Tentative 7/4/16 Start Date With Roehl-Training Question

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Annee's Comment
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I've been accepted at Roehl (my 1st choice), very happy but also very nervous about the training process. The way I understand it there's 2 phases, the 1st is 8 days which trains you on parking/backing into tight spaces, qualcomm , trip planning/map reading, etc. 2nd phase is OTR with a trainer. My fear is the 1st phase. I seemed to take longer than most people in CDL school to learn backing skills, mostly parallel. I'm afraid I might need more than the 8 days given to learn the alley dock and backing in tight places.

If I'm not ready in 8 days, do they send me home or give me more time?

Hoping there's some Roehl drivers/ex-drivers that could give me a heads up on this part of their training. I'm hesitating on sending the Agreement back because of this.

Thanks in advance for any help given.

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
JakeBreak's Comment
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I went thru the same program it will be ok. The first 8 days is "the interview" but as long as you just relax it will be ok. For the backing part they don't have you parallel or anything really hard it is pretty much a quick review of school with emphasis on the company policies and trip planning and logging. The tight places that they teach you to back into is your basic truck stop parking and you can goal as much as you need to. When I was there one of my class failed the driver skills exam and they just made him redo it in the afternoon. I wrote a review about it but I kinda added it on to my school topic so it's at the end.

Annee's Comment
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I went thru the same program it will be ok. The first 8 days is "the interview" but as long as you just relax it will be ok. For the backing part they don't have you parallel or anything really hard it is pretty much a quick review of school with emphasis on the company policies and trip planning and logging. The tight places that they teach you to back into is your basic truck stop parking and you can goal as much as you need to. When I was there one of my class failed the driver skills exam and they just made him redo it in the afternoon. I wrote a review about it but I kinda added it on to my school topic so it's at the end.

Thanks, Jakebreak. I would like to read your review but I can't find it. I've looked through the first 4 and last 4 pages of your comments and searched in the blog section but can't seem to find it. Can you give me a hint where it can be found?

JakeBreak's Comment
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It is topic 8875 it's titled Keystone Diesel training. I just added my experiences at Roehl on the same post.

Keystone Diesel Training And Roehl Transport

Annee's Comment
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It is topic 8875 it's titled Keystone Diesel training. I just added my experiences at Roehl on the same post.

Jake, Just finished reading your diary for Roehl and all I can say is wow :) This is exactly the kind of info I was hoping to get here. Thank you, I now have a much better idea on what to expect and I feel so much better. I can do this :)

JakeBreak's Comment
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Glad it helped you out

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Annee, we have about four pages of conversations in our forum tagged with "Roehl Transport" and you can find them here:

Topics Tagged Roehl Transport

Old School's Comment
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Annee, Congratulations! Pay attention, and show an honest effort, and you'll be fine at Roehl. They want you to succeed.

Annee's Comment
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Annee, we have about four pages of conversations in our forum tagged with "Roehl Transport" and you can find them here:

Topics Tagged Roehl Transport

Thanks Brett, I plan on reading those tomorrow when I return home.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Annee's Comment
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Annee, Congratulations! Pay attention, and show an honest effort, and you'll be fine at Roehl. They want you to succeed.

Thanks Old School, appreciate the advice.

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