TMC Cdl Training

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C T.'s Comment
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Hi guys, new here and on a phone so excuse my formatting. I recently applied to a few companies for pre hire ( TMC' Maverick, Roehl and Prime) and discovered they now offer their own cdl program. The recruiter said it was 3 weeks for the cdl then on to full employment or orientation. She also said its 300 to start, 150 down and the other half for fees. They pay transportation to their des Moines HQ as well as meals and lodging. She also stated I would be home on weekend's (I live near Chattanooga, Tn).

Anybody know more about this? Also I'm concerned about the 3 week program, seems short. Also how realistic is the home on weekends pitch? Seems to be a selling point for Maverick and Tmc

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Jacob B.'s Comment
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I am actually on the same thing with them. I had just spoke with my recruiter today and she confirmed a few things that might be useful. During the 3 weeks you will be getting your CDL , you will also be doing your orientation. the 3 weeks are not paid during training/orientation. if you get your CDL before you go to TMC, you will be paid at 500 a week for the 2 week orientation and then 500 a week during your over the road. I am new to this forum but have been looking at it for the past 3 months. Hope I was able to help.

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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Cody B.'s Comment
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Hi guys, new here and on a phone so excuse my formatting. I recently applied to a few companies for pre hire ( TMC' Maverick, Roehl and Prime) and discovered they now offer their own cdl program. The recruiter said it was 3 weeks for the cdl then on to full employment or orientation. She also said its 300 to start, 150 down and the other half for fees. They pay transportation to their des Moines HQ as well as meals and lodging. She also stated I would be home on weekend's (I live near Chattanooga, Tn).

Anybody know more about this? Also I'm concerned about the 3 week program, seems short. Also how realistic is the home on weekends pitch? Seems to be a selling point for Maverick and Tmc

I use to drive for TMC they are a solid company great equipment, great fleet managers and good home time for OTR drivers. As long as you are willing to work you can't ask much more from a trucking company, Chattanogna is a great area for them so yes you will be home just about every weekend, just remember stuff happens and once in a while you might end up in a situation where you won't make it home, the 3 week training will be for your CDL, then you will go with a trainer for another 5 weeks so you will get at least 8 weeks of training which will be plenty and if you don't feel comfortable you could always ask for more time training.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Fleet Manager:

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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3 weeks is long enough for the school all they teach in school is th basics it's the training that counts the most after school you don't want 3 weeks of school and only a week with trainer that would bite you in the ass pretty hard so make sure they have am ample training time upon graduation for you as well. I would say nothing less than 3 weeks with a trainer especially seeing how TMC is a flatbed company.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Driving school, whether private or company sponsored, will teach you just enough to pass the CDL test. The actual CDL driving test checks to make sure you know just enough to drive a big rig safely. Once you have your license then you will learn all the finer points of better driving.

So each stage is just a threshold to get to the next stage.

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.
C T.'s Comment
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Sorry for late reply, but thanks for the info. Also, I believe they have a few Canada runs that require passports and twic I think? Do these runs pay more or same rate as the states? Also I read somewhere they have epu instead of apu. Anyone care to elaborate?

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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