My Journey With Roehl Transport A Start To A Better Career

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Collin N.'s Comment
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Hello everyone. To start things off I’m kind of new here but have been surfing the forums and diaries for ages really enjoyed Winetasters and PJs diaries. I’m 23 years young and live in eastern Kentucky.

I’ve always been interested in trucking from a really young age. My grandpa used to pick up milk from farms, my Uncle currently drives for Swift, and a friend of the family drove for Aggro Liquid Fertilizer delivering well fertilizer so it’s in the blood. I’ve spent the last 5 years trying to find myself and could never really find anything I enjoyed. Everything from college to factory work. I did graduate with an associates degree in Culinary arts but food service isn’t for me. I’ve been working at a gas station for the past two years as night shift manager and honestly the pays alright but there’s nowhere to move up

So I finally decided to start looking into CDL training and got my short list of companies willing to help on that. Roehl and Swift. I’ve spoke to the Roehl recruiter the most she calls me daily. At Swift I have 3 different recruiters who I’ve talked to and call me regularly but don’t really seem that interested on telling me much till I get my CDL.

Well after finishing both PJs and WT diaries I’ve decided I’ll call Kesha on Monday morning and tell her I’m ready for the next step which is getting my DOT physical and taking my CDL permit test I’ve been studying the manual, using different apps and the training provided here for a solid 6 months now.

So until next time

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.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Good luck Collin, we'll be following along.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Collin N.'s Comment
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Thanks Turtle

So tomorrow’s the big day I’m kind of nervous because I haven’t had any sort of physical in a year do to the lack of insurance. I’m hoping they schedule it with the DOT chiropractor in town because otherwise the nearest DOT examiner for me is about 90 miles away. Wish me luck guys

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.

Banks's Comment
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Thanks Turtle

So tomorrow’s the big day I’m kind of nervous because I haven’t had any sort of physical in a year do to the lack of insurance. I’m hoping they schedule it with the DOT chiropractor in town because otherwise the nearest DOT examiner for me is about 90 miles away. Wish me luck guys

Don't sweat it. Chances are, insurance wouldn't pay for it anyway. The physical isn't anything crazy. From what I've heard, people generally struggle with blood pressure and/or vision. If you can see and your bp is good you'll have nothing to worry about. If you take any meds, make a list of them and the dosage to take with you.

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.

Irish Mike's Comment
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... I’ve decided I’ll call Kesha on Monday morning ...

Hah, hah, Kesha was my recruiter ... she's really nice. I was in your position just a few months ago.

As others have said, the physical is not that bad, and you're half my age, so you should be fine and would probably know of any possible trouble areas already (blood pressure, diabetes, heart rate ...).

You sound like you've studied well for the permit test ... I mainly did practice tests online, and my instructor said he had just done practice tests. If you can routinely pass online practice tests you can pass the actual tests.

Good luck on the physical and the permit test.

Don't know if you'd be headed to Wisconsin or Georgia, but when you get there, get to know your truck. Re-write the pre-trip info they give you into a logical order; if possible, record (with your phone) the instructor (or another student) when he demonstrates the pre-trip. (Take pictures if that's helpful.) Then listen to the recording, walk around a truck, recite it, visualize each part, understand why you're inspecting each part (brake hoses--safety; steering linkage--safety; power steering pump--safety...)

It's a lot of info coming at you fast, it's a boot camp, but stay focussed and determined and it will fly by. Good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brandon K.'s Comment
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I have also started the process with Roehl. Good luck!

Collin N.'s Comment
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Irish Mike she said either Marshfield or Gary based on openings available I’m looking at the Flatbed national fleet

Banks I’ll keep that in mind

Brandon best of luck to you.

Well I called her yesterday but got her voicemail. I left her one stating I was ready to take my CDL permit test around next week. I called again today to just see if I could catch her alas no luck but I’ll try again in the morning

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.
Collin N.'s Comment
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Sorry about the late reply but she finally got back to me and I’ve got my physical Monday morning at 10 am with a tentative start date of November 25 in Gary, IN training for the flatbed national fleet. I’m super excited.

Brandon K.'s Comment
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Sorry about the late reply but she finally got back to me and I’ve got my physical Monday morning at 10 am with a tentative start date of November 25 in Gary, IN training for the flatbed national fleet. I’m super excited.

It looks like I'm going to be at Gary on the 25th as well! Should know for sure tomorrow.

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