Preparing To Leave For Prime

Topic 3760 | Page 1

Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:
Carl P.'s Comment
member avatar

Hey guys (and gals). Just Wanted To Give Everyone An Update As To Where I Am...After Deciding To Leave My Very Stable (Yet Boring And Draining Career Of 8 years) Career, I've Been "Pre hired" With Prime. I start orientation June 16th. I'm still in the process of studying the Delaware cdl manual and doing the high road test. I must say I have a lot of studying still to go but I've researched the hell out of trucking. I fully expect this industry to be anything but rainbows and dancing unicorns. I'm not afraid of hard work. I look forward to it.

I just want to say thank you to all (especially Brett) I've been lurking and reading all the post and I must say everything has been helpful in one form or another.

Oh. I almost forgot. My friends neighbor overheard me talking about leaving for prime and she is a trucker (26 years) I've gotten some GREAT advice from her as well. Tomorrow she offered to go over a few things such as pre trip and give some pointers on her truck ( the one she has parked at the entrance of the development) as I've never actually been in a truck, I fully expect to take in as much knowledge as I can.

If anyone has plans on being at prime on or around June 16th, please get in touch w me.

Thanks again all!

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Starcar's Comment
member avatar

Good Luck Carl !!! keep us updated..and we are here to help !!!! Now get back to studying.....we won't have no dummies headin' off to Prime....it would be embarressing !!!smile.gif

Carl P.'s Comment
member avatar

Hahahahah. Thanks star car.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
member avatar

Good Luck Carl !!! keep us updated..and we are here to help !!!! Now get back to studying.....we won't have no dummies headin' off to Prime....it would be embarressing !!!smile.gif

Starcar I know you have not driven in a while but now and again the dummies are slipping through the cracks and into trucks. YouTube has many videos as proof of that.

Carl P.'s Comment
member avatar

double-quotes-start.png

Good Luck Carl !!! keep us updated..and we are here to help !!!! Now get back to studying.....we won't have no dummies headin' off to Prime....it would be embarressing !!!smile.gif

double-quotes-end.png

Starcar I know you have not driven in a while but now and again the dummies are slipping through the cracks and into trucks. YouTube has many videos as proof of that.

As with any profession, the dummies will slip thru the cracks. I've seen in in the Marines, and seen it in law enforcement as well. It's always that 10% you have to watch out for in life...not just trucking

Johnnylite's Comment
member avatar

By all means take advantage of your neighbors offer. Maybe have her show you the pre trip and just the parts of the rig. It really helps. The training program on this site is excellent and take advantage of it. I was able to knock out my tests at the DMV for my permit on first try.

Good luck and make sure you keep us updated on your progress.

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.

Randall H's Comment
member avatar

Hey....I just went through orientation and am doing my PSD phase now at Prime. I have a thread on hear called "The Diaries of Randy J. @ Prime, Inc." that points out some things about the training, orientation, and my experience to help others understand what it's like and some advice on things to be aware of as your prepare to come and as you are here. Check it out. By the time you get here I will have my license and be in the TNT phase of getting my miles to lead up to getting my own truck, so I will probably miss meeting you by about 1 week. Good luck with your journey....

Be well and be safe!

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.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
member avatar

Prime must be doing some aggressive recruiting because all I hear about is new drivers signing up with Prime.

Daniel B.'s Comment
member avatar

Prime must be doing some aggressive recruiting because all I hear about is new drivers signing up with Prime.

I think it's because they don't pay trucking minimum wage.

Randall H's Comment
member avatar

double-quotes-start.png

I think it's because they don't pay trucking minimum wage.

I agree with Daniel, and they do not require the paying back of upfront costs for the training period, including the housing and food during the orientation and the cost of the program as a whole (if you fulfill the contract of 1 year of service) and they guaranteed $600 during the phase after getting the CDL. Add to that they have a good amount of positive feedback as a company and it becomes a favorite.

If there is a downside in the training portion it is that point in time where an instructor needs to be assigned. Many are waiting a substantial amount of time to get their assignment. And there are some that get skipped over after waiting as "Priority Students," only to see students from the next class get instructors before them.

This centers around the matching of instructors and students and with SO MANY students coming in every week, it leaves "shortages" on instructors. When you add to that the personalities, language and cultural differences, etc, it can be quite the frustrating time for a student wanting to get out on the road to train.

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.
Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More