Roehl's Orientation

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Joseph D.'s Comment
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Hey everyone. I'm starting with Roehl on Monday morning at their Appleton, WI terminal. I know they have a 2 phase training process and was curios if anyone has gone through it and what your experience of it was. I'm very excited to start, and pretty nervous.

Stay safe, Joe

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Christine P.'s Comment
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What do u need to know i wrote a blog that you can look up on my experience going thru phase 2 with a trainer i was on the road with him for 13 days.. afterwards i took a road test and two days later i was assigned a 2015 international

C T.'s Comment
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I applied myself but it wasn't a full application as I don't have my permit. What all do you need to get the process going?

Joseph D.'s Comment
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Christine, what did you do in phase 1? I didn't get my CDL through Roehl and was wondering what to expect for my first of training there.

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.
Joseph D.'s Comment
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I got my CDL last friday through a school in my home town.

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.
Blessed 58's Comment
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I started Roehl orientation at Conley, Ga. About 25 days ago. Company put us up in a beautiful comfort suites about 8 miles from the terminal. Phase 1 started on a. On a monday morning . Van picked us up at 6:40 am each day lasted until 5:30- 6:00pm each day. Hotel served a full free breakfast bar each day,, lunch was a bag lunch provided at the terminal contains a sandwich chips and mini cookie, supper we were provided a $10 voucher for dinner at a restraunt near the hotel. First week Monday through Sunday includes the first day is just drug testing, physical, and weight and crouching, and other moveability testing. Other days were all classroom. The second week is the second phase and is some classroom and backing maneuvers the Roehl way. And alot of driving practice out on the road. They have an excellent set up maneuver that really helps you line your rig up in close quarter areas. The third week you go out on the road with your trainer for 14 days or longer if you feel that you need alittle more time to learn everything like using your PC, trip planning, learning how to figure yourroll over and recap hours, scaling, weight limits on axles, learning where to set your tandem wheels for regulations depending on what states you will be traveling through. After you feel that your done with your training you will be taken out for a road test and while your driving you do commentary driving by letting the instructor know what you see ahead down the road and what ever you notice that you are observing all around you out on the road. After that test day if you successfully complete that then within in a couple of days you will be issued your own truck and Usally sent home with your first load so you can have a couple of days to get your truck stocked up with everything you need for comfort. Great company, everyone have been very professional at all times and very helpful. Good Luck :)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Blessed 58's Comment
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Liz here again, I forgot to tell you how they pay for orientation. First week Monday through Saturday the following Thursday you will have a direct to deposit for $300 after taxes its about $265. If it does not show up call the 800 phone number and press the number in menus pertaining to payroll. The next week on Thursday your next deposit will also be $300. By that week of payroll I also already had 3 days out on the road with my trainer at $90 per day pay. I was told that that would also be in that 2nd check but it was not. So again I had to call payroll to see what was going on and I was told that the $90 dollars a day with your trainer is delayed being paid to you for 10 more days. So your told one thing in orientation and find out another thing when you expect it in your payroll and it's not there!! I do think they need to up their orientation pay because even with my personal bills cut all the way down to the basic needs getting only $300 after 10 days is ridiculous to keep your basic personal needs paid and on top of that delaying your $90 a day for 10 days on top of that!!! Just want new hires to understand how it's paid out so know one is caught off guard with one saying one thing and someone else saying something else.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

>>--HuntinDoug-->'s Comment
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This is good info... Roehl is on my short list.

Blessed58, what division are you driving in? ITR, Dedicated? Regional?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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