Finally Gunna Get Started @ This New Chapter Of Life

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Ok, well, times FINALLY arrived to get my butt into a driving school seat ! Bit anxious too Either May 28th, or June 3rd, well I'm thinking why waste any more time, and take the 28th date!

The local WIOA ran out of funding last month or so, now they have it fixed, sort of. Which has kept me in a holding pattern

Seems this local school (Skyway) got on board thru the county to be training drivers Of course, they bumped up their rate for training of $2,000, to $5,000 ! Since county is footing the bill.....BUT, the county is only going to pay $3,500 from now on, so I was accepted at the school for $3500

Roadmasters has been trying to get it thru to accept me as well for that lower rate, but nothing yet. Too bad ,because I'd liked to drive for Werner, which I seen also hires from Skyway according to schools site..

I need to go with whoever comes thru first, and get 'r done! Don't really care from which school. Not used to being out of work and broke for so long ! Otherwise I would have just went with paid company training months ago.

Skyway only operates 5 days a week , from 8am-5pm and is just 6 or 7 miles from home. So it should be 4 weeks long....Their yards not very big graveled, they do have another yard few blocks away in the industrial area....Reviews weren't too good but hey I don't believe stuff til I see and experience it for myself.

Now, I was messaged from Covenant the other day, wanting me to go there, just like CRST ,,,no thanks to team driving.

And today May trucking called me today, after researching them, they could be a possibility too! Have to call the recruiter back and see, she mentioned in her voice mail I can get a pre-hire letter. Seeing they run 11 western and o.t.r, sounds tempting too.....Like to start out OTR , then go from there

So anyway, I need to call my case worker, and May trucking, and get full details etc and get this boat sailing! I do feel pretty confident, since my time here @ T.T has been so long, and a good learning experience, to keep my head screwed on straightin this industry.

I'm used to working lonnng hours, and some not even getting paid for, part of the job turning wrenches. Getting used to driving 10-12 hours will be next to get thru...Sleeping on a moving truck won't even be an issue lol

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.

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Good luck, Stevo. I found time went by really fast after I started school and it was a fascinating new experience.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Stevo!

Keep us posted. WIOA is "Special" to say the least!

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

Bird-one's Comment
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Always awesome, and exciting news Stevo. School will be a blast, and have heard good things about May. And heck you can always get your foot in the door with May and move on to Werner after a year. They're certainly not goinf anywhere anytime soon.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Eh so got voicemail from worker she has me set to start June 3rd, so be it then lol Still got a read end on buddies '02 yukon to fix now ! Had to fix an issue with the trac control and abs already.... I need to drive to get rest!

Been working on all their broken cars. Even went to Vegas to tow daughters '11 Camry here to replace her trans last week! After she "had" trans service done (They never touched it) $440 rip off's

Just put a used trans and clutch in bud's PT Cruiser then did his daughters car (I;mma tired of these PTs lol) Nice to have a resident free mechanic at hand hahahaha But that's how I roll, I help when needed, do get some good dinners out of it, so that's a plus

Ford just sent a Recall Guy out here to do airbag recall on his wife's 2006 Calif Edition Mustang! Haven't had time to take it to dealer, guess they have so many to do they have guys do house calls now!

Anyways enough chatter.....Can't wait to finally get trained....And spinnin' them wheels across the great vast lands of ours!

G-Town's Comment
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Wow...this is great news Steve. You’ve been on the forum longer than I have.

Good luck!

Stevo Reno's Comment
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So school begins Monday ! woot ! Finally, now to get 'r dun and pass it all lol anxious and a little excited...Fingerprint log in @ school surprised me a bit because of how the place looks! Small and kinda crappy, but never judge a book by it's cover, so I won't !! @ least it's real close to home, something like 7 miles. See 1 their trucks is being worked on too hmmm loldancing.gif

Marc Lee's Comment
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And so the adventure begins!

Enjoy the journey as well as the destination.

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well,day 1's in the books at school , 5 of us there well 6th guy came it at 1 pm from his job. Guess his company is paying to get his CDL he is a mechanic for them.

Video' 2 days DMV either Friday or Monday.

I see they are using day cab/35 ft pup trailer in yard, and for local road time. hmmmm. Will be watching 6 on air brakes today, barely got thru 2 long 1s on general knowledge, since video kept freezing up and had to rewind from start to where it froze, 350-400 questions sheeesh 7 times!

Heard there's 10 speeds in the yard trucks used, will see when its my time.....And of course I'm the oldest 1 in class hahahaha 1 kid looks like he's barely outta high school.....Tried give couple guys the link here to help em learn more on their own. It's still early...

Oh well, just going to worry about myself, and soak it all in

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Maybe this thread now better belongs in Training Diaries section?? Day 2 down pee test tomorrow, schools test Thursday (they say if we can pass theirs, DMVs is a cinch) So far am feeling pretty confident thus far after tons videos (very repetitive questions !! Probably over 500 so far, on combos now) lol DMV on Monday 10th I hear, possibly Friday, we'll see

Peace Out

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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