TMC CDL (in-house) Training Day 1

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Old School's Comment
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The instructor had me navigate around a Walmart with snow/ice and ~60k lbs on the deck

Solo, is that a typo? That much weight on the deck would likely have you overweight. I'm not picking at you - I'm loving your diary reports. I'm just curious. Maybe you meant 60k gross weight?

Solo's Comment
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The instructor had me navigate around a Walmart with snow/ice and ~60k lbs on the deck

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Solo, is that a typo? That much weight on the deck would likely have you overweight. I'm not picking at you - I'm loving your diary reports. I'm just curious. Maybe you meant 60k gross weight?

Yes, it was a typo. I misspoke.

We had 6 Jersey barriers on the trailer (we drove w/ 0, 2, 4, & 6 barriers throughout training), and I've now completely drawn a blank on their weight.

Solo's Comment
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Well, today was the final day of our 3-week orientation.

We did final admin clean-up with being issued our fuel cards, driver coord and driver trainer contact numbers, and expectations of training over the next 5 weeks, etc.

We were given our rental car assignments and gas money.

Did a facebook video of the 2-week experienced drivers (changing from one company to TMC) and the 10 of us that just earned our CDL. https://www.facebook.com/tmctrans/videos/313320129294526/

All but a few of us loaded up on the bus heading to the airport to get into rental cars, and I headed back to Sioux Falls to hopefully get my CDL tomorrow morning first thing, then driving right back down to Des Moines to meet my trainer and thankfully can leave my car at the terminal , and not have to shell out for vehicle storage like my original plan had me doing.

My trainer called me while he was on his way back home to IL and while I was heading north to SD. Seemed like a nice guy and gave me a packing list, etc.

He'll pick me up at the Des Moines terminal Sunday PM for a am delivery in OK Monday.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.
Old School's Comment
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It's getting real now - Congratulations!

Solo's Comment
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Welp, it's now official. I'm a holder of a Professional Class A CDL w/ HAZMAT/Tanker & Doubles-Triples Endorsements. I also have my Passport, TWIC as well as FAST North ID Cards.

No Auto Restrictions, though I hope to be issued one...kind of.

Heading back down to Des Moines now, to meet up w/ my trainer tomorrow evening and heading out to Oklahoma, then anyone's guess from there!

#pumped

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

FreakTrain's Comment
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Congrats, Solo, be safe out there. Best of luck to you on your new adventure.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Congratulations!

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations!

We are pumped ourselves. We really enjoy seeing you guys progress through these steps. Some of the toughest steps still lie ahead, but you certainly have handled yourself well this far. Keep it up my friend!

Turtle's Comment
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This is such an awesome thread to read, Solo. Congratulations and keep it up!

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PackRat's Comment
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