Starting Stevens Transport School 10/05/15

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Fernando S.'s Comment
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Hey there. Not much on Stevens school experiences so to help penetrating what to expect I'll try to keep you all posted of what to expect based on what I experience. A little about me. I have my permit already and after much debating and research I decided on Stevens for my schooling. I already have everything on my check list for school ready. I'm in El Paso, TX and will be taking the bus ride to Mesquite, TX on 10/03. Departing at 9:50 pm and scheduled to arrive the next day at 12:55 pm. Since I already have my permit i don't have to attend the mandatory class on Sunday, so I'll have a little bit of time to settle in. The closer I get to my departure date the more it's sinking in that I'll be leaving family and my dogs behind for a while before i see them again since they do say to expect not to be home for about 8 to 10 weeks or so before getting to go home for the first time. I'll update at my next interaction with Stevens which which will be 10/02 which will be calling my recruiter one more time to confirm everything once again. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

Roger C.'s Comment
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Hey there. Not much on Stevens school experiences so to help penetrating what to expect I'll try to keep you all posted of what to expect based on what I experience. A little about me. I have my permit already and after much debating and research I decided on Stevens for my schooling. I already have everything on my check list for school ready. I'm in El Paso, TX and will be taking the bus ride to Mesquite, TX on 10/03. Departing at 9:50 pm and scheduled to arrive the next day at 12:55 pm. Since I already have my permit i don't have to attend the mandatory class on Sunday, so I'll have a little bit of time to settle in. The closer I get to my departure date the more it's sinking in that I'll be leaving family and my dogs behind for a while before i see them again since they do say to expect not to be home for about 8 to 10 weeks or so before getting to go home for the first time. I'll update at my next interaction with Stevens which which will be 10/02 which will be calling my recruiter one more time to confirm everything once again. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

Good luck with your training. In 3 weeks I'll be attending Roadmaster driving school in Tampa. Hopefully I'll be hired soon thereafter by one of many companies I'll be applying for. Keep us updated on Stevens transport and how the company operates. The two companies I'm mostly interested in at this point are prime and werner. Are you excited to get out and start making money? Also, will you be a team driver or solo?

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Fernando S.'s Comment
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Hey there. Not much on Stevens school experiences so to help penetrating what to expect I'll try to keep you all posted of what to expect based on what I experience. A little about me. I have my permit already and after much debating and research I decided on Stevens for my schooling. I already

Good luck with your training. In 3 weeks I'll be attending Roadmaster driving school in Tampa. Hopefully I'll be hired soon thereafter by one of many companies I'll be applying for. Keep us updated on Stevens transport and how the company operates. The two companies I'm mostly interested in at this point are prime and werner. Are you excited to get out and start making money? Also, will you be a team driver or solo?

I'm excited, a little apprehensive, but excited nonetheless. After my training is complete I plan on driving solo.

As for how the company operates, so far the recruiting process has been smooth. Completed my application online and it went quick from there. I've talked to my recruiter about 5 or 6 times already. And they keep in touch to make sure I'll be following thru I guess.

More to come as I know more.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Fernando S.'s Comment
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I guess I freaked my recruiters out a little bit today, Friday 10/02. I slept in a little, let the phone ring every time they called(about 5 times). The Friday before class they do a final verification to confirm that I will be making the trip, the ask that I confirm information to make sure I have it all down. I finally called them and confirmed I would be attending. Not much else other than still packing. Will catch the greyhound bus Saturday night and will be on a 14 hour ride.

Fernando S.'s Comment
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10/04/15 Checked into the Crossland Economy Studios in Mesquite, TX after being picked up by the Stevens Shuttle at the bus station. Although, I think we were supposed to be picked up by hotel shuttle, as there were other drivers heading to different location. Either way, made it here. It is a double occupancy room. My roommate is also from El Paso and we were on the same bus, so that's cool. Big Lots is within walking distance and is a good place to pick up some basic groceries and necessities. Gotta go for now, gotta be at the lobby at 6 a.m. to be shuttle to Stevens for class at 7 a.m.

Fernando S.'s Comment
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Day at Stevens school Got picked up by sortie shortly after 6am Most of the morning was spent filling out paperwork. Pay close attention to directions as they move fast on filling out paperwork and don't like to repair themselves. Took a quick tour of facilities Be sure to have already read up on the chapters assigned to you in the CDL handbook prior to arrival as there are some quizzes and reviewing you'll be doing on the first day. Already had homework assigned (quizzes) to compete for Tuesday and Wednesday. We were told that they will be taking us to the DMV Wednesday(day 3) to take the written exams. The sooner you get all 5 passed the more time on the range we'll have. Day 2 is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Medical exams and if you don't already have a CDL it will be a study group(mandatory) to prepare for exams. Free pizza they said. Off to study and to sleep.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Fernando S.'s Comment
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Day 2, 10/06/15 6 a.m. To 8p.m. All morning long you're taking care of your DOT physical. Doesn't matter if you already have a DOT, they will do their own physical and their requirements seem to be a little stricter than just minimum DOT requirements(neck measurements?, 3 month blood glucose,a1c, for diabetics is 9 DOT max is 10. Drug test is UA. They don't give you your actual medical card until graduation, in the meantime you get a copy. Once your done with medical exams, you're studying and reading to get ready for your DMV theory/written tests on Wednesday. You're reviewing until 8 pm and yes there was free pizza

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Fernando S.'s Comment
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Day 3 10/07/05 Took a quiz on the FMCSR guidebook and on basic critical thinking and math school skills. Aced it. Got our first t-check for meals or whatever you want to use it for. Used the money to pay for The DMV exams I needed to take. I already had my permit, so the 3 exams I had to take were the General (ch 2 & 3), pre-trip(ch 11) & air brakes(ch 5). Passed all 3. That allows me to begin driving on the Stevens track. Rather uneventful day other than the testing. Study your handbook from the DMV! All the question are from info directly from it. Get your permit before starting class. Less info to try to cram.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Fernando S.'s Comment
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Day 4 10/08/15 Still studying Signed promissory note for student loan $5995, 3 years @ 18% Apr However if I pay it off during the first year it's only $3,600 It's a 1 year contract once you're hired on and there is a non-compete clause for 1 year as of hire date, even if you pay off the tuition before the 1st year Not a big deal for me as I need the job. I'd rather be working than being unemployed. Bills gotta get paid, right? Agree that, I got some track time. As everyone else, having problems getting used to double shifting and down shifting. They say it's like dancing, but I'm a horrible dancer, so there's that.more track time tomorrow. Oh yeah, all written DMV tests passed and done with. Time to practice shifting. Any tips?

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Steveo's Comment
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Hey there. Not much on Stevens school experiences so to help penetrating what to expect I'll try to keep you all posted of what to expect based on what I experience. A little about me. I have my permit already and after much debating and research I decided on Stevens for my schooling. I already have everything on my check list for school ready. I'm in El Paso, TX and will be taking the bus ride to Mesquite, TX on 10/03. Departing at 9:50 pm and scheduled to arrive the next day at 12:55 pm. Since I already have my permit i don't have to attend the mandatory class on Sunday, so I'll have a little bit of time to settle in. The closer I get to my departure date the more it's sinking in that I'll be leaving family and my dogs behind for a while before i see them again since they do say to expect not to be home for about 8 to 10 weeks or so before getting to go home for the first time. I'll update at my next interaction with Stevens which which will be 10/02 which will be calling my recruiter one more time to confirm everything once again. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

i start with stevens transport 10/19/15 Dallas tx i am from ny.got my cdl recently. Question i asked no answer yet from stevens where are there drop yards near ny? as hometime i see columbus ohio shows the closest

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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