Preparing For A Trucking Career With Roehl

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Cowboy's Comment
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Thanks for the info on fuel gloves, G-Town. Great Advice!

Merry Christmas to All!

Cowboy's Comment
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Tue, 31 Dec 2019

Well, this is my last week of work at my "Old Job". I've had the flu for the past two days, so stuck at home, sick as a dog and never far away from the toilet. I'm due in Marshfield Wi on 13 Jan, so glad to get this crap out of the way before then. I'm waiting on a call from my recruiter's associate, who will ensure that all the t's are crossed and I's are dotted, then will receive my lodging information. It's about a 9-10 hour drive from my home in Missouri so I will be leaving early on Sunday, Jan 12th. Can't wait, and neither can my wife. We're ready to get this next chapter of our lives under way and to face the new challenges that await.

In the meantime, doing a lot of studying on pre-trip and watching instructional videos on that and backing. I'll have to pass a Missouri CDL skills test so I'll have to parallel park an 18 wheeler. Ouch! Anyway, trying to stay patient and get prepared. Getting ducks in a row here at home as well.

Happy New Year to Everyone and Stay Safe!


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.


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.

Delco Dave's Comment
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Happy new year and good luck!!! I will be following your diary. I went on the ride along with G-town on Sunday and it was awesome. I wrote a brief, 1day diary about it and posted it over in general section. If you haven't seen it yet, it will give you a general idea of a work day. I am not too far behind you, plan to be heading to training in March after I sell off/ shut down my Landscape business and take care of some family stuff that popped up in December


Operating While Intoxicated

Cowboy's Comment
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Thu, 3 Jan 2020

Last day of work on my old job. I still don't feel real good...this flu bug is brutal. Wife has it now.

Anyway, gotta do another urine drug test on Tue, my last one will be past 30 days by the time I get to Marshfield, WI next week, so there's that. Gonna spend this next week spending time with my family and getting things wrapped up here at home before this whole big adventure gets underway. 2020 has to be better than 2019, cuz it wasn't a good year at all here. LOL

I'm ready to get packed and get this show on the road. Looking forward to it, but dreading the Wisconsin winter weather. Oh well, better to learn how to do it in the worst conditions than have to learn it on my own next winter. Happy New Year to everyone...hope it's a great one for all.

Cowboy's Comment
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Thur, 9 Jan 2020

Three more days and I leave for Wisconsin early Sunday morning. I'm excited it's finally about to be here. My family finally put the flu behind us, just in time, and now we're getting our ducks in a row for my four week absence. I have one more scheduled phone call with my recruiter on Friday just to confirm that we're still a go and then I'll take off Sunday about 6am. It'll be 42 degrees here and 22 degrees in Marshfield. I've got my layers, sock hat, insulated gloves, thermal socks, coveralls and big safety-green winter bomber jacket. Since my pickup is not a 4wd, I'm gonna weight the bed down with un-split logs so I can get better traction in the snow Wisconsin is bound to get throughout January.

I'll be glad to get this started, and so will my wife. We're both tired of just talking and day-dreaming about it. I will do my best to keep this diary daily. I hope it helps whoever might read it.

Let me say, that so far as the pre-hire process goes, I can't find a negative thing to say about Roehl's process. They are thorough, transparent (as far as I can tell so far), professional, courteous and friendly. I look forward to working for them.

Have a great day everyone!


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.

midnight fox's Comment
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Congrats on getting started, Cowboy, looking forward to seeing you pick up the Roehl diary baton from Wild-Bill!


SRJ's Comment
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Congrats on the new journey. I will be watching for updates as I’m considering Roehl. Little closer to me. Just under 3 hours. Good luck!

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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Good luck it will be over before you know it!

Wild-Bill's Comment
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I’m looking forward to reading about your school experience. You’ll do great.

Tortuga 's Comment
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Have a safe drive Cowboy. I'm looking forward to your posts! I'm learning lot from everyone's training diaries.

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