So My Journey Begins...

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Ducky's Comment
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Whew!

After the research on companies, the thorough application process, the training, DMV (permit) testing, on-line pre-hire paperwork and scheduling with the recruiter... I have a bus ticket in hand!!! Leaving this Sunday. What a trip I am about to embark upon. This career, I know, will give back only as much as I am dedicated to put in to it. Every cell in my body will be devoted to learning throughout school and beyond.

This site, forum and High Road Training Program... simply put, beyond valuable! I won't say negative about some of the other sites, but let's just say TT is professional, accepting and answered all my questions...and some I didn't even have!

Thank you, posters one and all. I'll be changing my status to in CDL school next week!!!

Ducky

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.

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.

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.

MRC's Comment
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Good Luck, take your time and Breathe! What school???

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Welcome and congrats Ducky!

Good luck to ya and keep us posted!

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Ducky's Comment
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I had to "update" my app with the company, as they have a 30 day time frame. Everything else is in place, so background check, DMV not an issue. Guess they just needed a time stamp. Still have my bus ticket in hand. I walk in on 8/25.

For those just beginning in this career, as am I...follow everything your recruiter (if company sponsored training) asks to the letter. Stay diligent. Call and Email without wondering if you are a bother. The whole process ultimately falls on our shoulders.

Not always easy, sometimes not even convenient.

When I get to the terminal to learn, It will be known : This isn't a whim and I'm not playing the class clown. I'm here to earn the position.

...and where the heck did my avatar run off to? (mods help???)

Ducky

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.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Larry Richards's Comment
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Congrats!

it might just be me. I don't think the learning ever ends. Like life, everyday brings new experiences. Your never on the same road with the exact same circumstances. Its the other drivers that you got to watch. Haha

Again congratulations!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I had to "update" my app with the company, as they have a 30 day time frame. Everything else is in place, so background check, DMV not an issue. Guess they just needed a time stamp. Still have my bus ticket in hand. I walk in on 8/25.

For those just beginning in this career, as am I...follow everything your recruiter (if company sponsored training) asks to the letter. Stay diligent. Call and Email without wondering if you are a bother. The whole process ultimately falls on our shoulders.

Not always easy, sometimes not even convenient.

When I get to the terminal to learn, It will be known : This isn't a whim and I'm not playing the class clown. I'm here to earn the position.

Ducky

I am glad you said the last part. I know people pay to attend schools but you really are there to earn a place behind the wheel. It's the way all students should conduct themselves.

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.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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