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Truc K.'s Comment
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Hello and nice to meet you all. I've been lurking in the forums for a while now. The information I can get from this site is excellent. I'm happy that there's a place like this, for newbies and vets alike, to share experiences of being a trucker. Thank you! I'm planning on driving for Werner and I was looking at the hair follicle vs ua company breakdown list... Werner hasn't been updated since January 2015... would anyone who has recently gone through their orientation be kind enough to tell me what type of drug screening they are doing?

Thanks!

Brian 's Comment
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Went through it last November, just urine at that time, but can always change.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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I went through it in March of this year and it was still a UA. As far as I know, it has not changed.

Truc K.'s Comment
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Thank you Brian and Miracle. Your replies are much appreciated. Drive safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Raz's Comment
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As of October 6, 2015 Ua only Only suggestion I have is take more clothing. Pants get dirty fast and laundry is few and far between Good luck

Truc K.'s Comment
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Awesome! Thanks Raz!

BTW, have you finished training? How was/is your experience?

Raz's Comment
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In my case the orientation was over in a flash . Two days of classroom learning basics of trip planning , Qualcomm , benefits and other stuff. Then couple days doing online tests, simulators, and then a driving skills test . The skills test is not pass or fail, just an evaluation. I was all done on day five and thinking i would be sitting around awhile waiting for a trainer. By Friday evening I was in a truck and heading out for Salt Lake City . First few days u drive only 5 hours. After that you are full clock , but not allowed to dive from midnite to 6 am. You will be with the trainer for bout 270 driving hours . Biggest issue I have is the lack of real training. My 90 backing skills suck and my trainer is leaving it up to me to figure out. My trainer admits his main reason for teaching is the $$ He is getting paid for the miles I drive. He is not getting paid to teach me anything I knew it would be difficult, but thought I would learn more techniques

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
G-Town's Comment
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In my case the orientation was over in a flash . Two days of classroom learning basics of trip planning , Qualcomm , benefits and other stuff. Then couple days doing online tests, simulators, and then a driving skills test . The skills test is not pass or fail, just an evaluation. I was all done on day five and thinking i would be sitting around awhile waiting for a trainer. By Friday evening I was in a truck and heading out for Salt Lake City . First few days u drive only 5 hours. After that you are full clock , but not allowed to dive from midnite to 6 am. You will be with the trainer for bout 270 driving hours . Biggest issue I have is the lack of real training. My 90 backing skills suck and my trainer is leaving it up to me to figure out. My trainer admits his main reason for teaching is the $$ He is getting paid for the miles I drive. He is not getting paid to teach me anything I knew it would be difficult, but thought I would learn more techniques

If this situation becomes really difficult and ridiculous, you can request a new trainer. He is not doing his job and is foolish for letting you "sink or swim"!!!

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Raz's Comment
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I understand where u are coming from But will give it another week

Lynn V., Unwritten's Comment
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This is for Brian from Forest Lake - Hi my name is Lynn and I'm from North Branch. I'm currently in CDL school and leaning towards a career with Werner. Are you currently with them? And if you are, would you care to share some of your experience with them here. Be safe driver.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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