Holiday Training At Prime

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Calvin F.'s Comment
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I start training 2 weeks before Christmas in Springfield with Prime. Just wondering if anyone has any idea how the Christmas schedule will go, so I can make a plan to see my son for Christmas.

PackRat's Comment
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How close is your son to the training location?

Rob T.'s Comment
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Are you able to hold off on training until after Christmas? I'm guessing that's the only way to know for sure you'll be able to see your son.

With Prime you only spend a few days at the terminal then you go on the road with a trainer if one's available otherwise you'll stay in Springfield backing on the pad. No way of knowing where you'll be. Many trainers do take time off around the holiday though. I've read stories here of them being dropped off at home if you live near the trainer, or even being stuck in the truck near the trainers home. I'd suggest making this post in the general forum and hopefully Kearsey sees it and can provide more info. If it's important to you to guarantee being home for Christmas I'd highly suggest just asking your recruiter if your start date can be bumped back.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yes if Christmas is important to you. It would be wise to delay your arrival. It will take 3 or 4 days for orientation. Then it takes 14 days to be able to schedule you to test. As stated.... Most students go OTR with an instructor, but Prime frowns upon going home before you take the exam. In general you should expect to be away from home for about 6 weeks once you arrive. Once you take the exam you need to return home to get your CDL from your home state within 30 days.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Calvin F.'s Comment
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@Pack Rat, my son is in Memphis, Tn.

Calvin F.'s Comment
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So my son is n Memphis and he’s 3, my recruiter said he can push it back to Jan 2. Also I have a class A license already with semi restriction. I have Air brakes already. I did hot shot which is how I ended up with the A with restrictions. I hope I can just test out in a semi and do the pre trip and get to working.

G-Town's Comment
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Calvin what is your expectation with this?

Based on the last sentence of the below paragraph, seems like you are expecting Prime to expedite your road training, reduce it so you are able to run solo sooner.

So my son is n Memphis and he’s 3, my recruiter said he can push it back to Jan 2. Also I have a class A license already with semi restriction. I have Air brakes already. I did hot shot which is how I ended up with the A with restrictions. I hope I can just test out in a semi and do the pre trip and get to working.

PackRat's Comment
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Calvin what is your expectation with this?

Based on the last sentence of the below paragraph, seems like you are expecting Prime to expedite your road training, reduce it so you are able to run solo sooner.

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So my son is n Memphis and he’s 3, my recruiter said he can push it back to Jan 2. Also I have a class A license already with semi restriction. I have Air brakes already. I did hot shot which is how I ended up with the A with restrictions. I hope I can just test out in a semi and do the pre trip and get to working.

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Not likely to happen.

"Hot shot"....a pickup truck with some trailer?

Dennis L's Comment
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Calvin F, What seat class were you assigned on your invitation to Orientation email from your recruiter?

That seat class will establish your realistic expectations to “get to working”.

G-Town, I take “get to working” to mean getting paid. Once he passes the CDL exam to remove the semi restriction, then he can be hired and start getting paid $900/wk while available for dispatch during the TNT training phase.

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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G-Town, I take “get to working” to mean getting paid. Once he passes the CDL exam to remove the semi restriction, then he can be hired and start getting paid $900/wk while available for dispatch during the TNT training phase.

Maybe. If I was certain that’s what Calvin meant, I would not have replied at all.

All things considered, I want to ensure his expectations are realistic and for anyone reading this who is new, it’s only in specific cases that training is expedited/reduced for a rookie with no relevant experience operating a class 7-8 tractor trailer.

I don’t want to assume.

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.

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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