I'm Off To Schneider Orientation

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Jay68442's Comment
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Leaving tomorrow 11/7 for Carlisle PA and orientation starts 11/8. I'm excited for the learning and experience but a little down about leaving the family for 3 weeks. This is the path I chose so I'm just going to get it done. I will continue to update this thread as I go through orientation for those that are interested in Schneider.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kurt G.'s Comment
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Hey, good luck. I've got one tip for you: the Sleep Inn will tell you (or at least they told us) that breakfast starts at 6, but you can actually go down at 0530 and eat, which is good because the shuttle leaves for Schneider at 0615.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Leaving tomorrow 11/7 for Carlisle PA and orientation starts 11/8. I'm excited for the learning and experience but a little down about leaving the family for 3 weeks. This is the path I chose so I'm just going to get it done. I will continue to update this thread as I go through orientation for those that are interested in Schneider.

Best of luck to you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jay68442's Comment
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Second day of orientation completed. The first day was very long and boring. Lots of paperwork, pre work physical and screening followed by more paperwork. Today was better. Did some driving and backing in the morning and back to the classroom for the afternoon. It felt really good to get back behind the wheel after a few weeks off after finishing cdl school. I wasn't nearly as rusty as I thought I would be. The instructors at Schneider are really great and dedicated people. All is good so far, no complaints.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations! And welcome to the pumpkin patch! 😆 Get some good Pennsylvania Dutch food while you're there.

Carlisle Driver Services people are THE BEST!

Jay68442's Comment
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Today was day 4 of orientation and just about half the class was let go. We started with 21 and are now down to 12. I'm happy to say that I passed my road test and skills with ease. I thank my CDL school for that. I have learned that not all cdl schools are held to the same standards as all of thosr sent home can attest. I learned a lot over the past 4 days. Anyone considering Schneider the following is for you. Schneider's training in the first few days is more of an assessment of where you are at and teaching you their way of doing things. They do teach and train you but if you don't have the basics down this may not be the best place for you to start out. If you don't have a halfway decent set of skills coming in then you are probably not going to make it. I have one more day in Carlisle before I go OTR with my next trainer. I'll be out a week and then have to return to Carlisle for more training and testing.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jay68442's Comment
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Leaving in a few to meet up with my OTR trainer. Will be out until Saturday. When I return its back to Carlisle for the final week. I'll try to post an update while out on the road. I'm sure it's going to be an experience.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Best of luck to ya Jay!

You can expect it to be both trying and exciting, You will experience highs and lows, a tumult of emotions, and a continual rush of adrenaline. It is the start of something like you've never experienced before. The ride of a lifetime is what this whole career has the potential to be. Listen well, try to be the sponge that you will need to be, and stay focused and determined to see it through. Schneider goes through their road training rather quickly, and I think you can expect it to be somewhat exhausting. Remember that you are just barely scratching the surface of what it takes to do this job now. As time goes by it all becomes easier as you learn the ropes and become more familiar with all the little tricks you will learn to make life out here on the road more manageable, profitable, and enjoyable.

We are looking forward to hearing about your experience. good-luck.gif

Jay68442's Comment
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Thank you Old School! Well I made it through day 1. I made few mistakes but overall it was a good day. It's a lot different driving with a full load, not used to that but I think I adapted pretty well. I drove about 300 miles from PA to Boston mass. Now it's time for some sleep.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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How'd your training week go? Are you going with ne regional? I'm wondering how many miles/wk they promised. That's what I originally signed up for, and they told me 2000-2250. I ended up in "lightweigh solutions" which has been great, and that's about what I average. I'll be interested to hear how you do in ne regional.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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