Wil-Trans Diary

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Soggybiscuits's Comment
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I have been interested in changing careers for a while and have been looking at truck driving. My uncle has been driving for 35 years and my cousin drove for the Army while completing 2 tours in Iraq so trucking isn’t a new concept to me; also my father worked for Northeast Great Dane repairing trailers in Massachusetts.

So I submitted an application to Wil-Trans and was called the next day and spoke with my recruiter Chris. We went over the usual information on the company such as the training process and benefits. So far I have a tentative start date of January 21, 2018. This is if everything goes smoothly. I do know that my MVR has been completed already and just waiting to hear from Chris tomorrow about any updates.

Apparently they only accept 6 students at a time and is very competitive. I was told there is a wait list which is why January 21 is the date.

Once I have an update I will post it. Feel free to hand out advice for this newbie confused.gif

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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Not a driver yet but... have you started working on the High Road Training here as well as reviewing Daniel B's pretrip study guide?

Soggybiscuits's Comment
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Not a driver yet but... have you started working on the High Road Training here as well as reviewing Daniel B's pretrip study guide?

Yes I have. I have gone through all of the permit information and have taken numerous practice tests. I also did a few of the endorsements as well just for giggles. I actually just came across the pretrip study guide the other day and the acronyms that he uses (PMS- properly mounted and secured, CBB- cracked bent or broken, and ABC - abrasions, bulges, and cuts)helped me to remember the wording needed for the pretrip.

Soggybiscuits's Comment
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Well I spoke with my recruiter this morning, and he asked if I had gotten an email form them to which I replied that I did not. He just said to keep an eye out for an email. So that makes me nervous. In my experience, emails are bad news and phone calls usually contain good news. I'm a little anxious to see what the email contains and a little sad because I am expecting the worst news. confused.gif

G-Town's Comment
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Not the only game in town:

Paid CDL Training Programs

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.
Solo's Comment
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Not the only game in town:

Paid CDL Training Programs

^^^This is correct.

They are recruiters trying to pump you up. Wil-Trans , behind CR England, but before CFI, Rohel, TMC, KLLM, Stevens Transport, all made pre-hire offers to me and I could have started within 30-days if I wanted to with any of them.

I ultimately went w/ TMC.

Not to say Wil-Trans isn't a good option, just don't let them lead you to believe that they are the only team hiring.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Soggybiscuits's Comment
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G-Town: You are absolutely right! I got a little down on myself but I spoke with my uncle who has been driving for 30+ years and he said don't worry there are plenty of other companies out there. He definitely right because I may be going with Swift either at the end of this month or next month! So that made me feel better. I just need to get my permit (which I am doing this Friday) and I will be scheduled for Memphis.

Update: I apologize for not updating but I have been busy. So i never did get that email from them and no phone calls. So I have moved on and will probably be going with Swift with training in Memphis TN. I have my DOT physical done and getting my permit this Friday. I will hear back from my recruiter by next Monday hopefully with the go ahead. :-)

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.

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