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Joshua F.'s Comment
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Good evening Drivers and future Drivers, hope all is well with everyone. I just arrived at home 30 min ago and I will be inputting my Orientation process at some point tomorrow. Just a heads up.

Have a great evening and a Safe day tomorrow.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Congratulations. Where and which company?

Joshua F.'s Comment
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Apologies on making the proper entires today. Was busy getting things set up so I can leave with my trainer in 7 days. AM&S Trucks Sub Contracted (leased) through MCT {Midwest Coast Transport}. I am in no way leasing a truck, just mentioning that AMS is leased through the other. Based out of Sioux Falls, SD

about 3.5-4 hr drive for me.

Joshua F.'s Comment
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Alrighty, here goes

Arrived a night early at the Motel in Sioux Falls and Monday morning the group of 5 students all hopped in the shuttle. Once at the terminal (only 1.3 miles away) we found out that 4 of us drove our cars to get here. Anyway, we all sit down in the room and shoot the breeze for a half hour and then go around describing why we chose to work for MCT (Midwest Coast transport). After that, one of the instructors made appointments for our physicals and pre employment drug test. A lot of videos were watched after we completed some paper work (formalities - as most of us had everything already filled out online) and then lunch. MCT bought it and Pizza was the choice today. After a very lengthy wait for pizza dude we consumed it and got back to more videos and talking about them. The rest of the day was divided between freely chatting and discussing what to do in situations when behind the wheel of a rig in different states. It felt like today was a gloss over kind of day.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joshua F.'s Comment
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Good evening everyone,

This is a follow up reply to the previous post...

Orientation Day 1 (as in my journal)

Been up for an hour and shortly I will be boarding the Days Inn shuttle around 7:30am to MCT. The sound of Jets taking off remind me of my place I had behind the San Diego International Airport. {Just a little side note there} Any-who after we arrived and joked around for a bit, it was Power Point presentations and videos galore. Before lunch we had 34 question FMCSR written exam which took around 30 min for all of us to complete. This morning some of the students had to take their **** test and physical. (Mine's tomorrow) Towards the end of the day we all took a HAZMAT test and did very well. (not everyone is hauling HAZMAT but we had to be familiar with the procedures and regulations governing it. Our Trailers will occasionally haul a load that requires the knowledge.

I will write about Day 2 of Orientation tomorrow after work.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


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.
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