AIT Weekly Trucking School Update...

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Jason E.'s Comment
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Hey Folks, In this post I will be posting a weekly update on my status, thoughts, and experiences at the AIT school. First, let me extend a huge thank you to all the folks here at TruckingTruth, especially Brett and those who help maintain it. I could go on all day about the training program alone!

After going through hell and high water, taking out loans with stupid interest, and getting qualified by Uncle Sam, I got school paid for last minute on 11/1/2014 with class starting 11/3/2014! Being proactive, I had spent a lot of time already on TruckingTruth, and went in with 5 pre-hires , my DOT Physical completed, and ready to take my CDL A permit as well as all endorsements.

Unfortunately, the first week consisted of listening to the teacher go through the driving manual line by line, asking us to highlight and memorize! That is for the birds! I didn't need to do any of that because I had already studied on TruckingTruth and was ready to go! I spent my days this week daydreaming, coloring, answering e-mails, and attending other personal business matters, which was nice! As long as I didn't sleep, the teacher had said she didn't care what we did, because it was up to us if we passed or failed! Although, she did think I fell asleep on her twice, I was really just watching the floor to avoid watching the clock! When we took our practice tests, that's when everyone was confused. We did General Knowledge of 100 questions, and 50 questions on all the other endorsements. To everyones' surprise, I scored 100% on every single test! Thank you, TruckingTruth! The teacher basically left me alone after that, and everyone was asking me how on Earth I pulled this off because I hadn't been doing anything all class. Que up 11 personal referrals to TruckingTruth.com!

Friday afternoon we were sent to the DMV to take all of our written exams, and again I blew the mind of the DMV employee as I finished each endorsement with an average time of 2.5 minutes and 80% on all of them (the computer stops you once you cannot fail, in Nevada), and just 7 minutes on the general knowledge. So, needless to say, thanks to TruckingTruth.com and this forum especially, I am way ahead of where I should be for class and am basically just sitting around waiting for range/road time.

Next week is all class time as well, and our last week in the class (2/4). I'm not sure what there could possibly be left to go over that we haven't drilled over already, except the insanely repetitive homework, but time will tell. I get the feeling I'll still be watching the flies and waiting for time to pass! In the meantime, everything is going great and I'm studying for the pre-trip. That's the only test I'm worried about. I'm not sure if I should study through my schools acronym stuff or just go with what's here on TruckingTruth. I'll probably do a 90/10 mixture and call it a day. Thanks again everyone, looking forward to reporting back next week with more positive results! rofl-3.gif

Best Regards, Jason E.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Sounds like you have actually been working hard even though it doesn't show it in class. Good Work! Now go watch a ton of Youtube videos on shifting, driving and backing up. :)

Mark A.'s Comment
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Jason, thanks for the update on AIT. I'm kinda new to TT, but I've been doing alot of studying also on here. I'm also planning to attend AIT in Vegas. Looking forward to hear your updates

Turbo Dan's Comment
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Jason, most people who have'nt used the TT study guide, as you know, will need all that class room time to learn all the info. Kind of goes along with the 160 Hour Certificate, I had to do a finish up course to remove an Air brake restriction in Illinios,, you will need to put in a big effort to pass the Pretrip, thru pretty much Rote memory,, I was a truck mechanic and it was still hard for me ,I know everything about trucks but still had to go to sleep and wake up going over in my mind everything required. Here's the thing, the examiner may have never driven a truck let alone have a CDL. All they need to know and hear is the proper name, sequence, procedure, order, ect thats on their list. they may not even ask you everything, but you have to know everything from memory, I know you will do it, we all had to.

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.
David L.'s Comment
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Start reviewing the Pre-Trip!

James K.'s Comment
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You sound like me lol. I went to the DMV and the lady literally clapped and said wow you did something super rare. I asked what was rare and they said you passed all 5 tests on the first try. Made me smile. I also passed my hazmat the first time i took it as well. Only I attended southwest truck driver training and not AIT. I finished the in class portion with a 97%. I finished at the top of the class with a 92 overall composite.

Advice for your pre trip:

Everything is properly mounted and secured and not cracked damaged or loose. Anything with wires is not spliced cut and connections are made. Hoses there is no Abrasions Bulges or Cuts. and no leaks for any air line or fluid. You have 91 items to hit and i believe you can pass with 68. I scored an 84 which was also the highest in the class. We had 1 person fail but he took it the next day and passed.

Good luck to you

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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