Profile For Andrew C.

Andrew C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Streamwood, IL

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 4 months ago

Andrew C.'s Bio

I'm actually a Paramedic who is thinking about a change and a new career path. I have a great job now with excellent benefits but it's turning in to a job that I don't enjoy going to. I drove for Covenant with an ex girlfriend in 2005 and didn't do it for very long. I don't think I was mature enough at the time for the lifestyle. I'm wondering if that has changed? I wonder if I could pull the trigger on a new way of life and take the gamble of giving up everything I am comfortable with and starting out on a different path... It's weird how you miss it even when it was forever and a day ago. That's why I'm here. Call it a confidence booster, research project, or a momentary pause when I can be something other than what I am day in and day out. I hope to find the answer in time. I wish you all safe travels.

Andrew

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Posted:  1 year ago

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GOT MY CDL!!

Hey everyone just an update I passed my skills and road test and as of 430 yesterday I was Illinois’s newest CDL holder. Thanks to everyone who sent words of encouragement last week when I was pretty down. I’m now spending the weekend getting ready to leave for orientation at HO Wolding on Monday. Thanks again!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Skills Failed

You all are the best! I feel a lot better after reading some of your stories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the encouragement

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Skills Failed

Thank you Junkyard for the kind words. I honestly really thought I was just gonna go in and knock it out. I then screwed it all to hell lol

Same thing happened to me and most of us...don't stress (yeah right you're thinking)...Guess what? If it takes you 10 times to pass, you still have the same licence we have....good luck.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Skills Failed

Guys I’m having a real crappy day. Went to do the skills portion of the test and messed up the parallel horribly. I’ve been doing it fine all week in the yard and this morning it was like I never drove a truck before. I aced my pre trip though so that’s a good thing. Just really kinda mad at myself. This ever happen to you guys and how did you get over the panicked feeling and doubting yourself?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Got my first load assignment

Congrats! Thats an awesome way to start!!

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

In looking back at your start with Wolding how long was it till you got a decent paycheck and was bringing home some cash? Obviously training isn't gonna be a lot but once you got on your own?

Just keeping the wheels turning. Have freight to deliver and money to make, lol

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

How are things going out there Patrick?

Wolding only sponsors at a few CDL schools in the Midwest. I am pretty sure they are only in WI and IL. It would be something you would learn from the individual CDL schools. The one I went thru you could get sponsored by CR England, CRST, or Roehl.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Hey David! Thanks so much for the well wishes. I send them right back to you. Wil-Trans seems pretty awesome I just couldn't be gone that long from home with kids. The recruiter who called me for them was super nice and very honest. I think you made a good choice. This site has been an awesome resource. Believe me just reading stuff on here will put you light years ahead of others in your training class. I am seeing that now. Safe travels and if you need anything that I might be able to help with let me know.

Andrew

Hi Andrew, just wanted to wish you good luck in school! I'm going to be starting my company sponsored CDL Training school in Missouri on Sept. 17th with Wil-Trans. Being on this site has just gotten me more excited and looking forward to starting my new career. I've been taking the tests on here and I'm super glad I have, I really appreciate the availability to do this and it's really helping me retain so mush info for my permit test. Thank you so much for this resource Brett and company! Dave

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No it is not something that is advertised on their website however the school that I go to, 160 Driving Academy has an agreement with them. They front the money for the schooling and I signed a contract to work for them for a year. The school said it’s not something they do a lot though. Maybe they are short drivers in the Chicago region? Maybe an Illinois thing since 160 is exclusively in Illinois. I’m not sure. I had every intention of paying out of pocket and going to them but when they offered the money I gladly accepted. I was going to them anyway. Plus like you and everyone has said I’m staying a year anyway might as well have them pay. In a year I’m free and clear. Hope this helps.

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Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

No it is not something that is advertised on their website however the school that I go to, 160 Driving Academy has an agreement with them. They front the money for the schooling and I signed a contract to work for them for a year. The school said it’s not something they do a lot though. Maybe they are short drivers in the Chicago region? Maybe an Illinois thing since 160 is exclusively in Illinois. I’m not sure. I had every intention of paying out of pocket and going to them but when they offered the money I gladly accepted. I was going to them anyway. Plus like you and everyone has said I’m staying a year anyway might as well have them pay. In a year I’m free and clear. Hope this helps.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Yes... I work for them for a year afterwards.

What exactly is "company sponsored"? Is Wolding actually paying for your school?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Well I got the first three things down. I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t pretty nervous about this training. My goal is to get through it without causing too much hassle for my trainer. It’s weird being stuck with another guy in his truck for 3 weeks or whatever it is. I’m comforted knowing many before me have done it and now I will too.

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Patrick if you were to be rate the top 10 things an how trainee would need what would you recommend

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1) a Good Attitude 2) patience 3) enthusiasm to learn .........

I know you are referring to stuff to bring. You should get a list of suggested items. Just remember, what you carry you sleep with. Bags that are able to collapse are great. Duffles, backpacks, etc.. pillow, sheets, light weight sleeping bag. basic hygiene products, a week's worth of clothing. Extra socks and underwear. Any paperwork that you need. Pretty basic stuff. Save buying "truck stuff" for when you get your own truck.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Thank you Rainey. I will look in to it. I hate this damn cpap. Every night it ends up somewhere other than my face and I’ve tried 3 masks so far. Something will have to work eventually. Thanks again!!

Hi Andrew, I dont drive for HOW but I do use the CPAP. When you have money, I highly recommend buying a SoClean oxygen cleaner. They run like $300, and you can get them from Amazon. Sometimes the company's website has promotional coupon codes. This makes cleaning so much easier, you just wipe down the rubber that touches the face to remove oils & dirt, then drop the mask and tube into the SoClean machine. The machine has an adapter that attaches between the hose and the CPAP which sends the oxygen flowing throughout the machine, tube, and mask. It runs for 7 minutes, but you leave it sit for 2 hours. That's it. It will even clean any water you still have in the humidifier. Supposedly it kills like 98% of the bacteria.

I bought one because I know a few drivers who got sick from not cleaning theirs properly. We have very little time out here on the road, so something that saves this much time and does a better job than I probably would if I was scrubbing... well, that's priceless.

Good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Patrick if you were to be rate the top 10 things an how trainee would need what would you recommend

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Please let me get you dinner etc for all your time answering my questions. You all have been immensely helpful and afforded me comfort in the decision I have made. School starts Tuesday with an expected graduation date of 9/28. Then off to how

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Well thank you both so much for taking time out of your day to help me. I would really like the opportunity to meet you both in the future. I have read the reviews on the How fb page. Who is Andy? He is in the training department and he is “rough to new recruits”. I’m assuming this is the people’s opinion of this person and that he is just a salty trucker type. Is he someone to watch out for? I’m not trying to make enemies I just want to prove myself and get my truck. Thoughts since you have met him I’m sure ?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

I love that. It speaks volumes about the company and people that work there. You guys got me even more excited now and I didn’t think that was possible

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Aww!! Hi Deb and her beautiful fur baby! Everything about this company hits me in the feel goods. I was humbled to see that Mr. Wolding still goes in to the office and “thumps a few tires” (his words from the interview). That’s amazing really! Jamie has been super cool in her emails and on the phone. The last email I had a question about cpap and the trainers. I said I didn’t want to freak anyone out looking like Bane when I wore my mask. She sent me back an email with him in it. I said yep this email is how I know I’m right where I need to be.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

How is the turnover? They don’t seem to be big enough to be handing out trucks left and right. I follow them on Facebook and Instagram and it seems like they are always welcoming new drivers! I see a lot of people that seem happy there. I guess it’s trucking so there always will be a revolving door. What makes you stay? Just curious. Jamie in recruiting has been very pleasant when we have spoken but she’s a recruiter so it’s hard to tell

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Yea that looks terrifying... and it’s 100% that I’m going there. My trainer is going to have a seizure with me. Maybe I will be blessed by getting a beater truck out the gate with lots of previously places blemishes. Fingers crossed I’m not like some of these Facebook welcome guys walking out in a new freightliner

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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HO Wolding

Well I’m in the northwest suburbs and don’t go in to the city much however with that said I was a paramedic in the cook county jail for 3.5 years so I drove back and forth daily. Chicago is an interesting animal. I figured my area was unique for freight options. Do you know who they haul freight for in this area? Any one specific or just general commodities? Where does their Midwest regional travel to? Do they do dedicated accounts? I saw in your pictures that recycling place that looked sketchy lol! Thanks for all your time!

Since you live in the greater Chicago area, you will be put with a Midwest trainer more than likely. Possibly even get a trainer that is home daily. You would stay in the bunkhouse during the week in that case. Going home for the weekend may involve getting dropped off and picked up at TA Chicago North aka TA Russell Road. It is at the state line of WI/IL off of I-41/I-94. I hope you love Chicago. Because you live there you will probably see it A LOT!!! We have a good share of freight going into and out of the Chicago area. When I say Chicago I am referring to the Greater Chicago area.

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