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Scott D.'s Comment
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Well first off. iv been lurking for about 3-4 weeks or so. I start classes on monday. grew up on a farm driving everything a looong time ago. passed all my writen tests at the branch today for my permit after my DOT phys is done. should be a fun adventure.

PS.. i promise im not like that Jason guy i just read all about..... goodness lol

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Classes where?

We like details here!

(And the jucier the better!)

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RealDiehl's Comment
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PS.. i promise im not like that Jason guy i just read all about..... goodness lol

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Welcome, Scott! Just curious...are you going to be doing company sponsored training or are you going to a private cdl school. Have you considered any companies yet?

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Splitter's Comment
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Welcome Scott. Good luck on your journey. Since you've been lurking, I'm sure you know the drill with the links. Congrats on get your CLP & continued success.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Scott D.'s Comment
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PS.. i promise im not like that Jason guy i just read all about..... goodness lol

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Welcome, Scott! Just curious...are you going to be doing company sponsored training or are you going to a private cdl school. Have you considered any companies yet?

i considered both options.. have talked to a few companies for pure sponsor ect, but my local school is 4 miles from my house. TDI out of Whiteland, IN. atm im looking at US express and Schneider. also been having some good talks with Mcelroy. in the end and asking family opinions we felt that me paying for the school myself upfront would open far many more doors and give me more time to decide on which company i choose. im single and no kids, but own my own house and have 3 cats. So home for the 34 and a possible stop home for 10hr would be great.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Scott D.'s Comment
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Did my last post not go through? lol

Scott D.'s Comment
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Welcome Scott. Good luck on your journey. Since you've been lurking, I'm sure you know the drill with the links. Congrats on get your CLP & continued success.

i should probably clarify that some.. by "lurking" kinda meant more of read every single link, post, google search ect xD

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Scott D.'s Comment
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And tests i passed, General, Brakes, Combi, and Tanker. never did more then a skim over the state manual. most is just common sense imo. Then again in my background give me something to drive or operate i can figure it out within an hour or so. (Tractors and 12-17' attached tools at age 8 solo ect.)

Splitter's Comment
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And tests i passed, General, Brakes, Combi, and Tanker. never did more then a skim over the state manual. most is just common sense imo. Then again in my background give me something to drive or operate i can figure it out within an hour or so. (Tractors and 12-17' attached tools at age 8 solo ect.)

One of orientation coordinators (he now runs our Pittston, PA terminal) told us a story of how his dad would throw rocks at him while he learned to drive the machinery on their farm. I was born in a small farming village in the Dominican Republic but no machinery there. It was all old school with horses & these bulls that had huge humps. All organic too. Left when I was 7 & grew up in NYC.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Scott D.'s Comment
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And tests i passed, General, Brakes, Combi, and Tanker. never did more then a skim over the state manual. most is just common sense imo. Then again in my background give me something to drive or operate i can figure it out within an hour or so. (Tractors and 12-17' attached tools at age 8 solo ect.)

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One of orientation coordinators (he now runs our Pittston, PA terminal) told us a story of how his dad would throw rocks at him while he learned to drive the machinery on their farm. I was born in a small farming village in the Dominican Republic but no machinery there. It was all old school with horses & these bulls that had huge humps. All organic too. Left when I was 7 & grew up in NYC.

We grew sod (Grass). no animals. so lots and lots of mowing ect

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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