Passed The NYS Metal Coil Endorsement

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Chris L's Comment
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I've been trucking along the past couple of months working towards hitting my first full year driving under my belt. That milestone is fast approaching. Yesterday I had rare Friday off so I took advantage of the time off and took the exam for the NYS Metal Coil endorsement. It took me two try's to pass but I passed and now I'm seriously considering moving over to the Flat Bed division of the company. It will open up additional opportunities that I can't get staying in the Dry Van division. One reason is mobility with the exception of the home terminal in Baldwinsville, NY the other terminals in the company run flat bed exclusively so the chance to relocate to warmer climes is a better option. The wife is getting tired of the snow and cold of Northern New York and wants to move South and I got to keep Momma My performance so far has been good the only negative spot I had was I high hooked a trailer (Ironically on the same day as Jamie) which I broke off the bracket that holds up the Air lines and Trailer electrical cable. I received a verbal warning from our safety department but I'm still in contention for the end of year safety bonus as long as I don't have any more incidents this year. By taking the Coil endorsement exam and passing it will open up additional opportunities for me. I'm looking forward to making 2020 a good year.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.


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Turtle's Comment
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Congrats on the endorsement Chris. NYS coil isn't easy, and now that you have in you never have to do it again.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Chris, Congratulations!

Did you use our training materials? They cover it completely.

Chris L's Comment
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Old School wrote:

Hey Chris, Congratulations!

Did you use our training materials? They cover it completely.

Yes I used a combination of the 'High Road CDL training program" and I also obtained a copy of the NYS Metal Coil endorsement hand book and I used both to review.


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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.
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Old School's Comment
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Great! I'm glad you got it done!

Coils are seriously dangerous. Anybody hauling them needs to know what it takes to keep them secure.


Delco Dave's Comment
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Why are the coils transported in the possible rolling position? Can’t they be laid on their side and secured to a pallet?

Old School's Comment
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Why are the coils transported in the possible rolling position? Can’t they be laid on their side and secured to a pallet?

That's a great question!

Coils are loaded in several different ways.

Some are loaded so that they can roll forward. That's called a "Suicide coil."

Some are loaded so they can roll sideways. We call that a "Shotgun coil."

The third way they are loaded is by standing it up on it's end on a heavy duty pallet. Those are called "Eye to the Sky coils."

The way they are loaded is determined by the customer's preference. The customers have differing equipment for unloading these monsters. Some use a fork lift with a single long round fork in the center. They need the "Suicide" method so they can unload it. Some places use overhead cranes with a large hook that goes right through the center of the coil. They are generally loaded "Shotgun," but can also be "Suicide." The ones loaded "Eye to the Sky" are plucked from the truck with a large fork lift with the forks going into the pallet.

I'm working from my phone tonight so I can't grab pictures of those three configurations, but I think you get the idea. There's also what we call "Slinky Coils." These are generally long steel rod that is rolled up into a coil. These are unique in that we tie them all together and to the trailer after they are loaded.

I have some photos of them on my phone...



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PackRat's Comment
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I have hauled smaller rolls/coiled steel twice before on pallets in a van trailer. I think each one was about 2000 lbs each, significantly smaller than most of the ones you'll see the knuckle-draggers hauling around.

I didn't need to tarp either.



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Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Turtle's Comment
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I can't find my pictures of "shotgun" coils, but I do have a shot of two loaded "Eye to the sky".


Chris L's Comment
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To quote the NYS Metal Coil endorsement handbook: The proper terms for Orientation of a Metal Coil is the Coil Eyes "Vertical", Eyes "Crosswise", Eyes"Lengthwise". Actually one of the questions I got on the endorsement test asked which of the three choices was incorrect orientation: a) Eyes Crosswise, b) Eyes Lengthwise, c) Eyes inverted.

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