Pursuing The Flat-bed Dream With PGT Trucking

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Old School's Comment
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There are days in this business that one just wants to pull their hair out! I'm sitting in the bus station in St. Louis MO after my bus was late for two different connections. I'm tired of sleeping like a homeless person on benches and concrete floors, but they sure don't provide cots and a hot bowl of soup like I might get in a homeless shelter. The last thing they told me is that I would get there early Monday morning, hopefully before orientation begins. I left home early Saturday morning, so I'm just taking what I get. Oh well, we trudge on through all kinds of difficulties, and hopefully it helps us all get used to the life of a professional driver. There's nothing like showing up for orientation with your hair all matted to the side of your head and your eyes looking like you've been on a three day drinking spree! Oh yeah, they'll take one look at me and be whispering among themselves "Hey I think we better do that hair follicle test on this dude".

Hopefully it won't take long for them to realize that I'm for real, and want to be the absolute best there is at this job. Hard work and determination usually has a way of rising to the top like rich cream in a milking bucket. I'll be sharing with you my experiences while learning what it takes to be a flat-bedder from the fine folks a PTG trucking in Monaca PA. I'm not sure how much time I'll have on my hands, but if I can I will keep you posted on how it's going on a regular basis.

I think I'll lay my weary head back down on this concrete slab for some really stiff slumber, and see if I can manage to get in another 15 minutes of sleep before that completely incomprehensible statically challenged voice comes blaring over the speakers and disturbs my peaceful slumber again.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Looking forward to hearing about your adventures, OldSchool...they say, third times the charm..good-luck-2.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You've definitely paid your dues with the bus thing. Man, if you can survive multiple bus trips, you can survive anything! It is by far and away the worst possible way to travel. But in your case it leads to the coolest possible way to travel - in a big rig!!! smile.gif

Go get em! Looking forward to hearing how it goes for ya.

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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YAY!!!! Hopefully you will get there soon even if you will look like a rag-a-muffin! Keep us updated as you can, best of luck to ya!

Old School's Comment
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Hey gang, I hit a snag on this job having to do with the length of time that I've been out of school. Now I thought this hurdle was already cleared with recruiting, but apparently what some one thought would work is just not going to be allowed. I'm sorry to disappoint those who were following this thread, but I'm heading to another job in the morning. This time I'm gonna land the job before I start the next thread.

While I am going through some struggles getting started, let my experiences show those of you who are just getting started in this journey the importance of multiple pre-hires. Sometimes you have unexpected disappointments in this business, but having those pre-hires lined up allows you to land on your feet and get right back at it without a lot of effort on your part.

I'm gonna keep at it, and will be sharing with you as soon as I can bring you some good news.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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