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Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Roehl Flatbed

Anyone on here a current Roehl skateboarder? I got an offer from them to get on their Flatbed National division and I'm very interested. But I want to make sure it's worth getting out of my orange truck for. I'm getting 2500 plus miles a week now and would like to see that in the future if I decide to come over to Roehl. But their benefits are much nicer than what I get now, and the ability to take the truck to the house instead of parking 50 miles away seems nice too. And now I'm out 21+ days at a time where Roehl would get me home after 11-14. Any input? I'd appreciate it!

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Start orientation at Schneider Green Bay tomorrow.

After a little bit of stress yesterday, I got my driver number today! I got really great remarks from my instructor as well. So far, I feel really great about the way things are going here at Schneider. I'll keep ya posted!

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Start orientation at Schneider Green Bay tomorrow.

Well, after breezing thru truck driver school, with the help of the High Road Training Program, I am in my hotel room in Green Bay awaiting orientation tomorrow. I'm very eager to get going with this, and am still a little shocked that it's really happening. So, wish me luck! If anyone has any good advice, I'm all ears. Thanks TruckingTruth!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Trucking Truth CDL Training?

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I was just showing the President of the school I'm at your program. I must say, he was thoroughly impressed. It definitely is the reason I easily passed my written exams!

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Hey congrats on passing the exams and thanks a ton for showing it off like that!

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No problem! Thank you for the work you've put into the program. I'd have to say that it's the most comprehensive training program ive found online yet. It seemed the people at my school agreed!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Trucking Truth CDL Training?

I was just showing the President of the school I'm at your program. I must say, he was thoroughly impressed. It definitely is the reason I easily passed my written exams!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Schneider, Melton, Western Express, and more!

I have asked a few questions, and received alot of great feedback. Thank you! I used The High Road training program and passed my written tests to get my permit today! So, Schneider gave me a prehire, Melton said they wanna talk when I start school, Western Express gave me a prehire, and some others. I told them all about my checkered past, and they all pretty much say since it's been 10 years in July, that it shouldn't matter. Thanks for all the help guys! I can't wait to hit the road and make some dough!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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I got a 3 month medical card....

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I'm looking into going to Pinnacle Truck Driver Training in Cadillac, Mi. I was gonna go to Prime, the Cr England, but I feel like those are too much of a risk to quit my current job. My last post asked about getting on somewhere with a criminal record and it seems that's not a huge deal with it being 10 years old this coming July. My new concern is this, I am type 2 diabetic and got a 3 month medical card at my physical today. Will anyone take me on knowing that I have to come back in 90 days to get an extension?

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(forgive me if this has been answered on another thread) - this is NON-INSULIN DEPENDENT TYPE-II, right?

You should have gotten a 1 year card - if there were no other "precluding conditions". Did you bring your medical records and a letter from your doctor stating that you condition was stable and managed?

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Sorry. Not insulin dependant. They looked up my last a1c and it was high because I wasn't on my meds due to my previous meds giving me stomach issues that made it almost impossible to work. My sugars are lower now so I'm not worried about it not getting extended, I'm worried about getting hired with a 3 month card.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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I got a 3 month medical card....

I should also mention that I have a phone interview with Schneider next week. They're aware of my criminal record, so I'll ask about the med card then.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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I got a 3 month medical card....

I'm looking into going to Pinnacle Truck Driver Training in Cadillac, Mi. I was gonna go to Prime, the Cr England, but I feel like those are too much of a risk to quit my current job. My last post asked about getting on somewhere with a criminal record and it seems that's not a huge deal with it being 10 years old this coming July. My new concern is this, I am type 2 diabetic and got a 3 month medical card at my physical today. Will anyone take me on knowing that I have to come back in 90 days to get an extension?

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Worried about Prime orientation

Ok, so today I talked to CR England. They ran my criminal record and we're good with it. Even went to the secondary approval and was approved. They offered me a position and signed me up for a school that they are contracted with As they don't have their own where I live. So, I'm scheduled to leave on the 16th. Anyone been through their orientation and can give me some insight? The recruiter says I'm hired as long as I pass the school and get my cdl. Is it really that easy, or is my criminal stuff gonna come up again? Again, I'm just real nervous about quitting my job and getting screwed.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Worried about Prime orientation

Wow, that's a great reply! Thank you. I'm definitely interested and am mostly comfortable with going. I just don't wanna screw it up and cause my family any more hard times. What type of doctor notes are you saying that I should get?

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Worried about Prime orientation

Depends on how criminal your "over 10 year old criminal past" was. Usually - over 7 and you're fine. They like you to be able to obtain a TWIC Card and HazMat endorsement though (I'm not 100% sure if not being able to get one precludes employment). So you might want to check on the TWIC website - just google: TWIC Disqualifying Offenses.

But a a lot depends on just HOW BAD YOU WERE - though 10 years with a SPARKLY CLEAN RECORD and you should be OK - again - depending on just what you were convicted of.

As far as Type II - Non-Insulin Diabetes - FMCSA DOT Medical - Diabetes - FMCSA advises re-certifying every year (1 year medical card). A LETTER FROM YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN advising that your diabetes is being managed with ORAL MEDICATION ONLY, and perhaps recent blood work showing your A1C and Fasting Sugar should be sufficient.

Which brings up BMI (body mass index) and Sleep Apnea Testing. Prime Recruiter told me a BMI of 39 and/or Neck Circumference of 17" or more is going to trigger a sleep apnea red flag (resulting in them sending you for a sleep study). If you are found to have apnea, you will be required to purchase a CPAP machine and use it (also gets you only a 1 year medical card). Members here say that 3.4 is the "magic BMI number" - the recruiter I spoke with swears it's 39.

I mention this, because Type-II is a frequent malady of "overweight people" (ask me how I know). So if you are overweight - you might want to google "BMI Calculator" - and see if you are going to throw up another "red flag", come time for your company physical.

I used to be 5'5"/300lbs - and was on my way to "the needle" (with a 6.5 A1C). I dropped a bunch of weight, watch my carb intake - and my A1C's are normal (5.4). In fact - dropping down to 190lbs - got me off ALL the meds (blood pressure, oral diabetes & cholesterol).

If you have a high A1C, you may have the needle in your future.

While you CAN get an waiver from FMSCA. Information on FMCSA Insulin Diabetes Waiver from The American Diabetes Association

So - based on what I've elaborated here - you may be able to get some more information on "potential hurdles" to you employment. NONE appear to be insurmountable - but the key is to BE HONEST.

Rick

The recruiter said they go 7 years from the date you're off probation witch will be 2 days from when I could leave. I haven't been in any trouble since. I did put on my app that it was a misdemeanor because I thought it was. It came back felony but she still gave me the invite. There is a story behind why it came back that way, but I'm sure no one wants to hear that . My a1c has been high but it's been steadily coming down and I'm scheduled for another one at the end of feb. My BMi is 35, and my neck is 16.5 as of today lol. I can't think of anything that would screw me up. I'm just nervous as heck about quitting my job and getting screwed.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Worried about Prime orientation

I am penciled in to attend orientation at Prime in March. I have a criminal past that is almost 10 years old. The recruiter says 7 years is their standard. I'm also a type 2 diabetic controlled by pills. No insulin. I'm concerned about quitting my job, going to their orientation, and being turned back if I forgot a detail or if their Dr doesn't like my medical stuff. What type of info do they request from my Dr? I have always dreamed of being an OTR driver ,even spending weeks on the road with some friends who drive. I'm just having a hard time making the final decision to go. Does the recruiter saying I'm in carry mush water? Any insight would be super appreciated! Thanks!

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