First Week At OD

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DoctorWho_214's Comment
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So one week has passed being employed at OD. To start, my first 2 days were spent watching videos, paperwork, and computer work. I start the Driver Training program first week of November, up in Portland. I originally thought it would be sooner in Sacramento but hey, no complaints over here. They put me in dock work for the time being and, my goodness, my respect for the dock workers shot up the roof. Not that I didn't before but I guess as a driver I took that for granted. Never been on a forklift in my life, much less driven one but it took a week before I would call myself a beginner haha! Now because I have my CDL already they have me training as a yard hostler. I like the place and everyone seems to as well. A lot of the drivers I spoken to have been here multiple years and plan to retire here. Everyone has been helpful as far as the docks go and I can't wait until I get to start my linehaul gig once training finishes. I'll keep you guys updated on how it goes!


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.


Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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That's great to hear! Keep up the good work!

I've been here 4 years and honestly most everyone is pretty happy, you'll run into a grumpy gus once and awhile but they are few between. At least for drivers and dispatchers, I don't interact with dock workers very often but they seem to stick around for the most part so they must be pretty happy.


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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Sorry you couldn't make it to the SAC class. We just got done with it yesterday l. Total of 10 students. Definitely at maximum capacity.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Any updates ?!? confused.gif

Hope all is well !!!

~ Anne ~

Jamie's Comment
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Any updates ?!? confused.gif

Hope all is well !!!

~ Anne ~

I'm also looking to see an update from DoctorWho.

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Sorry guys for the late reply but it's now close to a month since I started at OD. I'm still working the docks since the class I'll be in got pushed back to mid-November.

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