As Of 2:30pm This Afternoon: CDL In Hand!

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Justin D.'s Comment
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I finally finished. Took two attempts, but I'm now done with school (except for picking up my certificate of completion of completion tomorrow) and have my CDL! dancing-banana.gif

Next stop: Company orientation and training. I hope the trainer I get has miss placed rage issues and a mental disorder or two. Think of the stories I could have by the time I solo out! good-luck-2.gif Or he could turn out to be a normal guy, or a Trucking Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Master) I suppose. I'll hope for the best and prepare for the worst either way, as soon as I figure the difference between the two.

In any case, I'm done with school and couldn't be more happy. smile.gif

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.
Jonathan T.'s Comment
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Congradulations! We are all happy for you! dancing.gif Which company are you going to drive for?

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!

Hope for "normal", Obi-wan is a flight instructor with United Airlines.

Justin D.'s Comment
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Thank you sir, and thank you sir.

If all goes according to plan it looks like I'll be going with May Trucking out of Salem Oregon doing 48 state Reefer. They seem to be a good fit for my particulars.

As for the test today, I forgot to mention how I did (other than passed). I racked up 2 points on my skills test (you can have up 12 and still pass). I couldn't get seem to get lined up for my offset, and took an extra pull up. Missed nothing on my straight, or parallel. And I missed 17 on my road test (up to 30 is still passing).

And here and now I vow: I shall no longer so much as twitch my left foot while shifting. **** double clutching (pardon my language, lol).

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Congratulations!

I kind of hope my trainer / mentor is a little off center as well. LOL!

Reminds me of when the boys were little, maybe 8 and 11. I signed up on a web-site that was set up to find dirt bike riding partners in or near your specific area and or the areas you liked to ride / camp. I figured I would sign up and hopefully find other people with kids roughly the same age as mine and we could hook up and the boys would have somebody to ride with when I got tuckered out. When I told my wife about it, she says "What if they turn out to be a bunch of weirdo's?". I replied, "Gosh, I sure hope so". LOL!

JJ

Tractor Man's Comment
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Congrats Justin! Knock em' dead.

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James H.'s Comment
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I just got hired on with may trucking yesterday..The terminal in tn is family operated and the atmosphere is unbelievable. You will enjoy May seems to be a good company..

Thank you sir, and thank you sir.

If all goes according to plan it looks like I'll be going with May Trucking out of Salem Oregon doing 48 state Reefer. They seem to be a good fit for my particulars.

As for the test today, I forgot to mention how I did (other than passed). I racked up 2 points on my skills test (you can have up 12 and still pass). I couldn't get seem to get lined up for my offset, and took an extra pull up. Missed nothing on my straight, or parallel. And I missed 17 on my road test (up to 30 is still passing).

And here and now I vow: I shall no longer so much as twitch my left foot while shifting. **** double clutching (pardon my language, lol).

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.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Ronny S.'s Comment
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Congratulations!

Justin D.'s Comment
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Went back to school today to pick up my certificates of completion, transcript, etc and stopped by the 'local' May terminal (Phoenix) on the way home. Dropped off copies of my CDL , DOT Physical long form, and school paperwork. Looks like I'm just waiting on a review of my work history next week and I'll be good to go. I've only worked for two companies in the 10 years, so it should be finished up next week. That'll put me in orientation the following week on Tuesday (as that's when they start orientation each week).

Only downside is that it appears they won't be paying out tuition reimbursement to me. As I had a government grant pay for tuition it self, they won't pay me a thing for it. So May gets to save $4,000 to $6,000 on new hires with the same circumstances. Works out great for them. I tried explaining that their were other expenses associated with schooling like not working, 5 gallons a day in fuel commuting, etc. No dice. You'd think a Trucking company would understand that fuel costs can be a major expense. I digress; small rant on the matter is now over.

@ James: Do you know how long it will be until you meet up with your trainer yet? Also do you know if the training truck will be a manual or automated manual? I here MTC is phasing out manuals and going entirely automated with future purchases.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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