, RI
Posts: 4,589
Thanks: 5
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Going To Tractor Trailer Training....For Free!!!

As some of you might know, I had been laid off by my union job & with the unemployment rate in RI, there are no jobs available in my union(Local 57 IUOE). There are a lot of members of my union that are sitting on the bench waiting for a job, & most of these guys have scabbed somewhere for another company just to make ends meet. I've been on unemployment for about 3 weeks now, & I decided instead of waiting for my union to find me a job, I've been wanting to get my Class A CDL for quite some time. I recently went to a so-called 'acredited' tractor trailer training school that has commercials all over TV & radio that claims they'll help you get your foot in the door with no problems. The school is about 12mi from my house. My wife & I went through a bunch of red tape to meet the finacial advisers & get the loan process going. They take a bunch of my info down, look @ my wife's & mine '07 taxes, & a couple of other things & they said they'll send us a letter in the mail letting us know if I've been approved for the loans. During this waiting period, I passed by another TTT school that I had no idea was even a school until my wife had told me a girl she work's with has a husband that's going to this place. We found out that his unemployment is going to pay for this school in full & he won't have to pay a dime out of pocket. I went down to this school to get some info on this, & it turns out this school is actually better than the one I'm trying to get into. The 1st school claims they're THE only acredited TTT school in New England, the class is 480hrs., & tuission is $7800. The 2nd school is 240hrs. but is mostly hands on with little classroom time, you get more seat time, tuission is $4500, & despite what the 1st school said, these guys are acredited too! I found out from some of the 1st school's students that they actually went to the 2nd school to get more seat time because they were clueless after only getting 15min of seat time. They also found the instructors from the 2nd school are more friendly & their rigs are in better condition. So I went & talked to the admin of the 2nd school & they got me all the info I needed. All I have to do now is get a background/driving record, talk to the unemployment counselor, & I'll be getting my Class A CDL for FREE!!! I cannot wait!

"HEAVY" 2001 F-250 XLT 4x4 EC SB:
TW 6pos chip, S&B CAI, Monster 4" exhaust w/ Power Elbow, Big Head WGA, Technicooler, ITP boost fooler, Gen 1 Wicked Wheel, Six-Gun Tuner, Optima Yellow Tops, AutoMeter(Boost, Trans, EGT), CCV mod, MTS TC, MTS valve body, Trans Tech performance rebuild kit, TransGo shift kit, Hornblasters 242 Shocker Train Horns.

RadarRider is offline  
post #2 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 07:52 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
szyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 3,540
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Sounds cool GOOD LUCK

Dale

99.5 F 350 Totaled
2000 F350 Lariate
CC
SB
4x4
4" turbo back
cold air. Zoodad
Banks big head
Wicked wheel
4" BDS lift. With Bilstein's
all brought together by TW
szyd is offline  
post #3 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 07:58 AM
Viking Heavy Diesel

 
Ryan Rønning's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Wasilla, AK
Posts: 20,729
Thanks: 8
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Sounds great, good luck with the school.

Project Frankenstein


1997 Ford F-350, Dually conversion, Cobra 29 LX CB, 12000 watt converter, All LED lights, TW tunes, 4" DP, Napa Intake and lots of running lights.

Quote:
Originally Posted by XPLOSIV View Post
Thanks. I'll give er a good wackin in the morning.
Ryan Rønning is offline  
post #4 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 08:06 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
d7rxr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hebron, In.
Posts: 750
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
This is the down time of the season on top of bad economy. Did you talk to you BA about transferring to another district? I've heard a lot of markets are still doing good.

James "Jamie" White

2005 F350 CC SB SRW LARIAT
Black on Gray
Avic Z3 w/rear cam
4" Rancho lift
35" BFG ATs
4" Silverline SS no cat
SCT x3
Banks Ram Air intake
Diamond Plate toolbox/fuel tank combo
Tons of SS trim.
d7rxr is offline  
post #5 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 08:36 AM
Emergency Services

 
19558077's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: W.V.
Posts: 1,671
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
good luck man. i wanted to be an over the road driver, but i dont like being away from home. wal-mart drivers get paid very well,if you have that opportunity
19558077 is offline  
post #6 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 08:46 AM
Infidel

 
TexasR.N.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,166
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Way to take the initiative and go out on your own! Good luck with the school hope all works out well for you and you have a job soon.
Craig

Remember Ft. Hood

And never forget who did it

Religion of peace my жопа


Quote:
Originally Posted by JK23112 View Post

Ah, we can lead a man to knowledge.....but we can't make him think.
TexasR.N. is offline  
post #7 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 08:48 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
strokerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 2,027
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
nice score, and can you pm me the name of the school and any other info you have

Thanks Ben

99 f350 reg cab 4x4 zf6 speed stock for now
strokerguy is offline  
post #8 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 08:53 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
ford_trck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Vail, AZ
Posts: 4,508
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to ford_trck
Hope it works for ya. I was looking to do this about this time last year when I lost my job but I didn't want to be away from the wife and kid for that long. I'm glad I waited because I found another job and now have my Class B CDL.

Early 99 F-350 CC LB 6-speed
Stock with mods

Quote:
Originally Posted by CloverLeafFarm View Post
Hey Ross, after talking with you i did some research and seems like you chose the right path to go, i knew you were a super genius!
Ross
ford_trck is offline  
post #9 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
RadarRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Smithfield, RI
Posts: 4,589
Thanks: 5
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thanks a lot, guys! I've been waiting for my window of opportunity & I've finally found it! I've wanted to be a trucker for quite some time & I can't believe I'm finally on my way! I'm ready to start another chapter in my life! Thanks for all the support & advice! It's all very much appreciated!

"HEAVY" 2001 F-250 XLT 4x4 EC SB:
TW 6pos chip, S&B CAI, Monster 4" exhaust w/ Power Elbow, Big Head WGA, Technicooler, ITP boost fooler, Gen 1 Wicked Wheel, Six-Gun Tuner, Optima Yellow Tops, AutoMeter(Boost, Trans, EGT), CCV mod, MTS TC, MTS valve body, Trans Tech performance rebuild kit, TransGo shift kit, Hornblasters 242 Shocker Train Horns.

RadarRider is offline  
post #10 of 40 Old 03-01-2009, 09:27 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Gear Jammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Concordville PA
Posts: 929
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to Gear Jammer
Not trying to be a di-khead. Get your CDL since you can for free but i would try to stick with the union job. Driving trucks is a dead end job. Go to truck driving forums like Truck Driving Jobs at Trucking Companies - ClassADrivers or Trucker's Dawg House. Alot of good info on them sites. I don't know how much money you are making now but 1st year truck driving is like 35-40k and then 2nd year can be 45-50k. You can top out at around 60k a year. That is peanuts when you are away from your family for weeks at a time and working 70+ hours a week. Just giving you my 2cents. Good luck in whatever you do.

CHIPS AND PROPANE ARE FOR BBQs!!!!!

Thank The Lord For A Big Block Ford


Gear Jammer is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome