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Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

@the Persian conversion Solid!!! I haven't shown them a hint of displeasure but I haven't shown them I'm pleased about it either,lol. But I was going to go through with it anyway because I made this decision and chalked it up to "paying dues". So I completely dig what your saying, just wanted to know if this was new or has it been before(busing trainees to another state to do local runs before getting with an OTR trainer) but I'm up for the task, just thought it sounded odd.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

@doug

I can understand that but i wouldn't be sleeping there every night. With an OTR trainer, we'd be constantly moving(and making money in the process). I can't drive the truck, and there's nothing around me. But the question I proposed is has anyone heard of trainees being bused to another location under these circumstances. Or am I unreasonable in my thinking. I appreciate your response though.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

@errol I triple checked! They said they're sending me there because they can't find anyone to do over the road training. So with that said, what makes me think they'll have a OTR trainer in two weeks? And I wouldn't be sitting in a hotel room(I wish), I have to sleep in the sleeper berth at the truck stop.

@second chance I swear I thought that exact thing!!!

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

Ok I'm done with orientation and my driver advocate says to me " we're sending you to Kernersville, North Carolina" my first thought was "huh???" She said we simply don't have trainers here, so we're sending you to kernersville to do local runs with a trainer there.(mind you I want over the road driving) So she tells me I'll do local runs there with him and at night the trainer parks the truck at bills truck stop and you'll sleep there in the truck(sleeper berth) every night for two weeks until we can find you an over the road trainer... Now my contract says I have to do 10,000miles before I go solo in my own truck. But doing local runs seems like it'll take me forever to get them 10,000 miles done. And a friend of mine just got off the truck with this guy and says he likes to do all the driving! In two weeks she only has 1,100 miles under her belt... I'm not digging this whole process at all. Now I understand I have to pay my dues in this industry but this sounds crazy. Has anyone ever heard of this or am I unreasonable in my thinking?

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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My First Week at Celadon Indianapolis

@sweet potato Yea max is the best but you'll be happy to know that they switched up a few things(but my mostly everything on my post is the same except these two new things) on how they do the range now. Before it was a bunch of people vying for a spot to get in the truck. Now since they have so many people they switched up to giving out times in two hour increments. So it'll be a certain amount at one time then the next two hours another group comes out to the range. Second thing...They've also added 4 simulators to the classroom next to Max's class. So you'll get some practice on that. But im sorry to say you will do that safe start, in cab inspection, and air brake check verbally in front of everyone. But one tip from a guy who is headed to North Carolina tomorrow to do some local runs(check for my post on this in about 5 minutes) with a local trainer...study the H.E double hockey sticks outta that pre trip inspection. It's what's hurting most students when they go do the cdl test. Best of luck to you. Any specific question you can private message me and I'll be happy to answer.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Decisions...

Celadon doesn't do their own testing either....we had to go to Schneider to get the testing done. So all in all this is what I paid: DOT physical: $75.00(kept my receipt and celadon gave it back to me via a comcheck) CDL permit: $45.00 Actual CDL license: $20.00. Of all these they gave me back via a comcheck(I kept all the receipts). Whatever school/training you choose just be safe out on the road.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Decisions...

Oh and he cost of celadons training is $7,200 which they say you won't owe if you drive 120,000 miles for them. But you still will have to drive 10,000 miles with a trainer which doesn't count toward your 120,000...

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Decisions...

Celadon has no upfront cost, but you pay for your permit, and license when you get them. And I just learned that since Celdon has no trainers available, I'm about to be bused from here in Indianapolis, to kernersville(idk, never heard of it) North Carolina, to be paid 7.25hr while doing local runs with a trainer there? Really starting to regret my decision...

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Decisions...

Well TT, I felt celadon was ripping me off with this contract and having to wait so long for this and that. I got fed up and left...worse mistake I've made(besides the failed drug screen months ago)(passed 3 more after that too). The video we watched in orientation says "people think the grass is greener on the other side and it isn't". It was right. After hearing opinions of so many frustrated drivers(former) I decided to talk to current ones. What I found out was mind blowing. Celadon isn't so bad at all, and it's like this at almost every other big trucking company that trains students to become drivers for them. I saw this attitude take off with some of my friends. I had the right attitude but felt a little like celadon owed me more. Talking to current drivers put it into perspective for me. It's like anything you want in life, if you want it, you gotta go grab it, and hold on. I thought long and hard about this choice I made, and about those that came before me. Who am I to think I could change how a company does their thing. I had to man up and finish what I signed up for. I'm truly humbled now. This is what I want and I been thru so much to finally say, I have my CDL and job, so there's no way I'd give it up(some of us men and out foolish pride). Im now back at celadon waiting to do my star run(a night time drive that actually doesn't take place at night,lol), and then wait for a trainer. Celadon is having a hard time finding OTR trainers so most students are doing local runs for training. As for me, I'm cool with however the wind blows. I just want to be a safe and efficient driver. So for all those with a chip on their shoulder about how some of these training schools/companies are, most of the people on this site have been thru it as well. And they stayed the course and it's become fruitful. I think I'll just stay where I am and water my grass where it's at, and watch it grow.... TreeBark over and out..

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Celadon school on the air

Free is a 120,000 mile contract that you sign the first day....it's not a bad school but it's not everything they tell you it is either.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Celadon

I'm currently with Celadon and I'd have to agree with @DB I'm in orientation and I went thru the training program and it took me 8 weeks. I wasn't left behind and passed every test the first time(got a cool little hat and pin for it too!) but the contract is 120k miles. Teams are paid .21 cents all miles and solos are .18 cents per mile. EVERYTHING DB said is a spot on match!!! They have some dang good instructors who will make sure you know what your doing(either by repetitiveness or yelling at you in a constructive criticism type way, but nothing harsh). I was disappointed and considered leaving but I heard someone say "people always think the grass is always greener at another trucking company and it isn't, it's the same" I took that and ran with it. I go back this weekend to continue my last orientation day(my mother was hospitalized so I had to go be with her). It may not be the greenest grass, but I'll water it and make it be what I need it to be, you feel me?

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Serious question...

I have a choice to run reefer(no, not that kind lol) or dry van. I'm a newbie and have to choose as I'm about to go with a trainer. What's the difference besides one is a refrigerated trailer and the other is not? And I want to salute all the other Vets out there on the road and everywhere else. Thank you for your service.

Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Need help with 90' alley dock

@D B. I appreciate the reply and I'm in Indy now with celadon. I passed the 90 and the road test. I start orientation tomorrow.

Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Starting Pay For Schneider

Could be worse...you could be stuck in a contract with celadon making .18 a mile...Schneider sounding real good to me on this end(all of celadon trainees have to take the CDL test at Schneider and they even tho I was with celadon they actually tried to recruit me...I might have to call that number...)

Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Need help with 90' alley dock

Can anyone give me pointers for performing the 90' alley dock. I have to pass this maneuver to be hired on by the company(Celadon)(I guess passing the CDL test wasn't enough smh) I get that it's essentially a straight back, but almost jackknifing the truck and only being able to see on one side...is a bit much...oh and no they don't let us open the door(as someone once told me)

Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Finally....earned my license

Well Truckers, I'm proud to say I've earned my CDL class A. Some said I couldn't do it, it would take years etc etc. My status as of now is training on the 90' backing. When I pass this company test, I'll be heading to Celadons Orientation. Thanks to all who gave me a kind word along my up and down journey. I know it's just beginning but I also know the best is yet to come... hope to see you out there

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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My First Week at Celadon Indianapolis

So today ended my first week at Celadons training facilities in Indianapolis Indiana. Here's the run down. Overall, Not bad for a first week. Took a greyhound from Georgia and the ride was 19 hours long and a guy from Werner snored the entire ride.(what a way to start a trip lol) Arrived at the bus station in Indy and had to call the campus to arrange a ride. Ride came in 20 minutes. After a 20 minute ride we arrived at the campus only to be informed that the dorms(co-ed) had only two rooms open. So out of our group of 8 6 would be housed a few miles away at the motel(quality inn, double occupancy). Since I was the first one to call the dorm and arrange a ride, I got first choice of the room in the dorms. We were fed a light lunch and then the other were bused to to the hotel.(they would slowly trickle back to the dorms later on in the week as we lost students to failed physicals and some left to meet with their trainers) there is no curfew but you can't take any company to your room either. Visitors have to stay on the first floor only. The whole Building is new, 3 floors, elevator, full gym, weight room, workout room, multiple student lounges, cafeteria, and there dorm rooms are small but not cramped. Cable tv(they even have a channel that plays a correct Pre-trip inspection(done by Max) video all day and all night 24/7), and flat screen tvs. They feed you breakfast lunch and dinner, but if your expecting to eat good forget about it. The meals are free but they are meals fit for a ten year old. The students at the motel have hot continental breakfast but not here at Celadon. We get cereal, a bagel, muffin or a pop tart. You have to choose one, you can't get all of them. Lunch and dinner is a bit different, they serve small kid size pizzas or a hot/cold sandwich. Or you can get the other choice which is usually some type of Pasta or chicken and vegetables. Won't get you full but, you won't starve. They also have vending machines available 24/7. Now to the really important part...Class was a mix of students male and female of whom some had CDL permits and others did not. If you have a permit, your going to sit thru the entire class and listen to everything you already learned to obtain that permit. Regulations say we need 40hrs of classtime so even with a permit your expected to sit there with everyone else, which isn't bad because you can always learn something. classes are class is Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm. Our first day we got right into it, along with physicals, drug tests, and the teacher passing out paperwork on parallel parking and offset parking. The classroom instructor is Max, and he's awesome. He runs the place. He's connected with the people who run the state certified CDL testing site(Schneider) so he has all the correct answers and methods of passing to get your CDL. You just have to listen and learn. You have to verbally pass a Safe start test, air brake check test, and an in cab inspection test in front of the whole class, and you can't miss a thing. Your going to do this a bout 3-4 times but be warned, if you miss anything you fail. You will simulate sitting in truck and will have to perform the movements exactly like you were sitting in the truck. But Max will give you many chances to pass and will give you any help you need, at any time. If being in front of everyone is too much, he'll let you go in the hallway one on one with him so you can do these test. If you don't pass these test you don't go to the range with other students who pass to work on backing technique.(which is stage 2 of the program) Throughout the week, we had various staff coming in to fill us in about Celadons procedures and their expectations of their drivers, also there were fitness experts to give tips on how to stay healthy while on the road. The contract you'll sign is for 120,000 miles and they say if you team drive you'll make 18cents a mile(all miles) and you'll finish your contract in 6 months. Or you could solo and finish in a little over a year. They have pretty new equipment and I heard this from some of the drivers who are relatively happy with driving for celadon. If your looking for a company to train you while holding your hand, this isn't it. You'll be expected to be professional, courteous, and on time for everything. Be prepared for large classes which means less time behind the wheel, but they work with you to make sure you know what your doing before they release you to the next stage. Sorry so long but I always tell it like it is and sometimes it's a lot. So if you think I missed something, contact me and I'll answer any question you might have. By the way, I passed all three test in front of the class, and am heading to the range to do my backing Monday..... and I hate public speaking. TreeBark over and out.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Just got to Celadon in Indianapolis...

Yep still here.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Just got to Celadon in Indianapolis...

Ok so after reading so many negative threads elsewhere where years old, I decided to keep tabs here. Contrary to what put on the net. Celadon picked us up from the bus station within 20 minutes and not hours like the other guys where saying. The dorms were full but since I was the first to call for a ride I got one of the only two dorm rooms left out of the 6 people on the van. The meals are light but when it's free you can't complain. The facilities are nice and not at as all described. Dinner was a kids(little kids) sized pizza or sandwich, 12 ounce soda and your choice of fruit, pudding, or chips. Not great but not bad. Doesn't matter if they feed me or not I came to learn to drive trucks. Nothing else matters. Let you guys know what tomorrow brings.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Anyone CURRENTLY attending Celadons Training

Starting Celadons training this week in Indianapolis, and wanted to know if anyone is currently attending the training program? Most of the threads are from a year or longer, and while I read them all, I'm anxious to hear any NEW information regarding their training. Any CURRENT drivers have any info they could give me? I'd greatly appreciate it.

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