Roehl Phase 1

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Mike 's Comment
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Hello everyone. I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.

I finished phase 1 with Roehl yesterday, passing my CDL exam on Friday. I did my training in Marshfield on a 10 speed.

My recruiter had told me that manual school was four weeks. However, on day one, we were told we were on a three week accelerated course. No pressure, right? Within the first 5 minutes, I had no doubt I made a good decision to join Roehl. The instructors set a positive and professional tone. Day one consisted of mostly paperwork and company indoctrination. We did get some time in the simulator.

Starting day two, we were on the range practicing shifting. Day three we hooked up to a van and which included backing around the range course. After lunch, we were driving around town.

The remainder of training consisted of backing and road time. It was a great experience, and we had a lot of laughs along the way. It was a perfect mix of students and instructors. It was tough saying goodby to everyone.

We started out with 15 students. During week one, two quit for personal reasons. During week two, another student was asked to leave based on their skill set.

The only complaint I had during my training was the hotel. Their WiFi was horrible, and I couldn’t get a good cell signal there either. The reason I mention this is because we had 40 hours of online training to do. It made that rather difficult. We found that you could get a decent signal by the pool, which is inside.

So overall, it was a great experience. We all had our struggles along the way, and our instructors were more then willing to go above and beyond to help us. I’m looking forward to the next phase. Hope this helps.


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.
BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Congratulations 🎊🎉 and good luck on your new career Mike!!


Mike 's Comment
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Thank you!

Congratulations 🎊🎉 and good luck on your new career Mike!!


Verminator's Comment
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Congrats Mike!


I completed Phase 1 with Roehl at the Gary terminal last month.

I’m currently on the road in Phase 2 with my trainer.

Best of luck going forward, and hope to see you out here soon!


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.

Mike 's Comment
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Thanks Verminator. I’m still waiting for phase two. Been home over a week now. I’m assuming they’re backed up at the moment. There’s at least two more from my class that are waiting. Hope I can start soon.

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