Best way to become a delivery driver

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by Jake, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. Jake

    Jake New Member

    What's the best plan to become a Delivery Driver for FedEx or UPS? It's been my dream to do that job at least once. I'm 18 now and was hired at FedEx a while ago as a package handler. I'd like to stay within FedEx and get a job as a ground driver or an express driver however both those jobs require you to have some sort of commercial driving experience and 1 year of commercial driving experience. So what's the best way to become a driver for either company?
     
  2. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    I don't know if you really need a year of commercial driving experience with Express. I was hired straight off the street and thrown into a W700.

    From what I hear, UPS is hiring off the street at a lot of locations right now as their workforce is starting to get up there in age. I would recommend pursuing that route before trying to become a courier for any FedEx division as you will make out better in the long run with UPS.
     
  3. MAKAVELI

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    You'll have to be 21 to drive at either company so you have to put in some time anyway as a handler . As young as you are I would definitely go with UPS.
     
  4. Nolimitz

    Nolimitz Active Member

    Yup 21 min. And go UPS. $$$$$$$.
     
  5. TheJackal

    TheJackal Active Member

    You don't need any commercial driving experience to drive at Express and, I read somewhere on here, UPS is not hiring 'off the street' anymore.
     
  6. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    If you are set on either as a CAREER... head over to UPS as a handler for 3years or whatever it takes to get to 21... FedEx is not a CAREER job anymore, you'll make 2.5 times at UPS in just the first year.. after you top out at UPS you'll make 3-4times what you'll make at FEDEX.
    Top out at FedEx at current rates 30+ years(to make what is current top out 22-25/hr)
    Top out at UPS 3yrs someone correct me around $29-34/hr
     
  7. idrivethetruck

    idrivethetruck Slow & steady wins the race.

    I think the last contract changed the UPS new-hire progression to 4 years at around $34/hr max.
     
  8. Route 66

    Route 66 Flacid Member

    Now that is one odd dream....
     
  9. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Don't even waste your time with FEDEX youngblood. If you want a career with a pension, good benefits and opportunity to make 75 to 100k then roll over to BIG BROWN.
     
  10. idrivethetruck

    idrivethetruck Slow & steady wins the race.

    This is not true either. Our building hired quite a few temp "off the street" drivers for peak season this year. Many of them will become full-time sometime this next year.
    90k+ for the 6th year in a row for me as a full time UPS driver. This job sucks quite a lot of the time, but it has allowed me to send both of my kids to college and still live a good life. My neighbor drives for FedEx and his daughter goes to the local community college because they can't afford to send her to a university.
     
  11. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Hey sonny, don't go into this line of work period. You're only 18, go to college and get a degree in anything. Study worm :censored2: or something. That would be better by far. I would recommend staying away from any job at Fedex. If you are able, stay away from this industry in general.
     
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  12. Route 66

    Route 66 Flacid Member

    ^ Best advice right there ^
     
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  13. TheJackal

    TheJackal Active Member

    Agreed. find something you like to do and find a field you can do it in.
     
  14. Just Numbers

    Just Numbers Retired

    Not all part timers that bid on a driving job actually qualify...nothing is guaranteed.
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Top rate at the end of the 4 years will be closer to $36/hr.

    Our mall driver is within a month of ending his progression and can't wait for the $11/hr bump in pay.
     
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    ....other than death and taxes....
     
  17. Jake

    Jake New Member

    All good words guys. However I am going to college, plan to finish at a university and do have a career path in mind for something not related to this industry. This was a DREAM and I do not intend to do it forever. I simply want to be able to live on my own when I turn 21... So far as a package handler at FedEx I love it.
     
  18. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Then enjoy it until you finish school and don't fall into the trap too many have, and stay.
     
  19. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    Just make sure to not get drawn in by the money (not that FedEx is all that much). Happened to me. Finished school, couldn't find a job in my field, applied at FedEx and started making the first "real" money in my life. Blinked and now I've been here almost 15 years.
     
  20. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    I've seen it happen many times over.
     
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