Profile For Mike

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  • Location:
    IL

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Roehl Phase 1

Thanks Verminator. I’m still waiting for phase two. Been home over a week now. I’m assuming they’re backed up at the moment. There’s at least two more from my class that are waiting. Hope I can start soon.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Roehl Phase 1

Thank you!

Congratulations 🎊🎉 and good luck on your new career Mike!!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Roehl Phase 1

Hello everyone. I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.

I finished phase 1 with Roehl yesterday, passing my CDL exam on Friday. I did my training in Marshfield on a 10 speed.

My recruiter had told me that manual school was four weeks. However, on day one, we were told we were on a three week accelerated course. No pressure, right? Within the first 5 minutes, I had no doubt I made a good decision to join Roehl. The instructors set a positive and professional tone. Day one consisted of mostly paperwork and company indoctrination. We did get some time in the simulator.

Starting day two, we were on the range practicing shifting. Day three we hooked up to a van and which included backing around the range course. After lunch, we were driving around town.

The remainder of training consisted of backing and road time. It was a great experience, and we had a lot of laughs along the way. It was a perfect mix of students and instructors. It was tough saying goodby to everyone.

We started out with 15 students. During week one, two quit for personal reasons. During week two, another student was asked to leave based on their skill set.

The only complaint I had during my training was the hotel. Their WiFi was horrible, and I couldn’t get a good cell signal there either. The reason I mention this is because we had 40 hours of online training to do. It made that rather difficult. We found that you could get a decent signal by the pool, which is inside.

So overall, it was a great experience. We all had our struggles along the way, and our instructors were more then willing to go above and beyond to help us. I’m looking forward to the next phase. Hope this helps.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Roehl Week 1 Training

Keep us posted. I start with Roehl next month. All the best with the remainder of your training!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Looking for advice

Thank you. I appreciate the input. I hope your wife has recovered. My wife is also Japanese. We have a few things in common, sir.

Roehl has had many people that were pilots before coming truck drivers, I know because I am one of them😁 it’s actually becoming More common to see . After Riddle and Phoenix east and the really bad economy in 2006-2008 my wife’s cancer came back and she had a green card (No help from gov if you come in the right way) so I just couldn’t make any money and had to take her back to Japan and a buddy of mine (dot officer) talked me into becoming a truck driver saying I would make a good deal more money and he was right.

I am now a company owner

There is one thing I would say “get it in writing “ for everything you want such as guaranteed reimbursement of reserve paid parking (wherever you decide to go just remember recruiters lie) Rick no longer runs the company and its all the same big company rules that you already understand.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Looking for advice

Thank you, sir, and will do.

Congrats!!! 🎉🍾🎈

Roehl has been a good choice for me. Not sure how I missed your post earlier. I can tell everything my recruiter told me came to pass. My first couple months solo were fairy slow. But once they learn they can trust you to be safe and on time. They’ll keep you moving.

Best of luck. Keep us posted on your journey.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Looking for advice

Well guys, I passed my phone interview with Roelh today. Tomorrow I’ll do the DOT medical and CLP test. If all goes well, I’ll be starting at Roelh next month. Keep your fingers crossed!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Looking for advice

Hello everyone,

Just a quick update. I’ve received a conditional job offer from Roehl. Looks like I’m on my way. Thanks again for the links and advise.

Mike

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Looking for advice

Thank you so much!

Welcome Mike. Roehl is a very good company, with great training. I started there almost 7 years ago. Call the recruiting number and ask for Kim Calhoun. She is very experienced and a straight shooter.

Some of the other folks can give you more specific current info on particulars. Keep us posted how it goes.

Best wishes.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Looking for advice

Thanks for the advice and links everyone. Much appreciated!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Looking for advice

Hello everyone,

I'm Mike, and have been lurking around for the past couple weeks. I need to make a career change for the next few years, and the trucking industry seams like a good fit.

As far as my background goes, I'm 45 years old and have been in the aviation industry for over 20 years. Due to the pandemic, I'll be furloughed from my job for at least two years. I've had a lot of sleepless nights recently trying to decide what I can do which would allow me to bring my previous experience with me.

I know that one of the biggest issues new drivers face is being away from home. I've been living out of a suitcase for the past 20 years which is to say I've missed a lot at home. So as far as the lifestyle of driving goes, I'm well aware of what it's like. I'm sure there will be new challenges that I have not experienced, but that's what makes life fun.

I've been shopping around for a good company to work for, and came across Roehl. I live about an hour from one of their terminals, and they appear to be a solid company with a good safety record. At some point this week, I'll be contacting them to speak with a recruiter. I'm assuming recruiters are more like salesmen and will blow a lot of smoke. Would any of you be willing to give me some advice as to what types of questions I should ask? I'm looking into national dry van OTR. I don't want to be put in a position where they promise me one thing, then something else happens. Also, for the Roehl drivers here, any information or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance everyone. I'm looking forward to hearing back from you all.

Cheers,

Mike

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