Train thoroughly and start earning quickly
You got a solid foundation in truck driving school, but Schneider’s orientation will make you one of the best, safest drivers on the road. We’ve earned our reputation for high-quality training and our commitment to safety. You’ll see why when you find your perfect driving job, schedule an orientation start date and hit the road as a Schneider driver.
Inexperienced driver orientation schedule and pay
The length of orientation for inexperienced drivers depends on what kind of freight you’ll be hauling and can vary depending on your needs, but here is what you can generally expect from training:
- Van Truckload – Three weeks.
- Intermodal – Three-and-a-half weeks.
- Tanker – Five weeks.
- Dedicated – Based on account-specific requirements.
Drivers are paid to attend and complete orientation, and pay rates vary by driving opportunity. Please talk to a recruiter (800-44-PRIDE or live chat) for specifics.
How to prepare for inexperienced driver orientation
Transitioning out of driving school doesn’t have to be difficult. Our recruiting, training and operations teams work together to make the process easier for you. Plus, orientation begins on a weekly basis, meaning you can pick a start date that works best for you without having to wait long.
What you’ll do during inexperienced driver orientation
We’ll take the skills you learned in driving school to the next level by putting them in a real-world context. Here’s what to expect from orientation:
Learn what the day in the life of a Schneider driver is like, including how to use our tablets, log correctly within our systems, make the most of our benefits, work with maintenance and more.
In-truck and in-simulator time
We’ll check and strengthen the skills you learned in CDL training, introduce a few more, practice in the yard and on local roads and highways, and make sure you’re comfortable and safe behind the wheel.
During this part of orientation, you will go out on the road with an experienced training engineer. You will haul loads, do the work that you’ll be doing as a driver and learn the day-to-day life of a truck driver. Your training engineer will be in the passenger seat to answer all the questions you may have.
Pre-work screenMost positions don’t require this anymore due to equipment upgrades and customer delivery improvements, but for our more physically demanding jobs, we’ll do a quick assessment to make sure you can do the work. Learn more about what to expect during a pre-work screen.
Ongoing training initiatives to help you grow
Our investment in your safety and success doesn’t stop once orientation ends. Schneider drivers continue to learn through quarterly video training they can do anywhere via their convenient driver tablet. Plus, you can expand your learning even further by taking part in optional skill refresher courses.
Inexperienced driver orientation testimonials
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