If You Could Do It Over, What Would You Change?

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Veeblefetzer's Comment
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Hello, Today I signed up with Trucking Truth. Thank you for having me as a part of your community. I've already received a call from Jim Palmer and I also submitted my application to Alexandria Technical & Community College in Minnesota, utilizing the resources of Trucking Truth.

I'm in my late 40's and was laid off 1.5 months ago from the RV industry. Having managed service shops in that industry and also a Peterbilt shop, I've come to the conclusion that it's just not what I want to do anymore. As a younger man, I ran mobile tire service for outfits that catered to tractor trailer accounts. Other than that, my experience with trucking is limited yet I have a good grasp on what is entailed.

My wife and I have always worked towards the goal of owning our own business. Well we're still not even close. Driving and getting paid may be as close as some can get to being their own boss and their are several reasons beyond that, why I've chosen to obtain a Class A CDL.

So that was just a brief background and introduction to let you know where I've been and to help explore where I want to go, here are some brief thoughts:

I'd like to be home every night, so over the road may not be for me. That limits companies that are looking for people they are willing to pay to train. Besides that, I initially had more interest in people transportation, tour, city or school bus. As far as trucking, I think I'd like to stick to more local hauling, dumping and or plowing.

The technical college also provides forklift certifications as part of the professional truck driving course, which can be another great avenue of opportunity, as I am already experienced with warehouse and material handling. The course provides training for the endorsements needed for all of the above mentioned.

The tuition is not too big of a deal, although classes do not start until May. Being unemployed, I'd obviously like to get started sooner than later either way. So here are my questions. If you could do it over, what would you change? Would you enroll in a school or go for the contracted paid training?

Everyone has their own reasons for their decision. I'm asking because I'm interested in hearing diverse reasons I may have not considered.

Thank you for your time and my apologies if that was way too long winded.

Veeblefetzer

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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Since you are recently unemployed you should look into WIAO funding through the unemployment office. It may just be called WIO where you are. It should cover all of the tuition and testing. It's funded by your state.

JJ

Veeblefetzer's Comment
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Since you are recently unemployed you should look into WIAO funding through the unemployment office. It may just be called WIO where you are. It should cover all of the tuition and testing. It's funded by your state.

JJ

Thanks JJ, I just submitted the application today and there is the opportunity for financial aid. I believe I can discuss that once I meet with a staff advisor. I'll be sure to ask about WIAO or WIO.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Partagas's Comment
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Greetings Mr. Fetzer, or if I may be so bold as to call you Veeble. Minnesota has WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). A great source of info on that is your area Workforce Center. I believe your closest one is in Alexandria. Good luck in your future endeavors - Don (Big Lake, MN)

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

Veeblefetzer's Comment
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Greetings Mr. Fetzer, or if I may be so bold as to call you Veeble. Minnesota has WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). A great source of info on that is your area Workforce Center. I believe your closest one is in Alexandria. Good luck in your future endeavors - Don (Big Lake, MN)

Thanks Don, I'll be inquiring with the MN workforce center in Alexandria first thing in the morning. :-)

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

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