Prime,Swift, And Maverick Training

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Tim S.'s Comment
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Hello, This is a question for any Prime, Swift, or Maverick people out there. How long is the training for these companies including doing time with the trainer out on the road?? I think I have applied to just about every company in America hahaha not really but feels like it! Just looking for that one who will take me on and give me a shot. I am looking to work hard for em whom ever that will be. Good money is made when your willing to turn those wheels as much as you can and I plan on just that!!!! Thanks for any info! And by the way this web site is one of the best places I have found to get information and help a Newbie get on his feet. I am doing the High Road training that this site offers and it has been helping me tremendously!!!! So thankful that this help is here!!!!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Prime's training is a little longer than most others, but very thorough. I arrived at Prime orientation on Dec 19th, and got the keys to my solo truck on Mar 3rd.

G-Town's Comment
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Swift’s School is 3-3.5 weeks of classroom, yard skills and road skills. Like every school they prepare you to pass the CDL exam and not a whole lot more. You’ll need your medical certificate and CLP before arriving at school.

Road training at Swift is called mentoring. The duration is mileage based; 200 miles driven by the student. The first 50 is fully supervised; the next 150 is teaming with the mentor. You will then test for the CDL with your home state DOT.

Once you have your CDL, orientation is next where you will be tested on backing and basic road skills in order to be upgraded to first seat solo status.

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.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Army 's Comment
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G-Town

You say 200 miles.....etc but did you mean hours?

Thanks.

G-Town's Comment
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G-Town

You say 200 miles.....etc but did you mean hours?

Thanks.

Good catch Army! Sorry about that...duh. Yes 200 hours...first 50 is fully supervised.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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i sat with splitter.for 3000 miles before going full team. i just laughed at this thinking OMG i kmow he means hours lol. or splitter would get a complex lol

Dan S.'s Comment
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I got like a week and a half (If that on PSD training. No experience backing. And then back to test out for MY CDL'S, which I've got.)

A couple of hours training on backing, then Tested Out)

Went out on T&T training, a bit more experience backing a time or two. Got a little over nine thousand miles of 30K completed

Had to come back home to get my Missouri CDL's converted to Alabama CDL'S [Side note, Yes they accepted my Paper Temporary Missouri CDL license, also need SS card, birth certificate, proof of residencey (Two Pieces of mail with your name on it, + $93 and some change]

Here I sit all this week and next until 5 Sept, before I get back on the truck. Translation it'll be two to three weeks before i see amother paycheck.

As stated all the training really does is get you your CDL's. And not much else.

The rest is OJT, and in my personal experience your supposed to "Get It" the first and ONLY time your told something the FIRST TIME.

Your not allowed ANY mistakes, errors, and must GET any and EVERYTHING right then first time and every time.

Not allowed to touch the temperature, thermostat, fan, vents. Wal-Mart bathroom rugs must be straightened out.

Soooooo ready for this to be over.

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.

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.
Army 's Comment
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Dan

LOL, are those some of your trainer's rules lol....

Well at least your are on your way to getting your own truck now. I guess you can look at the bright side, no need to comb your own bathroom mat lol

Best of Luck Chris

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dan S.'s Comment
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I'm sure and certain it's all just a bad case of those "

Old Low Down Mind Messin', Steadly Depressin', Got Them Rookie Blues"

With a healthy mess of too much idle time on my hands.

But I'm not really feeling it right now about my newly minted career in trucking.

Right now, seems like I'm spending more than I'm making, and I am. I'm in for at least $400 or more for license, TWIC card, permit, transfers etc

Not to mention what I owe for the training. In return in almost a month (Three paychecks) I've earned around $1800.

None the next two weeks. Meanwhile my trainer is talking about weekly checks of $4 to 6,000 a week!

Maybe so there Slick, but that's all free Bubble Up and Pie in the sky to me, while I'm spending most of this week calling and negotiating with creditors, making minimum payments

I've eating Love and Flying J hotdogs for the last three weeks.

I know a lot if this is the rite if passage yada ~ yada. But I'm not going to be able to go the long haul going this way.

I'm too much up on all this yelling screaming, and cussing business either.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dan S.'s Comment
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Dan

LOL, are those some of your trainer's rules lol....

Well at least your are on your way to getting your own truck now. I guess you can look at the bright side, no need to comb your own bathroom mat lol

Best of Luck Chris

I'm taking it as it comes. I keep telling myself

"The devil you know is BETTER than the one you don't KNOW.!"

And caulking most of it as just the right of passage, and the price you've got to pay for entry.

In Short?

I SIGNED up for this!

I VOLUNTERED for this!

I ASKED for this!

Time to suck it up, embrace the suck, and step up to the feeding trough and chow down Hog!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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