Just Got Accepted For Wiltrans

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Josh W.'s Comment
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I have completed the interview and application process for Wiltrans I'll be leaving home the 28th and beginning their training program the 31st. I'm very excited about beginning my career as a trucker. However, I'm also terrified. I've never driven anything close to that size. Any advice on beginning my career would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Lucky Life's Comment
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That's awesome Josh, I am still working on getting to where you are and only driven a 70+ passenger School Bus like 20 years ago. I am looking closely at Will-Trans so if you feel like starting a Diary of your training that would be great because I don't believe anyone has done one yet. Good luck on the new adventure !!!

Josh W.'s Comment
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I'll do that.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Keep in mind you got an invite to orientation. That is not a hiring. The entire orientation is an interview. Be honest, answer completely. Follow the rules and be respectful and you got this!

Josh W.'s Comment
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Keep in mind you got an invite to orientation. That is not a hiring. The entire orientation is an interview. Be honest, answer completely. Follow the rules and be respectful and you got this!

Ok. Thank you. I'm really hoping that I get it. I really want this job.

Josh W.'s Comment
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What are my odds of getting hired at this point. I've already put in notice at my current job. I'm willing to put in the work. I just really need to get this.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Since I know nothing of you driving record and background I have no idea. What's your work history like? DMV record? Criminal record?

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Josh W.'s Comment
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All of that is good. They told me that they already looked into those things. I've never been in trouble with the law. I've only ever gotten two tickets. One for a cracked windshield, which went away when I fixed it. The other was for an inspection that was expired by 9 days. And I've got a good solid work history. Just nothing in the trucking industry.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Cool. They do check before you go...then they pay for a more thorough background check once you get there. People try to lie and get caught thinking things from their past will disappear.

Follow the rules and be respectful. I saw a woman sent home for yelling at the cafeteria staff. If you are yelling and ignorant to people at the terminal , how are you going to treat customers while representing the company?

I saw another sent home after a couple weeks of not being able to find a trainer. Her problem? She had a CDL-B 20 years ago and "knows everything". After 9 different trainers said she won't listen and she told them " I just need to borrow your truck. This isn't true training" they sent her home.

People I've seen not make it through other than background stuff had to do with attitude. Even lacking respect for the truck. This is an 80,000 killing machine. That means take it slow. Slow.around curves, know your surroundings, pay attention. I met a guy who said "I was cherry picked as being one of the best drivers on the SIMS, so I don't really even need to go out for training in the truck. They just did that as a formality." Uh..dude...do you really think a video console is the same as a truck????

If you have a clean record, and are quasi normal you should do fine lol

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.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Josh W.'s Comment
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Ok. Thank you for your help. I'm very excited, but also nervous about this opportunity.

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