Profile For Patrick C.

Patrick C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Clarksville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 11 months ago

Patrick C.'s Bio

I am an Army vet that served 17 1/2 years. In the military I was a UH-60 Blackhawk mechanic / crewchief. I am a licensed Master Barber in the state of Tennessee. Now I am a professional driver with H. O. Wolding.

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Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Which is better Prime or Wil trans? As far as driving coast to coast.

You do realize Wil Trans hauls Prime trailers. Wil Trans and Jim Palmer are the same company. So when you are talking the difference between WT/JP and Prime, freight wise, their is little difference. As far as equipment WT/JP uses black Freightliner Cascadias and black Peterbilt 579s.

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Fuel Tankers-are others afraid?

I contacted a food grade tanker company this morning. They were offering what I will make at wolding in 6 weeks. Plus they didn't have any type of bonuses. So I would end up making 5.5 cpm less than I make at Wolding. Thanks, but I will keep you mind, lol. I figure with the pay hikes pretty much industry wide that tankers would be included.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Fuel Tankers-are others afraid?

You may have to look at Prime or Schneider. Do a year for recent driving experience. That coupled with your past may get your foot in the door. TBH, I rarely see fuel being hauled by something other than a day cab. Which stands to reason as crude oil is mainly transported thru pipelines to refining facilities.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Crash

I left the part out that after you immediately turn onto the side road is a set of active railroad tracks, but I am sure you got that figured out already.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Crash

Phillip, whether your employment with your company is over or not really depends. All I can say is be humble. Admit to your mistake, then take your punishment like a man.

Here is a true story. It happened at my company. It happened after I was working for them. So it is not some hearsay story. Anyhow, we had a new rookie. This individual had less than 6 months of driving experience at the time of the incident. He picked up at a customer. He decided not to follow the route he took in and to blindly follow his GPS out. He turned on to a side road that was marked "no trucks". While turning into this road he dropped his trailer in the ditch. He became hung up while attempting to keep on driving forward. A train was coming. He failed to call the railroad. He didn't even try to throw it in reverse and get off the tracks. Here is the cherry. He did NOT get out of his truck!!! He sat in his truck until the train hit him. The train caught the tractor at the drive tires. He was thrown from the truck and spent time in a hospital recovering. Now here is the part that is going to blow your mind. He was NOT immediately fired. He was given the chance to keep his job!! He only lost his job because he became indignant when he was told he would have to completely repeat training. That was straight from the head of safety and the head of training. Ummm, helllooooo!?!?!?! So like I said, admit to your mistakes, point out the lessons you have learned and take your lumps like a man. The individual that got hit by the train will never drive a truck again after that incident was put on his DAC. He had a chance to still be driving trucks.

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Instructor announced 1st Time EVER Newbie Hiring @ UPS & J.B. Hunt!

Let's be honest, union jobs in trucking nowadays are few and far between. UPS being one of the few standouts. The teamsters are pretty much nothing more than an apparition of what they once were.

I'm not the biggest fan of unions myself; however, as Brett stated they are some of the best paid jobs with the best benefits. Plus with a union as you gain seniority your pay goes up. The downside, newbies get hosed. They get the crappiest paying positions. They have to beg for scraps when it comes to nice runs. However, you tough it out for a few years and life starts looking pretty good.

As a side note, a lot of LTL companies, even the non union ones, use seniority and job boards. Ryder's trucking fleet also uses seniority and bidding on runs. Although Ryder is a little less forgiving. You take time off and someone covers your run. It is theirs now if they want to keep it until the next bidding period. I personally know someone who drove for Ryder for years.

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Manual??

I actually would encourage using your GI Bill and go to a private school. School is completely paid for, plus you get your housing stipend, plus you get your book stipend. Then most companies that hire new drivers have tuition reimbursement. That's right, you will get paid "back" the money Uncle Sam spent. Also a lot of companies that hire new drivers will also have a VA Approved apprenticeship program. Get another year worth of housing allowance to help cover those first year rookie growing pains.

If you have no intention of additional schooling than use your GI Bill to collect some pay checks.

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Typical sampling of run lengths for rookies?

There are so many variables to count. The only thing that will be common is in the beginning you will definitely get loads with extra time on them. Sometimes it may be a few hours, sometimes a day or more. Even after you have experience, those loads still need delivered. I still get loads with extra time, but then again as Rainey states I get more than a few loads were I have to watch my clock like a hawk and I barely have enough time to go from one to another.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Fuel Tankers-are others afraid?

The reason you see little talk about tankers and next to nothing on fuel tankers is because this site targets new truckers to help them become successful. Most tanker companies, with good reason, want several years experience before considering to employ someone.

There are basically 2 companies that hire brand new drivers and have tankers. Prime and Schneider. Prime has food grade tankers and Schneider has chemical tankers. So there is the basic rub.

With your experience, I'm sure you will agree that someone with a CDL hot of the press has little to no business trying to kill themselves with surge, let alone be driving around a pipe bomb on wheels.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Quick question

The bigotry. I was a white barber in a shop that catered to predominately black clientele. Got tired of the racism. I even took a turn at being an instructor. That was even more of a pain. 2 things I always wanted to do was be a barber and drive trucks. After the military I have now done both.

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Passed my test

Congrats!!

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Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Quick question

Awesome, a fellow hairdresser. It was good thinking, though. It does break it down and strip it but unless you disintegrate all three layers of the hair shaft, which would put it on the floor, the chemical make up of the keratin would still be present. Good job Jamie on putting it off. Better safe than sorry!!!?

I was a master barber in TN. I even went to the nail tech course, but decided somebody else can do pedicures. Barbers can do manicures in TN.

As far as chemicals, I loved using chemicals. But, I am sure you can figure out we don't get nearly the same amount of education or experience with chemicals as the cosmotologist side does.

Here is a picture of some highlights I did.

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Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Tanker specific for new driver

Here is a little perspective to help in your decision. Tank the max capacity you have hauled now double it, Take the weight of the liquid you have hauled, now double it, Take the amount of surge you have experienced, now double it. Take the length of the vehicle you have driven, nod double it. Finally take away a completely rigid frame and put a single pivot point in as well. With all the liquid weight on one side of the pivot and and the controls on the other. Not to mention your liquid will outweigh the tractor.

So how confident you are ready to drive a 7 story building on wheels with 6k gallons of water slapping you around?

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Quick question

32 years definitely trumps 3. I just know the level of damage the harder chemical processing does to the hair. I was unsure of the level of degradation would be.

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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Quick question

How attached to your natural hair color are you? The follicle (the only living part of your hair) passses on whatever chemicals are in your system to the hair fibers that are created. Your entire state of health is captured in that moment. Same that happens with your nails. You can tell a lot about a persons general well being just by nails and hair. Anyways, long story short, professional bleaching of your hair will greatly degrade the information your hair will be able to pass on. As the chemical process damages the inside of the shaft of the hair. I will not bore you with a long drawn out explanation.

I will not say it will erase such information only that it will degrade it. Also your hair grows between 1/8 to 1/2 " per month. Dependent on genetics, age, diet and general health. A general median is close to 1/4" per month. To conducts a hair test they want 1 1/2" of hair. So they get 6 months of background. Just saying.

Posted:  5 days ago

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HO Wolding

No problem, I enjoy helping where I can. Feel free to ask away if any other questions / concerns pop up.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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HO Wolding

Bump for Amy P to see

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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HO Wolding

The physical is easy enough. Normal physical plus carrying a crate with a little weight in it, duck walk, holding your hands above your head screwing a nut onto a bolt, whisper test. All easy enough. Nothing insane.

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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HO Wolding

Bump for Andrew C to see.

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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HO Wolding

Wolding is in the process of transitioning over to Detroit 12 spd autoshifts. They are actually ordering some of the new Cascadias with 10spd manual transmissions for us trainers, as all the manuals are getting old. As a new driver you will most likely be trained on a manual. There is a couple trainers with auto shifts.

New drivers get the older trucks. It is what it is. I would say you will have an 80% chance of getting a manual for your first truck. However, by the time for your second truck rolls around you probably have less than a 50% chance of staying in a manual.

Once they get to the point where the only manuals left are pretty much the trainers trucks, then the trainers will get put in autishifts as well. At best I give it 2-3 years and there will be very few manuals left in the fleet.

If you have any more questions about H. O. Wolding, I will be glad to answer them.

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