Prime Inc SLC Orientation Log

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Jay D.'s Comment
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I am going to start a little log of my experience day by day at prime trucking. I'm pretty sure I've found everything I can about Orientation at SLC. I leave here this coming Sunday and orientation starts Monday. I'll start with explaining the process of applying and speaking with my recruiter.

A few weeks ago, I filled out the application online, it took me about 45 minutes to fill in all of my old addresses and figure out the dates of any jobs I had. Make sure you are able to account for any gaps in verifiable employment, they take this seriously. After the application was complete, I downloaded the Driver Pulse app per the recommendation of the popup at the end of the application. The app informed me I was assigned a recruiter but it was late when I filled it out so I didn't hear from her until the next day.

The next day she called me and we discussed an accident I had back in 2015 and she said it was okay. We went over a few other things and I told her I needed to put my two weeks in at work so we needed to wait a bit and give me time for that. I also had a friend visiting who leaves today. We set my date for orientation on the 16th of July so I basically leave for prime right after he leaves here tonight. I am in California so they are sending me to the SLC terminal.

Because I'm going through SLC I need to get my class A CDL permit with the tanker endorsement before I go there, so I made sure I took care of that. I studied but I almost failed the air brake portion 3 times and they would have made me start over and apply again if that happened. That was stressful. I spent 6 1/2 hours at the DMV a week and a half ago but I'm glad it's over with. Remember to study guys!! I studied but I guess it wasn't enough.

My recruiter and I have talked a few more times. She sent me my orientation packet and I informed her that a friend of mine will be training me on flatbed and I gave her his referral code. Today we discussed some of my old employers she was having trouble reaching so I had to dig up some old W2s and unfortunately, I don't have one for a cab company I worked for 4 years ago and they wont get back to her. She said we should be able to figure that one out (fingers crossed)

I opted to fly to Salt Lake City instead of taking the Greyhound, and she said I would be reimbursed once I'm fully hired and done with my PSD and pass my CDL test.

So now you guys are pretty much up to date. I'll update you once I'm at the SLC terminal!

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.

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.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Jay, I'm just curious... Did you use our High Road CDL Training Program for your studying? It is the most effective way to prepare for those tests.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jay D.'s Comment
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Old School, I have heard really good things about the High Road CDL Training Program from my friend who is going to train me. He kept trying to talk me into it and I wound up quickly glancing at it and decided to study with an app instead. I guess I should have listened to him! Lol.

Jay, I'm just curious... Did you use our High Road CDL Training Program for your studying? It is the most effective way to prepare for those tests.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jay D.'s Comment
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Arrived at the Ramada today at around 11am. Had to wait until about 3 for them to come change my sheets. I called the front desk a bunch. My roommate is awesome. The restaurant here offers a great menu for the people of prime. We had to pay 10 dollars today for our meal but we we will be reimbursed once we get an extra voucher from prime. The food and the service was great. I talked to my trainer and he might not pick me up until Saturday, hopefully no later than that. There isn't much to do here because the pool is "down for maintenance but it actually looks like its just full of algae. The place isn't too bad overall. There is a little fitness room. I might check that out tomorrow. That's it for now guys, just super tired. Day one of orientation is tomorrow, stay tuned!

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