Starting With Werner

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Trucker Stewie's Comment
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Ok, so I got out of military 1 year ago. Hopped from working at Wal-Mart to working for a small Company named Cyber-AV. I loved working at Cyber-AV, but my true calling is Trucking. I started at Roadmasters in Millington, TN. It is a $7000 school to attend, but it was worth it considering my GI Bill paid for it hahaha. In 3 weeks I learned a lot. There were good instructors and bad instructors. The first week was with a the class instructor who did good at preparing us for the CDL written Permit test. By Friday between drug screens, background checks, and testing we went from a class of 25 to a class of 9. So Monday, we started working and driving the trucks. This is where the course flew by. I had orientation with Werner scheduled by the beginning of the second week. The good thing about Roadmasters is that you test in their truck with their DOT certified examiners. So I took my test on Tuesday, had my CDL license by Wednesday, and Werner had me on a Greyhound from Memphis to Dallas, TX on Thursday. At 7am on Friday Orientation started in which we did the typical paperwork and did our hair follicle and **** test. Since I went to Roadmasters which is partnered with Werner I didn't have to do a road test and physical here. You have to do some Etrainers on the computer, about 15 of them which I knocked out in a few hours by using the computer and my phone to do multiple Assignments at a time. (Multitasking is great) So now that I have my badge and everything is done I am just getting payed to sit here in this hotel which isn't too bad while waiting for my drug test to get back and then I will wait for a trainer. The pay is 550 weekly for training and Breakfast and Lunch is provided at orientation, not at the hotel. There is a shuttle that will run you from your hotel to Walmart. My experience has been pain free, but that could be because I stayed prepared and finished everything promptly. Being on time and getting things done can make your life easier. Please feel free to ask any questions and I would love any advice from trainers or veteran truckers as I am sitting in this hotel room twiddling my thumbs. Thank you all. TRUCKER Stewie out!

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.

Dm:

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.
Joe Rayz's Comment
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Good Luck out there and be safe. I have a buddy that works for Werner and he is very happy there. Hopefully you will be too.

Trucker Stewie's Comment
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Thanks Jay. I appreciate it.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the Forum Stewie. Stop by the General Forum, lots going on over there that you may find interesting and beneficial.

Trucker Stewie's Comment
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Thanks GTown I'm definitely going to check it out.

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks GTown I'm definitely going to check it out.

Good luck with your trainer, keep us posted on your progress and let us know if you have any questions.

Tanker Man's Comment
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Definitely following this! I have been working with the recruiters to get on board with Werner, unfortunately, my schooling I went to wasn't long enough as far as hours go so I have to go back to another school :/.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Trucker Stewie's Comment
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Oh wow that sucks. Did you at least get your CDL?

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.
Trucker Stewie's Comment
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Ok everyone. A little update on Trucker Stewie here. I lucked out and already have a Trainer assigned to me. Ron called me letting me know he is on his way from San Antonio to Dallas to pick me up and he would be here Last night, but it didn't workout since they wanted him to go to Cali with a load so I'm stuck here another night. He is suppose to be her tonight and we will head out at 10am tomorrow. I am very anxious to meet Ron and to see who I have to look up to in training me and preparing for my future trucking career. I realized they manage to let me go through this whole process and I realized never actually did my tuition reimbursement paperwork nor did they ever go over my actual pay and everything. My point is ASK questions to the point where they are tired of you. Make them do there job. In their defense they are dealing with a lot of people in orientation, but it's still your career so take care of business.I Will keep everyone updated.

Tanker Man's Comment
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Oh ya, I've got my CDL with tanker and hazmat endorsements already. Just don't have enough training hours.

Oh wow that sucks. Did you at least get your CDL?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

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

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