Waiting List For Maverick’s CDL Sponsorship

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Norman J.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I am in North Little Rock and start orientation tomorrow. I’m excited and scared. I’m a bit nervous Bout the agility test. I’m built like an old cadilac....low to the ground and pretty heavy. Anyway, I’ll try to keep up my posts on here. If I make it through orientation, I go straight into CDL school.

Hey Ruck how is orientation going it’s been a few days hope things are good

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.
Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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Good luck, Ruck. I LoLed for real at your "built like an old Cadillac" comment. We hope to hear good news from you and wish you the best!

David L.'s Comment
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Hey Ruck, I've been reading through your thread due to you going to Maverick paid CDL Training, I sent the application in and am going to be calling a Recruiter soon. Looking forward to reading more from your experiences in their training. Did you pay your way to Training School, or did they pay your way?, just wondered, and how did you get there bus,plane train?

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.
Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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David L, Here’s how it works. They will pay for a Greyhound ticket for you. But if you are like me...I did not really want to apend 23-1/2 hours on a bus when I could drive it in 11-1/2. So they gave me that option amd they WILL re-imburse you up to the cost of what the greyhound ticket would cost. However, you won’t get your re-imbursement money until your first “paycheck” with them. If you are doing the CDL sponsorship program then that means no pay check until AFTER CDL school. But they do give you a pre-paid credit card when you go to CDL school. Look below for my post on Orientation week. Hope this helps. And good luck!!!

Hey Ruck, I've been reading through your thread due to you going to Maverick paid CDL Training, I sent the application in and am going to be calling a Recruiter soon. Looking forward to reading more from your experiences in their training. Did you pay your way to Training School, or did they pay your way?, just wondered, and how did you get there bus,plane train?

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.
Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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Hey everyone!! Sorry for the delay in posting. Here is a step by step on my orientation. *Day 1. Which will be a Sunday: 06:30 - Arrive at Maverick’s student lounge. 07:00 - Class begins. You meet your instructors and they begin to go over expectations and the Maverick way. I am gonna put this the best way I can. Do not go there expecting to be a slacker or be in an unstructured environment! They have rules and thise rules will be followed. That may sound mean or harsh, but it is not a bad thing at all. I thrive in that type of environment! ABSOLUTELY DO NOT be late! Period! Do not be rude. These are very important to the Maverick Way. Think about this....who do the customers (shippers and recievers) enteract with the most?...US, the driver. So if you can’t be on time for class and you are rude to the instructors, how can they trust that you will make deliveries on time and be polite to customers? Between 07:00 and 11:00 - Filling out paperwork for work 11:00 - Lunch 11:30 - Back from Lunch and continue working on paperwork. Also some lessons in map reading and trip planning. They want to ensure that if something happens to modern technology (if your gps and omnitrax break), that you can get where you need to get. It isn’t too hard once you get the hang of it. 16:15 - Q/A time I will not put an end of day time because it varies from day to day. *Day 2. Monday (no breakfast today) 06:00 Class starts. Today is DOT Physical and Maverick Physical Abilities testing day. They usually take about 6 back at a time. The ones still in the classroom do work on the conputer (different videos and evaluations on those videos). This goes on until everyone is done with everything. Lunch is served in there somewhere! I want to tell anyone who is thinking about going to Maverick and are worried about the abilities test. Do not give up on an ability. Keep trying until you are physically unable to go on. And THINK OUSIDE THE BOX on the climbing obstacle, do not be afraid to ask if you can re-stack or re-arrange something that is there to help you. *Day 3. Tuesday If you make it to this point CONGRATS!! (Just so you know, no one failed the abilities in my class. Even this old Cadillac!!) 06:30 - Breakfast 07:00 - Class starts. This is where things will differ for other classes. My class fell on a holiday so it made things different. Do not misunderstand, you WILL have class even on holidays as far as I know. We sure did. But it is because there is so much that has to be done. 11:00 - Lunch 11:30 - back to class and more mapping and videos and evaluations. *Day 4. Wednesday 06:30 - Breakfast 07:00 - Class starts. At some point through the week you will meet with HR and go over their benifits. *Day 5. Thursday If you are in the ASUN program you will be going to Newport Arkansas. Not sure what happens if you are in the MDA (Macerick Driving Academy)

And that is orientation week. Once at Newport you go to the college and get registered. Friday is DMV day to get your license switched to an Arkansas Drivers license.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael S.'s Comment
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I'm currently enrolled in Diesel Driving School in Sun Prairie, WI. Two weeks through the three week program and I'm extremely impressed with the school. My instructor (Jim) is the same age as me (66) and has been an instructor there for over 30 years! He really knows his stuff and how to teach it. Every time I have difficulty, Jim finds a way to explain it or demonstrate it so I can understand what to do and how to do it. At this point in the course, I appreciate that the school teaches what is essential to pass the CDL pre trip and driving exam, which will be next week. Teaching us to be "truck drivers" is secondary to the CDL test skills. Being a real "truck driver" will come after I get my CDL and hire on with a company and go through their training program and then go solo. When I've completed 1 year with the same company, then and only then I might consider myself a "truck driver". All of this I have learned right here on Trucking Truth. Good luck Jason. And before you accept a job, consult with as many unbiased people as possible. I've been able to do this because I'm going to an independent school without ties to any one company. All the company recruiting presentations are interesting, but we all need objective advice before make the big decision.

Wow, that brings back memories , I went through DDS Sun Prairie about 25 years ago on my first go round, and I do remember Jim, all the instructors there were great, have nothing but good to say about that 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.
David L.'s Comment
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Thanks for that info, I was thinking of taking Amtrak as far as I could and a bus the rest of the way if I couldn't get all the way there with the train.

David L, Here’s how it works. They will pay for a Greyhound ticket for you. But if you are like me...I did not really want to apend 23-1/2 hours on a bus when I could drive it in 11-1/2. So they gave me that option amd they WILL re-imburse you up to the cost of what the greyhound ticket would cost. However, you won’t get your re-imbursement money until your first “paycheck” with them. If you are doing the CDL sponsorship program then that means no pay check until AFTER CDL school. But they do give you a pre-paid credit card when you go to CDL school. Look below for my post on Orientation week. Hope this helps. And good luck!!!

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Hey Ruck, I've been reading through your thread due to you going to Maverick paid CDL Training, I sent the application in and am going to be calling a Recruiter soon. Looking forward to reading more from your experiences in their training. Did you pay your way to Training School, or did they pay your way?, just wondered, and how did you get there bus,plane train?

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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.
Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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UPDATE 1-10-19. PASSED MY WRITTEN! More to come later this evening.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Sir! See there, being built like an old Cadillac hasn't hurt you yet!

Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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Hahha. True!

Congratulations Sir! See there, being built like an old Cadillac hasn't hurt you yet!

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