Stevens Transport School In Denver

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Cj W.'s Comment
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Arrived in Denver about 2 am and contacted the number that I had been previously provided by the schoolhouse to arrange a shuttle ride from the airport. The van arrived in about 30 minutes and the drive out to Keensburg took about the same. Small town in a rural area. I saw a Dollar General on the way in and there is a little cafe, grocery store, post office, and laundromat just around the corner from the house. We stopped by the office and got a copy of the Colorado CDL manual to continue studying and prepare for the permit test on Thursday. We were told to be ready to go at 8 am to head down for DOT physicals and drug tests in the morning followed by a study session in the afternoon.

The house. I am not here to complain about the accommodation I am here to get the best training I can get and I have been told they are great at that part. Apparently the school owns/leases several houses in the town that the students share while attending the course. It is not a hotel, it is a house. 3 bedroom/2 bath with a dining room, living room, and kitchen. Each room has two sets of bunk beds so we can house up to 12 students in this house. The decor is straight 70's from the maroon and green shag carpet to the foil pattern wall paper. House rules are posted on the wall and are pretty simple for any adult to follow. Clean up after yourself, only eat what you buy, no booze no women. It's not the Ritz Carlton but I is a place to lay my head down at night, shower in the morning, and study in the meantime.

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.

Cj W.'s Comment
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On sunday about 8 am me and 6 other guys went down to the truck stop to get our dot physicals done. It last for a couple of hours. When we were done we went to the classroom to start studying for the cdl permit test for thursday. After that went back to the house and got some rest. On monday the 30th we started class at 7 am. Basically we went over all the contracts for stevens. So far the up front costs are $100 dot physicals, $90 housing, $75 for cdl permit and class a licence. Also will need survival money to live off for 3 weeks.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Very cool CJ!

You guys back at it? What did they have you do during New Years?

Cj W.'s Comment
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Hey Brett. Basically on new years day we had the day off to prepare for our written exams. On thursday we went to the dmv to take our written exams. It took about three hours for 9 guys to test in our class. Glad to say that we had a 100% pass rate on the exams. On friday we reported to the yard to begin learning pre-trip inspection and also straight line backing.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Rockin' Rick's Comment
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How are things going, CJ?

I'm considering Stevens after I finish school in SC. Two more weeks....

Cj W.'s Comment
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Hey Rick. Things are going pretty good. I'm in my last week of school, I am scheduled to take my cdl test on wednesday. Once I pass I will be reporting to dallas for orientation on sunday. Good luck with school.

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.
Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Guess I will see you here in about a week. Good luck!

Cj W.'s Comment
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Thanks Syetlana. It be me and 20 other guys if we all pass.

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