Becoming a Feeder Driver

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by DatBoyDack, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. DatBoyDack

    DatBoyDack New Member

    Im 18 and I want to be a feeder driver in the future at ups. I was wondering do I have drive package cars before I am able to drive feeders? Should I get my CDL?
  2. Hadjabear

    Hadjabear Member

    Depends on the building, mine takes FT without 1 year safe driving so the allows combo guys, PT with CDL are also being taken. Best thing to do is go FT asap.
  3. MattM

    MattM Active Member

    It’s all area specific

    Around my parts , 15-20 years service.
    Become a driver. Gain a ton of seniority.

    Even becoming a FT driver is tough.
    Baby steps. A CDL ahead of time will not hurt or help you any further than another guy who started a day ahead of you. He’ll have the seniority over you.

    We just had a guy who’s been with us 20 yrs PT Join the feeder ranks. Being FT may be better than just a cover guy/air. But generally it can take decades.
    They do hire off the street feeder drivers for seasonal work. And those do require a CDL. I’m not sure if those guys are retained and kept as feeder drivers though.
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  4. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Gotta be 25 to drive feeders in my area, pretty sure it's the same in most others as well.
  5. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member

    Age 21 isn't it? Pkg or feeder. To the OP: no you don't have to drive pkg first. Yes, get your CDL from

    UPS or otherwise. Keep a clean driving record and be ready. NEVER pass up any opportunity

    that comes your way at UPS. Door opens, go through it. This SOP has worked well for me....

    for 40 years. There are exceptions to all of this.
  6. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    21 here.
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    Feeder is 25.
  8. Yeet

    Yeet Inbound, turnaround, go to town

    Maybe in your area. A good buddy of mine just came up and he just turned 21.
  9. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    18 huh, so young and full . Goodluck .
  10. burrheadd

    burrheadd KING Of GIFS

    40 years
    You got a pack of ex wives or what
  11. Dough99

    Dough99 Member

    Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  12. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    My area you have to driver FT package for a year before going into feeder.
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    So you DO have to know how to deliver 'em to know how to bring a whole bunch of 'em from hub to center?
  14. DatBoyDack

    DatBoyDack New Member

    I work in a Maryland hub. And what are the odds I get accepted if I have a CDL by the time I am 21?
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    Driving school costs about $5K. Save your money, bide your time, let the company pay for your training.
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  16. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Pretty slim, being that both Maryland hubs have the age 25 requirement. They can waive it if they need drivers and no one 25+ signs the list so there's a small chance.
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    You don't normally see the words slim and feeder driver used in the same sentence.
  18. oldupsman

    oldupsman Well-Known Member

    Does your area hire off the street feeder drivers? Just curious.
  19. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    I'm sure we can but I can't tell you for sure if we have. I can tell you we have classification sonority. We only have about 70 feeder positions though.
  20. FutureUPSFeeder

    FutureUPSFeeder New Member

    I am coming off the street even if it kills me