New drivers, you got a solid foundation in truck driving school, but Schneider’s orientation will make you one of the best drivers on the road. We’re known throughout the trucking industry for high-quality training and a focus on safety.Watch the video
How to pack and other important things to know as you prepare for three weeks of trucking orientation.Watch the video
The Schneider trucking orientation schedule for new CDL holders is a three-week, three-phase process.Watch the video
The number-one thing that sets Schneider orientation apart is the quality of our training engineers.Watch the video
New CDL holders and driving school graduates go through a three-week, consecutive-day trucking orientation process. The first week will be at a Schneider training facility, the second will be out on the road and the third will be back at the training facility. You’l be paid for attending and completing the orientation sessions, but the amount may vary by driving opportunity. A recruiter (800-44-PRIDE) will be happy to tell you the amount for what position you're considering.
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The pre-work screen is one of the first things you’ll do at Schneider trucking orientation. This screen will assess whether you can safely perform the essential functions of truck driving. Upon passing the pre-work screen, you will proceed with your orientation.Watch the video
It won't take long to discover why Schneider is one of the best trucking companies to start with. The first phase of Schneider’s orientation for new CDL holders is a blend of classroom work, tractor simulator use and in-truck training.
After classroom learning and hands-on training, you will spend time on the road with a training engineer. In this over-the-road phase, you will actually drive the truck and do the work that you’ll be doing as a driver. Your training engineer will be in the passenger seat to observe, answer questions new drivers often ask and help set you up for success by sharing what they wished they knew as a new driver.
When you complete the training engineer phase of orientation, you’ll head back to your Schneider training facility for soft skills training. In addition to more behind-the-wheel training, you’ll go through a classroom portion that will teach you trip planning and introduce you to Schneider’s mobile communications platform, which includes electronic logging and truck route GPS navigation.
At the end of orientation, you’ll take your skills qualification test to prove that you are ready to start with one of the best trucking companies for new drivers. The test includes a pre-trip inspection, coupling/uncoupling procedure and a 15-20-mile road course. If you pass the test safely and feel confident in your abilities, it’s time to start racking up those miles.
Being one of the best trucking companies for new drivers means that at Schneider, training doesn’t stop when orientation ends. We will work with you throughout your career to keep you sharp and focused, regardless of your experience level. All drivers, including those who have been on the road for 30 years, go through continual training to refresh their skills.
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