Threatened By Trainer?

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EnTee T.'s Comment
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Has anyone been threatened to be terminated during your on the road training?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Please go into some more detail. I'm sure a number of trainees could answer yes to that question.

EnTee T.'s Comment
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For not progressing in some areas... "If you don't improve on... by... you'll be terminated." On 2 of 4-week training.

Tractor Man's Comment
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The Trainer may be trying to motivate you. This is a rough business. Ask Him/Her for help in the particular areas where you are lacking. The trainer is there to TEACH you these skills. If you two can not reach an agreement on getting things squared away, most Companies will find you a new Trainer. BUT.........beware, the next one might be harder to work with. I really wouldn't want to be the Guy that asked for a 3rd Trainer. My advice is to make it work if at all possible. Good Luck!

Rick S.'s Comment
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At what point in your training are you?

Have you done your road test and gotten your full CDL yet?

What skill(s) are you having issues with - that are causing you to be pressured by your trainer?

Your "header" on the post, could be a little misleading - at first glance, I thought the guy was threatening bodily harm. I doubt the trainer has the power to personally terminate you from the program - but their recommendation can go a long way. He can't just say "YOU'RE FIRED" and leave you on the side of the road.

Whose program are you in BTW? You've discussed in previous threads about getting "pre-hires" - which would usually indicate doing a private/3rd party school, rather than a company training.

Where did you end up?

Rick

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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For not progressing in some areas... "If you don't improve on... by... you'll be terminated." On 2 of 4-week training.

EnTee, 2 weeks isn't very long. My suggestion is to request specifics; what areas are you not progressing in? Don't accept a vague statement like that.

Very few people can effectively learn through negatively reinforced input or threats.

Old School's Comment
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I had a real Bozo of a trainer who regularly threatened to drop me off at the terminal. That was his way of stroking his own ego so that he felt superior to me. I pretty much had to ignore my trainer about half the time.

Hang in there, do your job with a willing heart, and if your trainer is like mine he will be singing your praises when he takes you back to upgrade to solo. He will get some bonus money when you upgrade - he wants to get you to that point.

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.

EnTee T.'s Comment
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Thank you all for the encouragement. I've just been rolling along... Haven't been taking it too personally.

I've been on the road training with a flatbed company. This is a whole new arena to me as I always had desk jobs.

My driving is fine I think... Had issue with downshifting but city/mountainous have been helping me a lot. Since the last "threat," I've improved in those areas.

I still have problem backing (mainly setting up) because our school had their method for doing so. Therefore, we didn't do alley backing or other proper backings. But Im getting better at it.

Securememt... Slowly absorbing the process... Have been exposed to 3-4 kinds of load... The trainer thinks I've been slow (which is true). At times he had left me alone to figure things out.

Had a bit of an incident (no collision nor injuries) at a shipper recently and rather being supportive, he said "Did you do this how you were taught? It took a lot of my convincing to not to have your ass fired. People listen to me." Eventhough I came up with a plan to fix the problem.

Oh well... I'll be alright. I've questioned myself of competency.

Thanks for your support.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Oh well... I'll be alright. I've questioned myself of competency.

Don't be too hard on yourself. NOBODY gains "competency" in this job in a couple of weeks. Keep doing your best and ask your Trainer what He "Thinks" is the best way to back or secure a load. Old School may have said it best. Just stroke the guys ego as you go along, make sure you do it "His Way", the Training period won't last forever. I pretty much had to teach myself to back. My Mentor was not very good himself. When I had extra time after going Solo, I would go to the back corner of one of the Big Distribution Centers and practice. Find my own set up, count spaces, find the right angles and turns of the wheel. Someone can show you the Mechanics of backing, it just takes practice to make it all work. After 6 months Solo, I consider myself quite competent at backing. I have confidence that I certainly didn't have my 1st few months. ALWAYS G.O.A.L.......as many times as necessary. Hang in there!

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