Starting School At Career Tech... Got Questions!

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EJ C.'s Comment
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So I'm starting my new trucking career next Monday on the 7th with PAM Transport. They are sending me to Career-Tech in Lakeland, FL for 4 weeks of CDL training where I will hopefully pass and get licensed. I've always been a fan of driving; and always wondered how I could get paid well for doing so. Trucking seems to be the answer; just gotta get from driving AWD sports cars to hauling ass in a big rig.... OH YEAH 😂

Don't worry about informing me about the job itself; I'm pretty well informed about how ass whooping this first year is gonna be.... but I'm in it to win it if I can get me a CDL and get paid to do it ;)

My concerns are more for the school; scoured this whole forum and I couldn't find much about it. Honestly my biggest and really only concern is the class schedule; particularly the DOT drug test and physical. Will my DOTs get done on the first or second day of school? According to the class schedule on the Driver Solutions page; it says DOT Physical and Drug Screen on 2nd day of school... but when I asked my recruiter about it, she said the Drug Screen would be done on the first day and the physical on the second day. I need confirmation of this if possible... No, no, no... I'm not trying to cheat or adulterate my urine test, quite the contrary. I drink nothing but water, like literally I won't touch anything else unless I'm out at a nice restaurant for a special occasion. This has caused me trouble with urine tests in the past; I would say out of 6 Drug tests I've taken in my life, I have had 4 retakes due to dilution in my urine. I also haven't smoked pot since high school in 2012. So considering that the best career I've ever had might be at stake if I fail a drug test if they think I'm purposely diluting my urine; I'd like to know what day I might be whizzing so I can lay off the H20 and maybe get some powerade or juice to get some color in me for my test. So if anyone has any experience or a link to a topic I might have missed that answers my question... please let know :)

Happy trucking folks!

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Have you ever popped hot on a drug test? Please be honest.

Sorry, but your question is just a bit odd, what difference does the order make? Drink Gatoraid on both days if you are that concerned about it.

I too hydrate, 95% water, I’ve been random tested more times than I remember and never had to retest because of dilution.

Keep something in mind; hair follical is becoming the norm.

Turtle's Comment
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Drink Gatoraid on both days if you are that concerned about it.

^^This ^^. Problem solved.

I pound water like crazy, seriously up to a gallon a day, and a random test doesn't concern me.

In your case you know you'll be tested on the 1st or 2nd day. Mix it up a bit or maybe drink a little less.

Good luck.

EJ C.'s Comment
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Have you ever popped hot on a drug test? Please be honest.

Sorry, but your question is just a bit odd, what difference does the order make? Drink Gatoraid on both days if you are that concerned about it.

I too hydrate, 95% water, I’ve been random tested more times than I remember and never had to retest because of dilution.

Keep something in mind; hair follical is becoming the norm.

It'a definitely an odd question I agree 100%. But I've always ****ed clean on all those retests, I'm apparently one of those guys who ****es water apparently and I just would rather have my urine be good on my first try. Cause if it's diluted they might give me a chance to retest or what I'm afraid of, is they kicking me cause they think I did it on purpose. So I'm just tryna watch my ass... but yeah, I'll just drink some Gatorade my first few days... I was more concerned if they allow retests or not if I somehow overdilute myself is all. Thanks for the help guys :)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
James S.'s Comment
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The first time I took a **** test I didn’t know it was coming and must have been dehydrated. I sat in that office for an hour and drank 11 cups of water before I could take care of business. The next test I knew about, so I drank an entire pot of tea prior and the test came back as possibly diluted(retested the next day with an observer). So now I just try not to be dehydrated and drink a normal amount. No problems for 25 years.

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