PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

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Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations Mark! I've been quietly following your journey, and it's so great to see a success story such as yours. Awesome!

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Day 13

Few hours on the pad, aced the alley dock, got the blind side parallel ok, screwed up the offset initially then got it on the second try.

Other then that was just talking through the PTI and getting high fives from the trainer for looking ready to pass the test.

Day 14 TEST DAY!!

My training partner got through PTI and Backing, then went out on his drive. Like he had done on all the times our trainer took us out on the road, did not pay attention to road signs. Sat at a yield sign for 5 minutes, 3 light changes. Examiner finally just had to fail him. I would be more sad for him...but...

I PASSED EVERYTHING! I got my CDL-A, examiner said I didnt miss a thing and that though my parallel was a little dirty, it was full passing dirty with no points. So Im done with PSD! Now just in my room waiting for a call from the trainer, or the call to go home and wait there.

Thanks everyone for helping me out here, this online training on this forum and your words of encouragement helped me alot!

That feeling of succeeding the first time and no worries about having to reschedule for a re-test is awesome.

Congratulations.

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From your posts, you sound like you will be a capable and astute trainee/driver. Look forward to reading more updates.

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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.

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.
Chief Brody's Comment
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Some trainers haver 4 or 5 students!! They have so many students, Im guessing because of high turnover and need. They showed us some financials and said Prime turns down thousands of loads a week because they dont have the drivers or trucks. Not sure whether that is true or not, but if its even partially true then they need all these students.

My fleet manager called me the end of last week asking me again to be a trainer. He said there are 40 students waiting for trainers just in the flatbed division.

By the way congratulations on passing the CDL test.

Now it's time for the real learning in the grueling TNT phase.

Keep your head up, stay safe, and don't let the *******s get you down.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Some trainers haver 4 or 5 students!! They have so many students, Im guessing because of high turnover and need. They showed us some financials and said Prime turns down thousands of loads a week because they dont have the drivers or trucks. Not sure whether that is true or not, but if its even partially true then they need all these students.

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My fleet manager called me the end of last week asking me again to be a trainer. He said there are 40 students waiting for trainers just in the flatbed division.

By the way congratulations on passing the CDL test.

Now it's time for the real learning in the grueling TNT phase.

Keep your head up, stay safe, and don't let the *******s get you down.

I'm still following too, Mark!!

So, Chief (Rob) Brody ~ will you be answering that calling?!?!? Man, I'd LOVE to read a thread from you, on that!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Mark would love it; & IMHO . . . YOU'D MAKE A GREAT TRAINER!!! :)

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Mark M.'s Comment
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Some trainers haver 4 or 5 students!! They have so many students, Im guessing because of high turnover and need. They showed us some financials and said Prime turns down thousands of loads a week because they dont have the drivers or trucks. Not sure whether that is true or not, but if its even partially true then they need all these students.

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My fleet manager called me the end of last week asking me again to be a trainer. He said there are 40 students waiting for trainers just in the flatbed division.

By the way congratulations on passing the CDL test.

Now it's time for the real learning in the grueling TNT phase.

Keep your head up, stay safe, and don't let the *******s get you down.

Yeah I was told a week, week and a half or longer. But hey Im getting paid "ready to dispatch" at the house. So hopefully it happens quicker, Id like to get on the road and start getting those miles under my belt.

But patience is a virtue!

Now just the waiting game.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Mark M.'s Comment
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Got a trainer, on his truck now at a truck stop. The top bunk area is sure tight! But all my stuff fits up here.

So far trainer is alright, nice guy, seems willing to train and also is a lease operator. So I will hopefully learn as much as I can about lease op.

Havent driven yet, but he says tomorrow will work on backing and maybe drive some!

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Glad you're onto the next phase, Mark! Are you storing your bag, etc., on the top bunk with you?

Old School's Comment
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So far trainer is alright, nice guy, seems willing to train and also is a lease operator. So I will hopefully learn as much as I can about lease op.

Tread carefully there Mark. The worst place to learn about being a lease/operator is from a lease/operator.

They will fill your eyes with stars and your heart with dreams of making big money. Once you try to play their game you find out that is just exactly what it is. Please do yourself a favor and be a company driver for your first year.

Think about this: If he really was making a killing as a lease operator, why does he need the extra income from training? Maybe he is just a benevolent guy who enjoys training? You can be the judge of that after a few weeks with him. At that point you will know if he is interested in teaching you or just needing someone to turn some miles for him.

Personally I wouldn't even be interested in learning about leasing at this point. Learn what you need to get your CDL. One step at a time Grasshopper.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Got a trainer, on his truck now at a truck stop. The top bunk area is sure tight! But all my stuff fits up here.

So far trainer is alright, nice guy, seems willing to train and also is a lease operator. So I will hopefully learn as much as I can about lease op.

Havent driven yet, but he says tomorrow will work on backing and maybe drive some!

Still following, good sir.

BUT . . . X100 what Old School said. Been in the industry for 20 plus, and NEVER have we EVER .. considered 'Rent a Truck.'

Best to ya,

~ Anne & Tom ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Moose's Comment
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I PASSED EVERYTHING! I got my CDL-A, examiner said I didnt miss a thing and that though my parallel was a little dirty, it was full passing dirty with no points. So Im done with PSD! Now just in my room waiting for a call from the trainer, or the call to go home and wait there.

Thanks everyone for helping me out here, this online training on this forum and your words of encouragement helped me alot!

Nicely done! Congrats. I hope to be writing up a similar post in the next couple of weeks. Have you been told when you'll be attending flatbed Bootcamp? Is your TNT trainer going to be running flatbed? Or did you end up switching divisions? Cheers!

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.

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.

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