And Just Like That, Two Job Offers

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tripletdad's Comment
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Idk if y’all have been keeping up with my posts, but I’m trying to find a cdl school. I’ve got an old misdemeanor from over a decade ago, and one speeding ticket for 26 mph over from almost a year ago. I’ve had several companies tell me I need to wait three years, but I woke up this morning and have two offers, so y’all were right that someone would give me a chance. Well, western express also told me they would but they’re not doing training right now so I’d have to go through and get reimbursed.

So anyway, I live in Ohio. Company 1 is Veriha. I’d go to Wisconsin for training, but I’d be paid throughout and would sign an 18 month contract.

Company 2 is Millis. Their school is in Ohio, about 40 minutes from my parents house, so I could spend weekends there, I’m sure. From what I can tell, I pay THEM $500, and they do the remainder in a loan thst is payroll deducted. No pay during training, but full pay once out in a training truck.

I’ll be looking for diaries to see which company seems like it would be a better fit, but of course I’m always happy to hear directly from you guys and ladies.

I never thought I’d be so happy to take a substantial pay cut, but my sanity is worth it. 😀

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Go over to the Diaries Section. Read the Millis Training Diary by Pete E. Pothole. He started there a little more than a year ago.

tripletdad's Comment
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I actually did read his. :).

Go over to the Diaries Section. Read the Millis Training Diary by Pete E. Pothole. He started there a little more than a year ago.

Greg M.'s Comment
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I saw in your other post that you are worried about backing. The instructer in Trenton is an awesome guy, Bill. He will make sure that you learn how to back. They normally only have 6 or fewer students per class there and they will be running at least 2 tractors on the range so you will get plenty of repetitions.

tripletdad's Comment
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Perfect! It may not even be a reasonable worry. I’ve just never done it. I’m glad he will work with me. My recruiter told me that same. They’ll keep me and work with me as long as I’m listening and showing promise. I suddenly feel much better. I think I’ll be putting my two weeks notice in tomorrow at work, which makes it official. :)

I saw in your other post that you are worried about backing. The instructer in Trenton is an awesome guy, Bill. He will make sure that you learn how to back. They normally only have 6 or fewer students per class there and they will be running at least 2 tractors on the range so you will get plenty of repetitions.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

tripletdad's Comment
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I made it official today and paid my reservation fee with Millis. I’m signed up for the class in Ohio starting starting sept 17. If I can get my DOT physical and cdl-p quickly enough, I can still get in for the August 14 class but that would be pushing it. I guess this is the time to be putting in my two weeks notice to my current employer and getting started on whatever else I think I’ll need.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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DOT physicals can be obtained at many walk-in in clinics. For example, I get mine done at concentra in Indianapolis as a walk-in. My company usually does everyone's (all otr drivers) in cedar Rapids, IA but the place they use requires an appointment and I'm rarely up there for any extended time.. just easier to get mine done where our home daily indy drivers get theirs.

As far as the written tests to get your permit, I'm thinking Ohio's BMV they call it? is open for business so just call them and ask if you need an appointment. This stuff could literally be taken care of tomorrow if you're in reasonably decent health.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Bmv:

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.

tripletdad's Comment
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I am in good health. I’m not sure I’d pass the written permit test yet though. Seems I remember there was kind of a lot to know. Although I’ve never taken the test.

DOT physicals can be obtained at many walk-in in clinics. For example, I get mine done at concentra in Indianapolis as a walk-in. My company usually does everyone's (all otr drivers) in cedar Rapids, IA but the place they use requires an appointment and I'm rarely up there for any extended time.. just easier to get mine done where our home daily indy drivers get theirs.

As far as the written tests to get your permit, I'm thinking Ohio's BMV they call it? is open for business so just call them and ask if you need an appointment. This stuff could literally be taken care of tomorrow if you're in reasonably decent health.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Bmv:

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.

PackRat's Comment
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High Road CDL Training Program

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.
Jay F.'s Comment
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Good luck to you. When I was researching companies, Millis seemed like an awesome company. I’ll be interested to hear how it goes!

The permit tests aren’t that hard. IMO every driver with a regular license should be able to pass the general knowledge test. The airbrakes and the combos can be a challenge but just read and practice and u won’t have any problems

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