Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

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Day 3:

Logbook class first thing this morning covering both paper and E-Logs on the Qualcomm.

Tire class - we learned all about the tires used here and how to get the most out of them. We took a tour of the maintenance facilities, and learned how to pre-trip the tractor and trailer tires, wheels, brakes and suspension components, as well as the Right Weigh, the trailer skirt and tails, reefer unit and tire inflation system.

Then we had a class on the DT12 automatic transmission. Followed by a class on the pre-trip inspection.

Tomorrow we'll be out on the pad working on pre-trips. Others are starting to get calls from trainers, though I haven't yet. Those who do not have trainers assigned will be staying in SLC and training on the pad, which isn't a bad thing for PSD.

Homework tonight - study the pre-trip!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
CK's Comment
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Day Four:

Those who already have their CDL left today for TNT. The class split in half today, with half going outside in the morning and half staying inside to run the simulator. I was outside in the morning, where we pre tripped the outside of a tractor. We went through it with a trainer, and then spent the rest of the time quizzing each other and independently walking around running through the pre-trip. A pad trainer was always around to answer questions.

After lunch, my half of the class went back inside up to the simulator and ran through several backing exercises. It's really not that difficult, it just takes a little bit of practice to figure out exactly how the truck will react to different inputs.

Study group in an hour to run through pre-trip over dinner.

Great attitudes from everybody, trainees and staff, and I couldn't be happier. We also heard from more people who left the company and came running back, they all agree that Prime is the right place to be.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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We also heard from more people who left the company and came running back, they all agree that Prime is the right place to be.

Turtle and I told you that

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Good to see your awesome attitude. keep it up

CK's Comment
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Lol, I know you did! I just love the fact that so many people share that opinion. smile.gif

CK's Comment
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Day 5:

Many of our class have left with trainers, but there are a handful of us who are left without PSD instructors to take us OTR , so we'll be training on the pad (for now) and I'm perfectly fine with that.

We spent the entire day outside following the morning safety meeting doing pre-trips on the engine compartment and drivers side door and fuel area. The instructors ran practice evaluations for the engine compartment and I passed with a 100% my first time, so they made the "practice" one the "final" one.

The two of us that did real evaluations and passed 100% were told to work on the drivers side door and fuel area and be ready to go in the morning. We both volunteered to go immediately and both passed 100%. We went on to help anyone who was having trouble for a while until the instructors said it was time to wrap it up for the day.

We start coupling and uncoupling tomorrow since we are ahead. Looking forward to it! :-D

The pad instructors are friendly, knowledgeable, honest and hilarious. They say we're family in this company and I definitely see that and you know they mean it.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
CK's Comment
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Day 6:

Training on the pad continues. Today we did pre-trips on the coupling area and trailer. I passed the first time through, along with two others. The three of us that passed begin backing first thing tomorrow morning on the pad. A major winter storm is about to start moving through the area with forecasted snow accumulations up to 8 inches, so that will add some new challenges as well.

Really looking forward to tomorrow!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My TNT will be in PRISLC tonight!!!!

what time do u get to the terminal?

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

CK's Comment
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My TNT will be in PRISLC tonight!!!!

what time do u get to the terminal?

Yay! I'll be there right before 7 am and we're on the pad.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Christopher G.'s Comment
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Hey I may have missed it CK but I was curious how many students were in your class I know I've hear like 90 on average at Missouri's terminal I was curious about the number in utah

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.

CK's Comment
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Hey I may have missed it CK but I was curious how many students were in your class I know I've hear like 90 on average at Missouri's terminal I was curious about the number in utah

We're a lot smaller over here. In orientation we only has about 15. At this point, several have left with PSD trainees, the folks with their CDL are not required to show up anymore until their trainers get here for TNT , the CDL holders who are leasing are signing their leases today and likely taking off after this storm calms down.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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