When Should I Start To Shop For A Company?

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Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Splitter,

How do you expect the economy to function without folks like me throwing hard earned money away?

Thanks for your input. As stressful as the trainees explain they are during their first few days of school, I am not enjoying the inability to do nothing to further my journey for the next 5-6 months. I suppose spending money needlessly is not a wise move. At least with football starting up today I can stay somewhat distracted for some of Thursday, Sunday and Monday for the next couple of months.

Prost

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Splitter's Comment
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Splitter,

How do you expect the economy to function without folks like me throwing hard earned money away?

Thanks for your input. As stressful as the trainees explain they are during their first few days of school, I am not enjoying the inability to do nothing to further my journey for the next 5-6 months. I suppose spending money needlessly is not a wise move. At least with football starting up today I can stay somewhat distracted for some of Thursday, Sunday and Monday for the next couple of months.

Prost

Hahaha! I get it. But the stress is self imposed. The more time you spend preparing the less opportunity you give for stress to be a factor. My stress never came up during the PSD part of training. I had the CLP on first shot. I had most of the pretrip down, I knocked out the CBT’s in a couple of days. My issue at this time was the sims & learning the shift pattern. Because I had knocked out all the other obstacles, that freed me up to ask for extra time in sims class. They want us to succeed & if you show effort? They reciprocate.

Now testing? In the actual truck? Now that was some deeply insecure moments in my process. Like I said, practice the High Road Training, learn the pretrip ( there’s a good video on youtube by apex driving school that’s an hour long) with Daniel B’s pdf & this video, you’ll ace that too.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

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.

Splitter's Comment
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Thank you everyone for your support. I really appreciate the help to roll back the vail if the trucking industry.

I know that most of the big companies in theory comes out about the same with the pros and cons. However, since I am going to have about 12-14 months left on my GI Bill I do know I want a company that has a military Apprenticeship program since that would be a lot of extra money a month until it's used up. So far I only know of Roehl and Swift that offer this. Does the hive mind that is TT know of any others?

Hope this helps:

VA Apprenticeship Program: A Company List

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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All very good advice, thanks.

Since you spoke on shift pattern, I have a question (Maybe more for Brett?).

Reading lots of the Prime folks articles and comments, it sounds like automatic training is inevitable for incoming folks now. So if we incoming trainees have an automatic restriction, how hard is it to train later in a manual if a new job opportunity presents itself later in life? Does that opportunity even exist once they see the restriction outright?

Splitter's Comment
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All very good advice, thanks.

Since you spoke on shift pattern, I have a question (Maybe more for Brett?).

Reading lots of the Prime folks articles and comments, it sounds like automatic training is inevitable for incoming folks now. So if we incoming trainees have an automatic restriction, how hard is it to train later in a manual if a new job opportunity presents itself later in life? Does that opportunity even exist once they see the restriction outright?

I can answer the first question. I know of people that did their PSD in autos & came to practice in a few days, then aced their tests. It’s easier to focus on the shifting when you don’t have to focus on backing or turning or just driving in general. Going out in an auto spares you that extra learning curve.

Are opportunities available later? Can’t say one way or another.

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.
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