Curious - Time From Initial Employ to FT Driver

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by But Benefits Are Great!, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. But Benefits Are Great!

    But Benefits Are Great! Just Words On A Screen

    Serious Question.

    For those who became employed with UPS for the purpose of eventually becomming a FT driver, how long did it take you to get that position?

    Any tips? (I was going to say "shortcuts" but that is just not the right word.)

    Been there a week myself, starting Saturday delivery at two weeks. Passed ALL online (UPS Intranet) tests in my first week.
  2. Jack4343

    Jack4343 FT DR Specialist

    I'm at 6 1/2 years and counting. Average wait in my center is 8-10 years. It varies considerably from center to center. Hubs in growing areas usually have a shorter wait time as well as rural hubs. Stagnant areas or large urban hubs usually have a long wait. I'm at one of those hubs. I've been a cover driver for 4 years and started Saturday air over 5 years ago.
  3. outamyway

    outamyway New Member

    4 months. But it will depend mostly on your center and area. More growth means potentially more routes, and more opportunities.
  4. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    8 1/2 years.
  5. But Benefits Are Great!

    But Benefits Are Great! Just Words On A Screen

    8 1/2 years? I'm hoping to be dead by then
  6. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    I was told 4 to 5 years...The hub average was 3 years...Took me 7 years...That was one lie I wish I didn't fall for.
  7. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    5 years to F/T in a small center, '06.
  8. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

    4-8 years in my center depending on if those old timers will ever retire. And the economy. You have to determine if it is worth the wait. I knew I had an 8 year wait ahead of me, but I knew this is what I wanted to do. As a female, there are not too many blue-collar jobs that pay these type wages. Plus, I am a fool for men in uniforms. And every morning, I get to see a ton of guys in uniforms. I guess you might call this an "unpaid benefit."
  9. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    helen, I'm blushing :blushing:
  10. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    current wait in my small center is probably 3-4 years. This center has had every sort of wait from less than a year to near 10 yeras.

    Depends on the growth in your area and how many drivers are near retirement.
  11. Braveheart

    Braveheart New Member

    All the guys I started with took 6-8 years. There are some recently that got there in like 3-4 years. This economy will make that longer.
  12. New Englander

    New Englander New Member

    I came as a seasonal and made it through in less then a year.

    There is SO much variance in area's that you will not get any answer that will give you a true idea as to your location.
  13. bellesotico

    bellesotico BOXstar

    Same scenario where I am.
    Although I've had different people make comments to me that the wait wouldn't be even that long because I'm already on the road.
    Personally, I like driving just one day. I think one of the misconceptions that people have is that FT driving is cake. Honestly..I don't see how some of them do
  14. over10.5

    over10.5 Member

    6.5 years, Im glad I started when I was young!
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    11 months back in 1989.
  16. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

    3 and half
  17. bad company

    bad company semi-pro

    A little less than two years as part-time sup. Driving FT now, but at another center in the division.
  18. cino321

    cino321 Active Member

    Two years.
  19. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Best bet is to ask a local driver what the wait is..

    Where I was, was 6 months, preload to driver school.
    But where I was training was a 3-4 year wait
    and they had 8 centers under one roof..
  20. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I'll bet if you did a search, you would find your question asked and answered.

    Several times.