Training With Pam Transportation Started On 10/21/2019.

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Victor C. II's Comment
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I am humbled and amazed that I get this opportunity after the splash I had with Swift due to my own stupidity and laziness and fear of hurting someones feelings. Now I know better and will learn from it. So we started orientation at 6:30am and some of us came in around 6:40 or even when they aimed official start time at 6:45am. It began with a lot of paper work and urinalysis and now a physical. Im still waiting in line. I am excited and nervous. Just as much as when I started with Swift Transportation. What excites me is that we get to go 65mph. Some at 62mph. Will keep you updated. The hotel where we are has a full kitchen in it. Im going out to buy food to dine in cause I really dont want to spend above what I need at this point. Have a splendid day!

Turtle's Comment
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So we started orientation at 6:30am and some of us came in around 6:40 or even when they aimed official start time at 6:45am.

In the trucking business,

"Early is on time, and on time is late."

Do yourself a favor and show up early for everything. The entire orientation process is one big interview, and highly competitive. Make yourself stand out. They are watching.

Best of luck to you, and keep us updated when you can.

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Victor C. II's Comment
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Well you all I am back like pepper Jack back! So we have had a LOT of testing going on in the beginning. I have been asking both dumb, smart and intelligent questions so I can ace every test. Im waiting on one test score to come back but I am glad to report these test scores. So we took like 3 major tests today and I got 88% on entry level driver training test and 96% on DOT written examination , 100% on air brakes, 92% on hazmat , 100% on tankers. Im happy I am doing well. I am waiting on my trip planning test results. I past my physical with a 20 in my right I and 15 in my left and 20/15 for both my eyes together. All vitals are good and I have no problems so far which is nice. I bought a $11.47 book bag to make it easier taking things around. Lots of space and pockets and I have room to put to water bottles or what not and it comes with a cell phone pocket. We started on pretrip and it honestly is coming back to me though now I have to study a Indiana Pretrip which is different than Virginias really detailed pretrip. I looked up the most strick and detailed pretrips so that when I am on my own I can memorize them to the T too and then I will have a much safer truck and less break downs or time off the road. Is there a place I can get a pretrip inspection checklist lamenated so I can just dry erase them everyday as I do my pretrips everyday? Well thats it so far. I was worried about signing a contract because of my underconfidence and fear of failing. Well thats all for now, till next time!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Good Indiana, Indianapolis afternoon!!! So we have graduated from starter class room to second week classroom. We have also started doing pretrip. We have completed most tests except the pretrip and backing exercises. We test next Friday. My Roommate and I are splitting costs. I bought plates, bowls, spoons, forks, tricolor graps, and apple cider. 57 dollars in total.

Hope to talk to you all soon!

icecold24k's Comment
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Sounds like things are going really good so far over at PAM. Good job on the early testing you did so far, just keep plugging along. Keep a good attitude and just focus on the end goal. Best of luck.

G-Town's Comment
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Sounds like things are progressing nicely fI you. Happy for you. Good luck Victor.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Well let me say this, this is the first day back in the truck driving in school with the newbies(as in they have never driven a truck before today) and I feel really jerked aroundrofl-2.gif .

I did pretty good according to William out here. I just need to do better with my turns and shifting through intersections. Pray that I be more confident and not stay underconfident. Thanks. The students are learning quick though no!

G-Town's Comment
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Victor, "why" do you feel jerked around?

One minor piece of advice...don't concern yourself even a little-bit with your fellow students. Laser focus on "Victor".

Victor C. II's Comment
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Okay I will do that. Here is the problem they put me in school for a week and two days and then told me that they were not going to extend a job offer to me. Im like confused as to why. I think I might just have to go back and restart at Swift and this time do it right.

Victor, "why" do you feel jerked around?

One minor piece of advice...don't concern yourself even a little-bit with your fellow students. Laser focus on "Victor".

G-Town's Comment
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Wow Man...I am really sorry to hear that. I think your plan to revisit Swift is a very good one. Good luck !

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