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Daniel B.'s Comment
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I spoke with my awesome DM today.

I told him I'm interested in being a trainer and he went over a few things with me. He told me that in two days I'm qualified to be a TNT trainer at Prime. And in a month I'll be qualified to be a PSD trainer at Prime. He said I will get it for sure if I want it and he will put in a good word for me.

So now I have a decision to make.

Be a TNT trainer and team drive with a student for 30k miles. Which ill do but I'm not a fan of team driving.

Or be a PSD trainer and instruct a student who only has a permit everything he needs to know to get his license. Prime is in desperate need of PSD trainers so ill always have a student when I want one. The student does most of the driving and I sit in the passenger seat and instruct him. He does the majority of the driving and the truck generally sits at night so I always sleep in a sitting truck. He doesn't drive without my presence. I am more of a hands on type of guy so this appeals to me more for sure. But it's so much more dangerous.

I have a month to think about it. What are you thoughts guys? Give me something to ponder. Thanks!

P.s. Wow, I can't believe I'm about to be a trainer. I still remember my first month as if it was yesterday. Hard work and a good attitude pays off folks. You never know what the future holds. I never would have guessed I would be in this position. I deeply fell in love with this job and I'm climbing the ladder! If a 22 year old can become a trainer then anyone can.

Today is a fantastic day!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Ken C.'s Comment
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How would that all work out if you are in a LW truck...?

Anchorman's Comment
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How would that all work out if you are in a LW truck...?

Im pretty sure he would be switching to a full size double bunk tractor.

Wine Taster's Comment
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Keep up the good work!

PJ's Comment
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Daniel you forgot to mention this yesterday. This is great news. My personal opinion with your background and preferences is go PSD. Your very good at explaining everything in terms folks can understand. Your style is what makes you a great trainer. You have the student doing the driving yes, but under your direct supervision. You know the warning signs if someone is about to do something stupid for the most part. Things can always happen in the blink of an eye, but your very observant. I think that lends itself more toward the PSD position. I remember when I first put rookie cops in cars and told them to stand on it the reactions I got. You'll do amazing for Prime whichever position you choose.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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Daniel, I agree with all the reasons P.J. gave - you'd make a great PSD trainer. You and I both had lousy trainers, so we know what types of things we would like to see in a trainer. That's a great first step to becoming a great trainer. Plus, I wish I could be fly on the wall in your truck just to see how a big burly new truck driving man takes to being taught how to handle a big rig by a small young guy who claims he looks like an eighth grader. confused.gif

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Kiwi303's Comment
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I dunno about 8th grader, (form 2 here, or was when I went through school, they've changed the system since then, US 8th grade would be Year 9 here methinks) but definitely might be a challenge for a big burly hands-on brute to learn from a little squirt :D

Michael Y.'s Comment
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Damn, if only I were starting Prime next month. I might have been able to get you as my trainer smile.gif

Would be awesome to semi know my trainer.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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@Ken, yes sir. I would be given a Fullsize Cascadia. These LW trucks are only for solo drivers.

@Wine Taster, thank you very much sir!

@ PJ, thank you sir! I appreciate the kind words. I didn't say anything of it when we spoke a few days ago because it had the conversation with my DM yesterday.

@OS, good point. Except that it's my truck and I'm the trainer. Don't like it? There's a million other students for me all waiting in line. So I'm not too worried about being a 5'7" trainer. If they have a problem with that then I don't want them. The way I see it, you're the student I'm the trainer. Let me teach you and do as I say. They'll know absolutely nothing because they'll only have a permit. So if they want to get an attitude with someone who is trying to teach them and knows what he's doing then trucking isn't for them. So I'm not worried about my small frame getting in the way. Prime has massive hordes of students needing a PSD trainer so they should be thankful they at least got one.

@Kiwi, like I said earlier. If they're going to give me attitude and trouble because I'm a smaller and younger person than me then they can get off my truck. The bottom line is, they're the student wanting their CDL. I'm the gateway to that CDL. And ill show them what they need to know to get it. But I definitely wouldn't be putting up with "what do you know you're just 22 years old?". That'll get you off the truck in a heartbeat.

@Michael, yeah totally! I'm aiming to try to take TT students. But as far as i know there's over a dozen students at the Prime terminal waiting for a trainer. So if I become a PSD trainer I'll be sent their to pick one up. It's kind of a first come first serve basis. I'll see how it goes but I would really like to take people from TT.

I would like to share this piece of history about me also. I've always loved big equipment. When I got my Class C license, two weeks later I got my forklift license also. As the weeks went by I got a license to operate more than just a forklift. I barely knew how to drive a car yet I was driving forklifts at a large retail store. I can't tell you how much criticism I took at the store for being a "baby". I wasn't made fun of obviously, but they did poke jokes my way. So I'm not new to being young and driving bigger things than the average person. So meanwhile they're rotting at a retail store and being paid nothing, I'm driving a semi and still very young. I don't let my age tell me what I can and can't do. If I qualify and I want to do it - I work hard and do everything in my power to do 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.

Terminal:

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Jopa's Comment
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Hey Daniel, I just told the recruiter from Prime I could make the class starting 31st of this month (did I really say yes??) soooo, you never know, although you will have already picked up a student well before then, I'm sure . . . in any case, I looking forward to the new adventure and we might cross paths at some point. Wish me luck! Oh, I guess I qualify as a "big burly" at 6'2" and 220 lbs but I would never give attitude to someone teaching me just based on relative sizes . . . if he knows what I need to know (and isn't a "screamer") I'm all ears and attention.

Stephen E. Birch (remember: it's Jopa or Stephen - none of that "butt" stuff or I might have to pull out the BB card)rofl-3.gifsmile.gif .

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