TMC Transportation Class A In House Program

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Justin F.'s Comment
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On the 22nd I will be starting my training for my cdl with TMC. I am unsure how long they have been doing this, so I figured I would ty to blog my exp.

Here is my background and reasons I chose TMC.

I am 26yrs old minister and just got married three weeks ago. I have worked factory jobs and some office jobs in my adult life. Recently the shop I am currently at cut our hours and was on the verge of laying off. For anyone who is getting married would not take this lightly. I threw the idea out to my fiancé after a sparked interest after meeting an O/O. She was very supportive since I have no college education. After researching here and making calls, I was on the verge of signing with Millis Transfer. I applied at Millis, Schneider, and swift. Schneider had opportunities but not what I was expecting. Millis couldn't give me the home time I needed. In a dilemma I was unsure if I should drive. I called a driving school and they listed companies that sign out of their school. I wrote them down and called to inquire more about their company. I spoke to TMC and the recruiter was very open and even offered to make a conference call to bring my fiancé in to discuss stuff. Not only that but unlike other companies, she kept in touch. Schneider told me to call back when I was ready and the same with Millis. The time I made the decision to pursue driving, I was getting married and couldn't postpone the honeymoon. TMC worked around that and my ministerial obligations. I told them when and its been history since. My recruiter and I have talked almost every week either phone or email. This spoke to me and my wife a lot. Well this is all I can think of for now. Stay tuned for updates!

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.
Dutch's Comment
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On the 22nd I will be starting my training for my cdl with TMC. I am unsure how long they have been doing this, so I figured I would ty to blog my exp.

Here is my background and reasons I chose TMC.

I am 26yrs old minister and just got married three weeks ago. I have worked factory jobs and some office jobs in my adult life. Recently the shop I am currently at cut our hours and was on the verge of laying off. For anyone who is getting married would not take this lightly. I threw the idea out to my fiancé after a sparked interest after meeting an O/O. She was very supportive since I have no college education. After researching here and making calls, I was on the verge of signing with Millis Transfer. I applied at Millis, Schneider, and swift. Schneider had opportunities but not what I was expecting. Millis couldn't give me the home time I needed. In a dilemma I was unsure if I should drive. I called a driving school and they listed companies that sign out of their school. I wrote them down and called to inquire more about their company. I spoke to TMC and the recruiter was very open and even offered to make a conference call to bring my fiancé in to discuss stuff. Not only that but unlike other companies, she kept in touch. Schneider told me to call back when I was ready and the same with Millis. The time I made the decision to pursue driving, I was getting married and couldn't postpone the honeymoon. TMC worked around that and my ministerial obligations. I told them when and its been history since. My recruiter and I have talked almost every week either phone or email. This spoke to me and my wife a lot. Well this is all I can think of for now. Stay tuned for updates!

First, Congrats on your marriage! Just remember a recruiter may tell you things you want to hear! Besure to get things in writing! Good Luck!!

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.
Justin F.'s Comment
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I am aware of the tricks of the trade. One company could not verbally say I would be home weekly and then told me if I moved to where I live now it might be possible. But with TMC their website states guaranteed weekend home times for my area.

Justin F.'s Comment
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Day 1: Classroom, Physical, and physical assesment.

Today was day one of the in house program at TMC. Day started and we rode a bus to the training center. Got off and was quickly seperated into our different groups. Upon the seperation we was quickly introduced to the online part of the classroom. Filled out forms while waiting for the bus to leave for the physical. At 0800 we left for the physical. I didn't take one prior to coming, which I regret now. Mainly for an injury that happened a month ago. Now I am trying to get a copy of my release. But anyways. Physical was done and shuttled back to the training center. After arriving we were directed to a garage for our physical assessment. They had a P.T come in to instruct us on how to lift the lumber tarps. Also how to craw and climb. We climbed a ladder onto a container and then had to stand at the edge, then climbed back down. Did some stretches and proceeded to the tarp station. We had to lift a 40# tarp, an 80# tarp and the big 120#. The 120# was what we was graded on. We had to pick it up, place it on the flatbed and then proceed to climb onto the flatbed, put it onto a coil, move around coil, pull the tarp off coil, get off trailer, and then get tarp and carry back to starting point. Once that was finished, we had lunch and was back in the classroom working on forums, tests and modules on the job. Left at 4pm. Now relaxing lol.

Side note, the drive here was pertty interesting. 10 hours for me and the other guys was 18. Hopet his was quasi detailed enough.

Justin F.'s Comment
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Day 2

Today was rather uneventful. All classroom work. Did route planning. Signed our contracts. Did a few power points, went over esop and benefits, as well as pay. Tomorrow they will put us in a truck to assess what we know and what we need to work on. Only homework we have is to watch the hours of service video.

Tyler F.'s Comment
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Day 2

Today was rather uneventful. All classroom work. Did route planning. Signed our contracts. Did a few power points, went over esop and benefits, as well as pay. Tomorrow they will put us in a truck to assess what we know and what we need to work on. Only homework we have is to watch the hours of service video.

Any updates? I'm going to be going through this program after I get out of the Army in a few weeks and am trying to get as much insight as possible.

Justin F.'s Comment
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Sorry for the lack of updates. Will you have your cdl when you get out of the military? Or are you getting it through them? I learned that depending on the class size will dictate the schedule. My class had two people in it. What I exp may be different because of class sizes.

Day 3 we worked on finishing videos and forms of needed and was taking out driving to evaluate my skills and see what needs worked on.

Day 4 they had us meet with recruiting to discuss referal program and reimbursement. Also took a personality test so they can pair us up with trainers and fleet managers. Which was retry accurate btw. The 2nd half of day 4 we started load securement class. Spent 4 hours doing classroom art of it.

Day 5 was load securement. Did load securement from 0630 to roughly 2100. Homework was to study 19 things needed for 20 ton coil and memorize them. And they have an order. We also reviewed for the test.

Day 6 we did load securement. Not as long this day. We reviewed for the test and worked on memorizing the 19 things.

Day 7 we did some load securement things. We stayed later this day than what is normal because TMC has a no alcohol policy while your here. Someone found alcohol and so the whole live and die as a team mentality came into play but anyways. We did tarp folding. Reviewed for the test and then took the test. I got 76/77 correct. I missed one because I rushed and didnt read the answered right.

Day 8-11 we drove for the first half of the day and backed the 2nd half. Worked on pti ( pre trip inspection).

Day 12 we drove some and cleaned the trucks.

Day 13-15 we had off due to Labor Day.

Day 16 we drove dot route and worked on pti and backing.

Day 17 practiced pti and backing. Took exam drove some after exam

I passed my exam so day 18 was driving day.

And today is 19. I leave to go home an meet my trainer

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.

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.

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.
OldCrow's Comment
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Looking forward to a new updated. How did your OTR training go? Looking forward to what you have to say, TMC is the company I am most interested in.

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.

Justin F.'s Comment
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Sorry I'm late on the responses. Otr training was not bad. I had a good trainer. Everything is going well. They definitely have held up to what I was told via recruiter. Unless I get a good offer after my first year, def will stay with these guys

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.

OldCrow's Comment
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Good to hear. I hope you get to keep your post up to date. I'd like to keep and eye and ear on it.

Sorry I'm late on the responses. Otr training was not bad. I had a good trainer. Everything is going well. They definitely have held up to what I was told via recruiter. Unless I get a good offer after my first year, def will stay with these guys

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.

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