Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Usually I take newbies out to dinner...so when we meet up again food is on me.

SLC is too cold for.me hahahha

CK's Comment
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Usually I take newbies out to dinner...so when we meet up again food is on me.

SLC is too cold for.me hahahha

Awww, thanks! I'm looking forward to it! It was nice meeting you!

And, I didn't end up in the dungeon. lol

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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And, I didn't end up in the dungeon. lol

theres still.time lol

CK's Comment
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Day 7: Straight backing and offset backing on the pad. Did very well with straight back, not as well with offsets. That'll come soon.

Day 8: Major winter storm today with about 5 inches of snow. Problems with the tractors and heavy snowfall put us inside most of the day. We did do a chaining class, which will be by useful in the field, spent a lot of time with the simulator and running through pre-trip PowerPoints over and over.

The highlight of today was meeting Rainy. She is as friendly and helpful in person as she is on here and I'm very grateful for her support and assistance. Hoping to see you again soon, Rainy!

Now, time to get a Lyft to Walmart for food and blue dawn dish soap to clean the fifth wheel grease off my jacket!

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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CK,

This is great reading about your progress. Didn't think about actually meeting Rainy so early in the company.

Going for my medical on Friday so I can hopefully head that way soon after you. Please keep us posted and stay safe.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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CK,

This is great reading about your progress. Didn't think about actually meeting Rainy so early in the company.

Going for my medical on Friday so I can hopefully head that way soon after you. Please keep us posted and stay safe.

Unfortunately, CK was in class so i just stopped in to say hello and left.

Funny thing about Prime is that we truly are like a family. A lot of drivers feel at "home" here. When they created our new entry gate, they never moved the "Welcome Home" sign. As silly as it sounds...it makes a difference and drivers are saddened not to see it. Im going to have to mention it to someone lol

Even with 8,000 drivers, you get to know each other and run the same routes and customers. My TnT just saw a woman here at the SLC terminal who upgraded when he tested out.

Funny story real quick. A couple years ago, my truck was in the SLC shop and i waited for a shuttle to the hotel. A husband and wife team played with my cat for a couple hours. FOUR months later, Im at an Illinois Petro and they are outside my truck waving to my cat sitting in the window "Look! It's Goofball!!!" Seriously, they didnt know my truck number or color...but recognized my cat. smh

I love it! You get to know the mechanics and dispatchers and even the drivers.

ok...returning the thread and brag over lol

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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CK,

This is great reading about your progress. Didn't think about actually meeting Rainy so early in the company.

Going for my medical on Friday so I can hopefully head that way soon after you. Please keep us posted and stay safe.

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Unfortunately, CK was in class so i just stopped in to say hello and left.

Funny thing about Prime is that we truly are like a family. A lot of drivers feel at "home" here. When they created our new entry gate, they never moved the "Welcome Home" sign. As silly as it sounds...it makes a difference and drivers are saddened not to see it. Im going to have to mention it to someone lol

Even with 8,000 drivers, you get to know each other and run the same routes and customers. My TnT just saw a woman here at the SLC terminal who upgraded when he tested out.

Funny story real quick. A couple years ago, my truck was in the SLC shop and i waited for a shuttle to the hotel. A husband and wife team played with my cat for a couple hours. FOUR months later, Im at an Illinois Petro and they are outside my truck waving to my cat sitting in the window "Look! It's Goofball!!!" Seriously, they didnt know my truck number or color...but recognized my cat. smh

I love it! You get to know the mechanics and dispatchers and even the drivers.

ok...returning the thread and brag over lol

Funny to think I lived in a compound about 500 yards in diameter from every member of the 400 plus battalion of Marines I served with (1/4 in Pendleton) for 4 years, and I'm positive I wouldn't have been able to verify more than half of them as belonging there if I had to. Recognizing a cat is pretty funny.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

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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I absolutely feel the family vibe here. There's even a trainer who constantly calls us "fam" or "family." Others who leave and come back tell us that this is their home. I have made several very good friendships among my classmates, and they feel like family already.

CK's Comment
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Day 9, 10 and 11:

More practice backing. There have been issues with the training trucks, but given the small amount of students on the pad it really isn't an issue - we are all getting plenty of time and attention to get everything down. I've found my own reference points for offset backing and an now feeling really good about it. Looking forward to tomorrow when we will begin parallel parking. We have also started working on the in-cab inspection and will be studying that heavily this evening.

A word of caution and reminder to everyone considering a career in this industry: Zero Tolerance drug and alcohol policies are nothing to mess with. This is not limited to a drug test. If you violate these policies, they have ways of knowing. I do not know details, but someone in my training group was sent home for violating this policy.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Lots of people stupidly drink during training, get caught and get sent home. i swear Prime has spies in the local bars. Every couple weeks i hear someone got sent home for this. dumb.just dumb.

you are doing great! keep at it

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