Union or Non-Union Career?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by illegalcourier, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Been working for UPS P/T while attending school. Don't know how to drive a manual transmission. Really want to grow with the company and enjoy my situation here.

    What are good jobs at UPS I can reasonably make a career of? Or maybe, what route would you recommend a 23 year old college student pursue?

    (Considering learning manual, obtaining a class-A license, or doing something else?).
  2. Mike hunt

    Mike hunt Guest

    Feeders is the best job on your body. You will also make a good living.
  3. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Have you considered a masters in European Art History. Growing field with a lot of openings.
  4. Harry Manback

    Harry Manback Robot Extraordinaire

    Totally agree.

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    Man up and learn to drive manual !!!!

    I've been driving for 15 years and I actually learned by reading on the internet (knew no one with a manual trans.). Had no idea to drive it before then.
    It's not hard and not an excuse.
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  6. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

    Don't go into management. Just suck it up be a driver, make good money, be miserable, then move to feeders, make a lot of money and be happy. It's not hard to learn how to drive a manual.
  7. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I started both my kids on a 91 Ranger 4 L 5 speed. Daughter not so well. The boy is still driving it.
  8. I want to learn manual.

    How much time does it reasonably take a person to become proficient and confident enough to pass a UPS driver test?

    If I can comfortably drive a manual sedan, would I feel confident driving a UPS truck?
  9. UPS4Life

    UPS4Life Active Member

    I wouldn't go Into package car unless you have to. With the way ups has been hiring people he should be able to go directly into feeders depending on where he is located in the country.

    Also you can drive a sedan can you drive a truck? No but you understand the shifting concept. I'm not saying it won't come easy or hard because everyone is different. You have to feel comfortable driving a larger vehicle and multitasking doing all UPS's drills while driving.

    If your going feeder honestly the best way to practice backing like to under stand the concept. If you have a riding lawn mower with a wagon and practice going backwards. Not necessarily turning but just when the wagon starts to move how do you straighten it back out.

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  10. Might have to skip a college semester, and obtain my class A license from a legit driving school?
  11. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Once you get that thick long hard stick in your hand you'll never want to put it down.
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    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    Oh Boy !!! 4th gear on this right turn is going to get awkward...........................................Damn, those Europeans !!!!
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  13. Shifting Contents

    Shifting Contents Most Help Needed

    Don't antagonize him! Or encourage!
  14. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Who wants to bet that I can shift with no hands ?

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    Damn you Inde lol
    You're the only guy I know with a 3 seat coupe !!!!!
  16. Gumby

    Gumby *

    I will stick to,an automatic.
  17. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Oh Inde....you are one funny guy!
  18. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Can you shift with out pressing the clutch?
  19. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    The time frame to become proficient enough on a manual to pass a UPS driving varies greatly depending on the person. Some people pick things up vary quickly other people no so quickly.

    It will hep you if you can comfortably drive an manual car. However driving a sedan and a package car aren't the same. There is a lot more car to control when driving a UPS package car then driving a sedan. You have to be able to safely control the vehicle being able to shift through the gears is only part of it.
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  20. Thanks for your response. Quite set on learning manual transmission.

    Must also gain comfort behind the wheel of a larger vehicle in order to pass the road test, and remain safe on the road granted I pass.