My GYCDL Training Experience At Roehl

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Matthew B.'s Comment
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I've been going to the atlanta terminal for about 4 weeks, getting ready to test. I don't believe every terminal has the same medical requirements. I never had to do anything other then the CRT machine. No blood pressure test were done either.... I would just like to point out for anyone considering joining roehl, they are a good company. But don't get ur hopes up, its alot of hard work and keeping on task. Nothing comes easy !!! I went from never driving a manual transmission to almost shifting smoothly, even hauling a trailer in 3 weeks. Almost all of my days, consist of 10 and half hour days. As long as you are willing to work with the trainers, they will work and improve on you.

I test for my cdl soon and i feel prepared. These instructors never give up on anyone, even when you think they have, they surprise you with continued motivation. I will update as soon as i get my cdl.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Matthew wrote:

I don't believe every terminal has the same medical requirements. I never had to do anything other then the CRT machine. No blood pressure test were done either....

The medical exam is federally mandated by the FMCSA (DOT). It should be administered consistently no matter what company or terminal. You are required to fill-out a long form and then the physical begins. Which includes a blood pressure check.

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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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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.

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.

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.
Matthew B.'s Comment
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Yes it is sir and your are correct. Yet Roehl requires all applicants to have there medical forms/physicals completed before coming to training. The "van" training in atlanta does not require any more physical activity to be performed then the CRT. "No Blood pressure test, No squats, No carrying weights." A fellow member stated this on his diary, i was just making a clarification. One of my team members was under the wrong impression when he read the diary. I believe the "flatbed" training requires more physical activity. I was just clarifying this point.

G-Town's Comment
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Okay, so not to be confused with the DOT exam. That's why I responded the way I did.

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.

Matthew B.'s Comment
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No sir, DOT is required and should be done. I have two DOT medicals, i got one on my own consisting of just the urine test. Then roehl makes you do another one, with an addition of the hair follicle test.

Be sure to have a car with you during training if you are in the GYCDL program. The instructors will tell you to be there at 0630, because that is when class starts. The shuttle bus is for the other classes. Once you arrive to training on day one, you will be greeted by several different instructors. They have Experienced drivers, Phase Drivers (already have cdl) and GYCDL Drivers. After proper paperwork has been filled out, you and your newly met team members, go into the simulator room and undergo the CRT testing. Its basically a machine that measures resistance. The more you try harder the better the score. You must try hard, if you don't then you fail and they will send you packing. Once that test is complete then you go back to the classroom and watch a few more videos and receive more paperwork. As long as you do what you are told, there are no issues. Also i want to point out that there is alot of rumors over the meal vouchers and they are only for the phase and experienced drivers, since as of day one they are not employees. The GYCDL program however makes you and employee as of day one !! You will take your pics and receive your badge by day two or three as soon as corporate verifies rest of your info. Meals for GYCDL are provided by the hotel as continental breakfast and the terminal pays for bag lunches. Dinner is the only think you are responsible for.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Matthew, drug screen and DOT physical are two distinctly different things and usually administered separately.

Not trying to be argumentative, trying to make it clear for the thousands of people reading this forum.

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.

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.
Matthew B.'s Comment
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LMAO, roehl asks that everyone get a dot mandated physical and a non dot mandated hair follicle test. In SC where I am from, the dot test consist of a physical and a urine drug screen. The other tests is only mandated by the company.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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LMAO, roehl asks that everyone get a dot mandated physical and a non dot mandated hair follicle test. In SC where I am from, the dot test consist of a physical and a urine drug screen. The other tests is only mandated by the company.

Not sure what is so funny about my reply that you "Laughed Your A** Off". Care to explain?

All companies do the exact same thing as Roehl does; requiring a DOT physical and drug/alcohol screen (could be U/A or hair).

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.

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