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ProudArmyMom's Comment
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Today was my first day of trucking school. Started at the Roehl terminal in Conley to do new hire paperwork. It was me & 2 other GA guys. Another man was from outta state & was gonna train at Roehl terminal where we were. Us 3 locals are training at GDA in Conyers.

First step was BP. Mine was 154. It was 112 at the Dr's office. As long as it's under 180, it's passing. Then we went outside to crouch under the truck trailer 2 times. Then climb up into the back of the trailer. Between each activity, pulse/heart rate is checked w/a finger monitor.

Back inside: Squat & touch the floor w/ur hand 10 times. Lift 20 lbs up & over your head. Lift 40 lbs up & over your head. Then pull up 100 lbs w/a bar in front of you. Then pull up 80 lbs w/bar behind you. The trick to that was to start out pushing very hard & fast

The outta town guy was sent home cause his BP was 190. We were taken aback that he was leaving so fast, but we understood rules are rules.

When we were done, we went to trucking school in Conyers. Everyone is very nice. Met the owner. Everyone in our class (I think it's 12 of us) took a drug test today. Physicals tomorrow. We were told the school would be moving in a couple of months. Same general area.

Trucking school is 6 days a week from 7am to 5:45pm. It's a total of 180 hours. If u miss any class time, make up time is Sun. One guy came via Greyhound & arrived right before we left. He was told he has to make today up on Sun.

2 of us have our Class A CDL permit. Everyone else was testing Fri & Sat. The school realized GA DDS is closed Sat in observance for Easter Sun. Now the testing has been moved up to Thur & Fri. The 2nd day is just in case someone doesn't pass the first day. I'm glad I have mine

Recruiters from trucking companies will be coming to the school. We were told to steer clear since we are employees already.

Today was a rather eventful first day. I am glad I have started trucking school. It was a 5 week process, but well worth it.

Take care everyone

Karen

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.

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.

ProudArmyMom's Comment
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Pulse/heart rate should stay under 152 after each activity

PackRat's Comment
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And I saw you there today, too! Good luck. You'll do fine.

ProudArmyMom's Comment
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Charles:

Yes, it's a small world. I figured that was you in the hall way before I decided to say something. Didn't wanna case of mistaken identity lol.

I can't believe one of my group got sent home.

How is your orientation going?

Take care

Karen

And I saw you there today, too! Good luck. You'll do fine.

ProudArmyMom's Comment
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Charles:

And thanks!!!

Karen

ProudArmyMom's Comment
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Today we did the GA CDL Manual all day. A little redundant for those of us that have our CDL permits already

Karen

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gary S.'s Comment
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Hey Karen!

I was really disappointed about getting sent home.

Going to see my doctor Monday to get my blood pressure straightened out.

Once I get that under control I'm going back to Roehl and try again.

Good luck to ya'll three.

Gary.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

PackRat's Comment
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It's going great for me. Talked with fleet managers, instructors, payroll personnel, other drivers. All are a professional bunch. Finally get to do some driving tomorrow. Hopefully I'll do a road test before the afternoon thunderstorms? LOL!

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.
ProudArmyMom's Comment
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Gary:

We miss you!!! We were taken aback when you left. We were talking amongst ourselves about you hoping that you are doing ok. I showed your message to John & Lance. They said hey.

We are hanging in there at trucking school. Hopefully, you will be able to come back soon. Take care & let us know how you're doing.

Karen

Hey Karen!

I was really disappointed about getting sent home.

Going to see my doctor Monday to get my blood pressure straightened out.

Once I get that under control I'm going back to Roehl and try again.

Good luck to ya'll three.

Gary.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

ProudArmyMom's Comment
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Charles:

Hey, hope you made it before the thunderstorms!!! Took me almost an hour to get home from trucking school.

We are real pleased w/Roehl so far. We hang out in our own little group.

Take care & let me know how you're doing.

Karen

It's going great for me. Talked with fleet managers, instructors, payroll personnel, other drivers. All are a professional bunch. Finally get to do some driving tomorrow. Hopefully I'll do a road test before the afternoon thunderstorms? LOL!

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.
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