Water Guy Headed To Prime Inc

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Friends, today at 1200 I left Houston on a greyhound bus in route to Dallas, Oklahoma City, then Springfield MO as I begin my journey to Prime Inc for trucking school / orientation.

So far it has been a peaceful ride. Thanks to Jesus !

Thorpester's Comment
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Good luck to you! I'm getting ready to drive to CA from Springfield. I finished my orientation week. Today is the beginning of my 2nd week. You'll enjoy your time here if you're coachable and humble. I'm sure you will do fine! Best regards.

Friends, today at 1200 I left Houston on a greyhound bus in route to Dallas, Oklahoma City, then Springfield MO as I begin my journey to Prime Inc for trucking school / orientation.

So far it has been a peaceful ride. Thanks to Jesus !

PackRat's Comment
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Good luck on the Greyhound trip, and at the final destination for Prime schooling! good-luck.gif

Anthony's Comment
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0700 finally Greyhound managed to get me to Springfield, MO. Now I remember why I fly, bit I guess it was an adventure. Definitely not as bad as some have had.

Folks at the hotel seem nice, and all the Prime trucks sure get the excitement up.

Happy Memorial Day !!!

PackRat's Comment
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Good to see that part of the adventure is over with. good-luck.gif

Turtle's Comment
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Best of luck to ya, H2O. Let us know know how it's going.good-luck.gif

Anthony's Comment
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Update...

Monday was a holiday so, I spent most the day studying for the permit and filing out paperwork at Prime.

Nice walk down to Walmart to pick up a few groceries because the cafeteria was closed.

Met a roommate that was about to upgrade to his own flatbed truck. Poor guy had 3,000 miles left to complete his TNT and his trainer quit and went home. Felt sorry for the guy having to wait for a new trainer for just that.

Tuesday, got to try the breakfast at Prime PSD cafeteria. Most food has a price, they allow so much per meal free, then if you go over the cost, you pay the difference.

Everything was hectic and lines were backed up getting all the paperwork, drug screening, and physical completed but I managed to get all but 8 videos done and completed 2 simulators. That's kinda cool, but the first time can be a little sea sick feeling until you get use to it.

I will say so far, it's a great group of folks here at Prime. Very nice and professional but you can tell they get their share of idiots... Not to be rude but true. Lol

Permit testing tomorrow !!! Good night.

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.

Anthony's Comment
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Wednesday PSD ...

First Pretrip class... Very impressive how they teach you and the instructor apearently wins awards for driver competitions.

First DMV trip to get permit. Passed all the first time, thanks to The High Road Training here on Trucking Truth !

All happy to knock it all out in one trip, then a old version of a original Mississippi birth certificate isn't valid as of 2011 ?! Thanks for the heads up Mississippi ! ... Now just waiting on the mail.

Got the CBTs done and ready for Sim class.

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.

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.
Anthony's Comment
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Thursday, new birth certificate finally came in. The Missouri DMV is now happy, and I have a CDL permit in hand !

While at Prime I have met a great group of folks. Trainers and instructors put up with a lot of crap from people and tolerate a lot of lazy or silly people. They definitely show their helpful and professional culture to those who actually try, listen, and meet tasks in a timely manner.

So thankful I chose Prime and the High Road training guide !

Now I hope a pray for a good trainer I can learn from and enjoy the next adventure.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Army 's Comment
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Great job, impressed how quick that birth certificate got to you. Way to go. Enjoy training.

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