Wil-Trans CDL Training Program

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Joe K.'s Comment
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Hi y'all! I started with Wil-Trans on July 17, 2017. So I am now 6 weeks into the program. Gotta say I am enjoying it. Wil-Trans has been upfront with me about everything. Everyone I have dealt with is very happy to bedeith the company. The class I started with had three people in it. We got lots of one on one with the three instructors. That was one of the reasons I applied with them. I passed my learners permit test first time and hit the road for OJT after one week. I got kinda lucky when my D seat trainers truck had to go back to the terminal in Springfield for some repairs and got the training pad to myself on Saturday and Sunday to do all the backing I could. Went back out for awhile longer, came back to the terminal for another weekend of backing and passed my CDL road exam with MoDOT on the first try. I am currently in my hometown picking up a load to go to south Florida. I don't get on forums much other than to read. I wanted to let future drivers know I have been having a good experience thus far. Please ask any questions you have and I'll try to answer the best I can. I'll update when I can. Y'all have a great day!

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Raz-is-Pretty's Comment
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Hi Joe K., Congrats on you starting your new career! Do you know if your company ALWAYS has classes that small, or were you just lucky?

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