Becoming a Driver?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by kmk42019, Dec 15, 2006.

  1. kmk42019

    kmk42019 New Member

    Right now Ive been at UPS for 3 weeks as a seasonal package handler during the preload shift. I was thinking about making a career as a UPS driver. What is the process, pay, and work like for a driver at UPS?
  2. The Brown Santa

    The Brown Santa Ping Pong Ball

    In my hub, it's a ten year wait to get on the road....
  3. disneyworld

    disneyworld Active Member

    I'm sure the so called wait list is only assuming every person they put on road doesn't quit. If I had to guess I would say 3 out of 10 make it. Not everyone can handle it.
  4. speeddemon

    speeddemon Guest

    Took me 6.5 years to get there.
  5. browniehound

    browniehound Well-Known Member

    Now that's a loaded question!:w00t: It all depends on your education and threshold for pain.

    Here's my situation. I went to college and got a BA degree and soon decided I didn't want to pursue a career in my field. I actually discovered this in school but thought I should finish my degree. My plan was to get a part-time job at UPS for benefits and the flexible hours in regards to the 4 shifts that were availible that I could work. I was planning on going back for my masters in a different field.

    About 5 months into my part-time job the first 22.3 (combo jobs) were created and I secured one. I did this for 6 months and a full-time driving job landed in my lap. Here I am, not even with 11 months seniority and I'm a full-time driver! We'll needless to say, UPS pays its package-car drivers more money than most entry-level, college degree requiring jobs.

    So I stayed, always with the plan to move on someday. That was in 1999. While there are days when I hate my job (mostly because I'm physically hurting), I generally do enjoy it and have experienced much worse. I like the people I work with(drivers and management).

    Now, if you're a preloader working part-time while you go to college to become an investment banker(read: filthy rich), I'd think your nuts to want to make a career here. But if, you only have a H.S. diploma, then I think this is probably the best place in the world to work.

    Even though I have a college education to fall back on, I fear losing my job at UPS. You asked about pay. For example, I could be a school teacher and make $40,000 per year or work at UPS and make $70,000 (granted teachers are more respected and only work 6 hours a day!). I choose UPS for the time being. Whatever you end up doing, good luck.