Got The Call!

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DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Got the call from the OD terminal for my start date this morning! I start on the 6th of next month and I'll be working the docks until the driver training program starts!

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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That is awesome! Congratulations.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations and welcome aboard

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Howd it go?

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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I will let you know Bobcat. My scheduled time is in an hour. So far, I'm thinking it will be an orientation day today but if they need me to jump in dock work, I'm all for it!

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Yesterday was my first day at OD. They had me watch videos for the first few hours and fill out some paperwork. Then for the rest of the day I was getting trained with the dock work. I've never worked the dock a day in my life. When I was driving to shippers and receivers at my previous job, I saw some of the work they do with forklifts back and forth, fitting pallets of odd sizes into the trailers at the speed they were doing it, I thought I couldn't do that. But after following one of the dockworkers for a few rounds, they had me jump in the forlifts to work a trailer. The speed the other workers were going was crazy. Here I was driving that forklift like a semi, moving slow, checking around if I had clearance, trying not to hit anything. But the other guys were pretty cool about it. Never made me feel rushed or anything. I know it's only temporary until I start the driver training program but it was exciting learning something brand new. Looks like it will be 10 hour shifts for now but time goes by pretty quickly. I'll keep you guys posted on the journey!

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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My first day was 8 hours of videos, some seemed to be from the late 80s and early 90s lol.

I've never worked the dock personally, but I see them flying around on forklifts and wonder how they do it. I drive like a old man so they would probably throw me off the dock if I ever got on one.

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