How long did it take you to make Driver?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by shadowsolution, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. shadowsolution

    shadowsolution New Member

    Im just curious to all you Drivers out there how long it took you to make Driver from working part time.
    at our facility its usually 2-4 years before you get to driver, i was curious what its like at other facility's
  2. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    2 1/2 years in 1986
  3. longlunchguy

    longlunchguy Runnin on Empty

    I was a preloader for4 yrs,. before I went driving. I work in a small center, during the year we have about 35 cars on the road. I think the wait varies, depending on where you are. Our buiding is so small that the only full time positions, besides mgmt, is to be a driver.
  4. faded jeans

    faded jeans just a member

    13 years
  5. wornoutupser

    wornoutupser Active Member

    13 months
  6. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    Eight years more than two decades ago. Now we have some at my current Hub that get on in a few weeks.
  7. Jlemansk

    Jlemansk Active Member

    Worked Christmas of 1988 as a temp and was hired fulltime in August of 1989. Was a huge gamble for me, because I was a home owner and wanted a career change. I was making good money as a manager at a locat grocery chain. However, after 9 years I was unhappy with my career.
  8. Harley Rider

    Harley Rider 30 yrs & counting

    Three months to get my seniority. I was hired off the street and went straight into driving. Not sure how it works now but back then you had to work 30 days within the first 90 days. After that you were full time. It did take me awhile to get on however......... about three years. My next door neighbor was the C/M's uncle. I badgered him every time I saw him and made numerous trips to the center before they finally hired me.
  9. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog Brown since 81

    worked 7 yrs on preload, small center, about 38 rts then, 30 now, more pkgs now:knockedout:
  10. Jack4343

    Jack4343 FT DR Specialist

    I'm still waiting to be a full-time driver. I am a cover driver with 6 1/2 years senority. I started Saturday air driving after 1 1/2 years and became a cover driver at 2 1/2 years. This is my 4th peak as a cover. The wait for full-time driver in our building is over 9 years. We have over 300 routes during the regular season and over 400 during peak. We have hundreds of in-building and combo full-time jobs in our hub. I think that after the new contract and reformed pension plan go into effect, we'll see over 30 feeder drivers retire as well as many drivers. They are just waiting for the pension and they are out. That'll move me up the ladder but I'm not sure if I'll get to full-time status next year. I'm hoping with my fingers and toes crossed.
  11. BrownPR215

    BrownPR215 What Can Brown Do To You!

    It took me almost two years. I was a part time air driver before I went full time. Now I'm #67 in my center, but here in Philly there are 4 centers that cover the city so thats close to 300 drivers all together.
  12. ikoi62

    ikoi62 Member

    30 days in 1986 :happy2:
  13. Pkgrunner

    Pkgrunner Service Provider

    13 months in '88 and at the time it was a one way deal, if one couldn't make it as a driver there was no going back to pt.
  14. Harley Rider

    Harley Rider 30 yrs & counting

    Now thats funny!
  15. Box_Junkie

    Box_Junkie Member

    took me 4.5 years on the preload, signed up as a summer vacation cover driver, then signed the perm. bid in Sept. that year.
  16. cino321

    cino321 Active Member

    Almost 2 1/2 years on the preload. Good Times.
  17. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    8 1/2 years.
  18. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    I guesstimate it will take me 4 years only because I started so young. But it helps cause I'll have seniority and be able to drive right off the bat.
  19. Dump and Run

    Dump and Run New Member

    5 years. I worked on the Twillight sort and drove Saturday air.
  20. jason67rs

    jason67rs New Member

    Four years on preload, than reg. temp. for another four before full time.