Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 Start Date: 2021-07-06

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Old School's Comment
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I passed my CDL exam last Tuesday... and I am feeling a wee bit happy.

Oh yeah - we get that! Congratulations!

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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.
penn99's Comment
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2021-07-27

Another quick update.

Last Friday:

The last 4 members of our group took their exam. Three passed... including my hotel roommate... and the last member from my training truck. One failed the exam.

Total for our group: 12 people started the training on week 1... and... 12 people finished the training on Week 3 (after half day of class on Saturday).

Of the 12 taking the exam... 9 passed and 3 failed... the 3 will extend their stay 1 week and retest (this week).

Last Saturday:

Half day of in-class training. We thanked those instructors who were onsite... and we said our farewells to our new family members. Our group bonded immensely well.... we met as strangers....we soon became friends.... and we departed as family.

I drove both of my training truck buddies to the airport in Wausau (Mosinee) and then I drove down to spend the afternoon/evening with my brother and his family.

Last Sunday and Monday:

Drive... drive... and drive some more to get back to the Phoenix area. Arrived home about 630pm on Monday evening.

Tuesday (today):

I went to the DMV this morning and finalized my CDL with the state of AZ. Hard copy of the CDL to be sent to me via mail with 7 to 14 days. Sent a copy of my temporary paper CDL to Roehl.

Chatted briefly with my Fleet Operations Manager and my Fleet Training Manager.

I will have two days off and then I will work locally for two days this week at the Roehl Terminal in Phoenix.

After another day or two off, I will then will fly to the Roehl Terminal in GA to meetup with my trainer/driver for flatbeds.

I have also sent an initial text message to both trainers... one at the Phoenix terminal and one who is my driver/trainer in GA. I briefly introduced myself and stated I am awaiting a chance to talk to both individuals before meeting up with each of them.

A few days off will feel really good and I can make up some time with my wife.

I still feel a wee bit happy... and, I am excited to move onto the next phase.... Phase 2.

All is good.

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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.

DMV:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
penn99's Comment
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Just wanted to see this picture in a forum post.... to see how well it looks... or how well it 'doesn't' look... lol.

Time/location: early morning.... Hwy 54.... crossing the top most portion of Texas.

penn99's Comment
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Just wanted to see this picture in a forum post.... to see how well it looks... or how well it 'doesn't' look... lol.

Time/location: early morning.... Hwy 54.... crossing the top most portion of Texas.

LOL.... did not hit 'GO' to add the photo on the previous submission... sorry about that.

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BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Penn99,

Woohooo~~~!!!!! Onward and upward, good sir! (Picture looks great, also!)

I'm enjoying following along; and look forward to your 'trainer' updates. Enjoy the home time now~lol!

Congrats, & howdy to the Missus ~!

~ Anne ~

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

penn99's Comment
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Penn99,

Woohooo~~~!!!!! Onward and upward, good sir! (Picture looks great, also!)

I'm enjoying following along; and look forward to your 'trainer' updates. Enjoy the home time now~lol!

Congrats, & howdy to the Missus ~!

~ Anne ~

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Hi back at you Anne.... Always nice to hear kind words from you. Hope all is good with you and your family.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

penn99's Comment
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2021-07-31

And... another quick update....

Friday (yesterday).... for the 3 individuals from my original class who retested yesterday.... 2 of the 3 passed their retest. The 3rd individual unfortunately did not pass... and that person is going back to their home state to obtain the CDL.

Final tally for my training group: 12 people started Roehl Phase 1 training.... 12 people completed Roehl's Phase 1 training... and 11 people obtained their CDL via Roehl's Phase 1 training.

One item I don't think that I have mentioned previously.... all CDL exams are performed at the Roehl terminal/yard... as Roehl now has state (WI) certified people who are able to perform the exams.

As for me... onto Phase 2:

Roehl has a terminal in Phoenix.... and... I was given the opportunity to work a few days until such time as I can connect with my new driver/trainer for Phase 2. As such... I worked this past Thursday and Friday running local loads with one of Roehl's local drivers. He was excellent... super nice guy... and just an all around good guy to be working with for only a few days. Much the same as with my Phase 1 training group, I seemed to have connected well with him and I truly appreciate the short two days that I had working with him.

And.... as is with everyday life.... things change!! I am no longer going to GA. I will now meetup with a new and different driver/trainer on Sunday (tomorrow) at 11am.

I talked with this new driver/trainer last evening for about 20 minutes. He is coming into Phoenix today from Vegas and we will officially connect up tomorrow. From my initial chat... he sounds like a great guy.... I am excited and look forward to working/training with him for the next 3 weeks.

To close things out for today...... a few extra thoughts....

I truly feeling blessed... I have had nothing but terrific experiences thus far.... and looking back, I have now cemented in my mind that I have made the right decision to go with Roehl for my training... for my new career... and for my future!! Additionally.... I am extremely thankful that Roehl chose me... and allowed me to take this journey with them.

Every trainee.... trainer... employee... etc.... that I have met on this journey.... has proudly talked about... and exemplified Roehl's company culture and safety culture. And for me.... I see it... I feel it... and everyday, I have and will continue to live it.

Thus far, I am extremely satisfied.... I am happy... Roehl is good... life is good!!

All is truly good.

And... as some in todays world would say.... YMMV..... or, Your Mileage May Vary..... LOL.

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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That's great to read you won't be flying cross country to find the trainer.

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penn99's Comment
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That's great to read you won't be flying cross country to find the trainer.

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That is true... however... I was looking forward to seeing the Roehl terminal in Conley. But... I will make it there eventually. My roommate from Phase 1 is flying down to Conley (Atlanta) tomorrow. He is going reefer... and meets his trainer on Tuesday.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
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The Conley yard, and maintenance facilities are pretty cramped on too little a section of real estate. My favorite terminal always was the facility in Gary, IN.

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.

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