CDL Training At A Local College Truck Driving Academy

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Brent R.'s Comment
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Yea I’m sure I will

Brent R.'s Comment
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Drove in city again today before ice melted so was interesting to drive on snow/ice on some of the less traveled roads, was good experience still having issues down shifting and getting rpms correct but I’m getting better at not grinding gears, worked on parallel parking and off set parking also, backing is one of my strengths so far,

Brent R.'s Comment
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More City and some highway driving today, also practiced off set and parallel parking was in truck from 8-345, good day lots of practice and much more confidence now operating a truck, each day I get better and gain more confidence, this is the 4th week, we should start testing week after thanksgiving, this Academy is State Certified to give us the test instead of having to go to the local DPS office, my plan is to also take the Hazmat and Double and Triples exam when I pass my driving test and go to the DPS office to get my CDL.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Eggman's Comment
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This school sounds awesome! Sounds like your doing great. Thanks for posting your experiences!

Brent R.'s Comment
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Thanks eggman I appreciate it,

Brent R.'s Comment
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All driving and parallel parking today, was a good day improved a lot, also found out that Fed Ex, UPS, Walmart, Werner, and Schneider will be at our school in a few weeks recruiting, there will be more but that’s just what I heard today, short week next week due to holiday, if I don’t test next week I should be testing week after,

G-Town's Comment
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All driving and parallel parking today, was a good day improved a lot, also found out that Fed Ex, UPS, Walmart, Werner, and Schneider will be at our school in a few weeks recruiting, there will be more but that’s just what I heard today, short week next week due to holiday, if I don’t test next week I should be testing week after,

Walmart? Are you sure it’s Walmart’s Private Fleet (WMPF)?

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They require a minimum of 30 months accident free experience. And that’s the minimum. I can guarantee it’s one of the mega-carriers recruiting for a Walmart Dedicated Account.

I have been on a NE regional Walmart Dedicated account through Swift for many years. WMPF does not hire rookies and is extremely selective. Not trying to rain on your parade, it’s not what you think it is.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Brent R.'s Comment
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Was just told Walmart that’s all they said, not raining on my parade.

G-Town's Comment
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WMPF is Hiring

Once you click the link, scroll to the bottom of the page for driver opportunities. There is a minimum qualifications section at the bottom of each listing.

Brent R.'s Comment
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G-Town all I know is they said Walmart, Yes I know what their qualifications are, yes I know no-one in the class will meet what they have posted as far as qualifications, we have 2 instructors who retired from Walmart both 20+ years each and I have spoken to one in length about his job when he was there, I was just posting what I was told, as I stated earlier your not raining on my parade i really could care less.

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