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Grandma Day's Comment
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So I just received a message from recruiter asking if I am ready to go for Monday in PA.

The problem.....is I have not received or talked other than via phone message any information about what to expect. Ie, length of time I will be gone, what I need to bring. She literally just asked if I have tanker endorsement then said Monday in PA. No company information given.

Old School's Comment
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Once you tell them, "Yes, I'm ready to go - let's do this!" Then they will make sure and get you an introductory package of information via e-mail. It should have a ton of information you can go through until your head is spinning.

Old School's Comment
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Forgot this...

How long you will be gone will vary based on your trainer. You should fully expect to be gone for two months initially. You don't have to pack enough clothes for that long. You should find plenty of chances to do some laundry at a truck stop. Just communicate that need with your trainer so they can help you plan when to arrange for a little extra time to do laundry.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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She probably wanted an answer so she could send you all of the information in an email pdf packet. ..or it went to your spam folder? it took a couple days to process the bus ticket and stuff.

email and ask for the informational packet. basically expect to be out at least 6 weeks with a CDL you must do 40k miles, will be in orientation a week and head out for TnT.

bring sleeping bag, pillow, a weeks worth of clothes both summer and winter and toiletries.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Splitter's Comment
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Since you already have your CDL your length of time with a trainer will be for 40K miles. So approximately 4 months over the road. Prior to that, you will be in PSD for 1 week. That’s where you do the agility test, CBT, Simulator & DOT physical exam. Bring enough clothes for 1-2 weeks, toiletries, funds, birth certificate, passport (if you have one). Can’t think of anything else. If you’re concerned, call your recruiter back with any concerns. In the Prim company paid training profile Brett Put together, there’s a list of things to bring. There are about 5 pages of info there. Here’s the link:

Prime Profile

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Robsteeler's Comment
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I may be going to Prime too. What can I expect from the agility test?

Turtle's Comment
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I completed my 30k TNT phase in exactly 7 weeks, and that's with my trainer taking 7 days off in that time frame. Our truck didn't move an inch for those 7 days.

So the length of your training will really depend on how hard you two run as a team. If you knock out 5k weeks (easy to do), and don't take any time off you'll be done in 2 months, plus the additional 5-6 days for your initial orientation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Turtle's Comment
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I may be going to Prime too. What can I expect from the agility test?

Nothing to sweat over. Lift a weight to chest height. Do a duck walk. Walk up and down a ladder a cpl times. Practically anyone can do it.

Flatbed is a little more involved with more weight and lifting tarps but still not a big deal.

Grandma Day's Comment
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Thank you all for your responses. I have the information now. There was just a delay.

Well I am looking forward to being in PA on Monday. Not so much the bus ride. Off to the next chapter of what I consider the worlds longest interview. I have so much to learn and absorb.

Army 's Comment
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Grandma

Are you planning on doing a diary?

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.
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