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UpShift's Comment
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Been awhile since I've posted. I've been TNT since 11/01/16. Just over 3-months with the same trainer as a PSD. The road during TNT has been long and ready to move on. Probably logged more than 50k miles since starting PSD. Winter driving included. No accidents or speeding tickets. I'll post more about TNT soon.

Headed back to Sprimo now. FM is aware of upgrade and routed us back. Thursday will be the first full day I'll be there. Hate to waste these next few days if classes start on Monday.

Anyone know the process to check-in when I get there for upgrading and get scheduled for classes? Go to campus inn 1st talk to staff? Check-in at sim lab and let them know I'm ready for upgrade?

I know this is crazy. But, I want to request another FM. Trying to find out if the school staff can assist.

Fm:

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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If your trainer was lease and you go company you WILL have a different FM. When u check into campus they will give you a schedule.

You have to do a bunch of CBTs, the FM needs to schedule you for the former Smith Class now called "Prime Certified Driving Course". It will take a whole morning of videos and sim and they pay you $100 plus lunch.

After that you take a backing test on SIM. Then go to success leasing and get assigned a truck.

There are " optional" company classes for both reefer and flatbed which I highly recommend.

Your packet will include the list of items you need for your truck...but you can't buy / pick them up until you know the truck number.

Once u get the truck...fill out the worksheet of every scratch, dent, or hole..do a thorough inspection and have the tractor shop make any repairs.

You'll get assigned a FM. Mine is Matt Roemen. Awesome guy.

Fm:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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And....

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Holy Cow. You Primates have more acronyms than the Military. TNT , PSD , CBT, PCDC, SIM, SPRIMO........WTF, you guys are killin me. Do you have a super secret handshake too!?

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PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

BillTheSlink's Comment
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Reminds me the of the little blue rituial book I had to study and memorize as an officer in the Freemasons. Humm, could Prime have taken them over and now they are in charge of "The New World Order?" confused.gifrofl-3.gif

Tractor Man's Comment
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Reminds me the of the little blue rituial book I had to study and memorize as an officer in the Freemasons. Humm, could Prime have taken them over and now they are in charge of "The New World Order?" confused.gifrofl-3.gif

Could be. As referenced in another post, it seems Rainy and Vlad Putin may have a "thing" going on! Now the Russians appear to have taken on the American Trucking Industry!

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Old School's Comment
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Do you have a super secret handshake too!?

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You'll never know Tractor Man. That's a highly guarded secret. To this day, drivers who have left Prime and gone on to be Swifties have mysteriously disappeared each time they get within 250 miles of Sprimo.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Tractor Man's Comment
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You'll never know Tractor Man. That's a highly guarded secret. To this day, drivers who have left Prime and gone on to be Swifties have mysteriously disappeared each time they get within 250 miles of Sprimo.

Now that's funny!

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SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You wouldn't believe the postal acronyms. And they even had a "war room" and a "situation room"... Our shifts were called " tour of duty"... And temporary positions were TDY like military.

Oh and we had this screwed up 100 unit time clock...not 60min..but 100 units. So clocking in at 12:08. Was really five minutes past noon.... 12:75/was really 12:45

weirdness.

Funny u recognized the acronyms tho....maybe I'll bring you to the purple side (get it..prime purple) lol

Diver Driver's Comment
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Holy Cow. You Primates have more acronyms than the Military. TNT , PSD , CBT, PCDC, SIM, SPRIMO........WTF, you guys are killin me. Do you have a super secret handshake too!?

rofl-1.gif

I'd show you, but then I'd have to kill you. rofl-2.gifsmile.gif

Congrats on the upgrade !

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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