My Training At Millis Transfer In Alvarado, Tx

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Photogirl 's Comment
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I'm a little late posting but the days have been long, fun, but long. I arrived at The Comfort Inn in Alvarado, tx and its really nice. Free breakfast every morning, (eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, waffles muffins, fruit, yogurt etc).. The staff is super nice and the motel itself is very modern, think goose down comforter. YAY!

Week one- Starts out like the rest, lots of paperwork on day one. Day 2 we were already in the yard doing the Millis 500, lol which means following each other in a circle getting used to the truck. After lunch we went out on the road to bobtail around. There's only 2 of us here so needless to say we are getting tons of drive time. For the rest of the week we practice coupling/uncoupling, air breaks, pre-trip, (even though I don't test on it the guy here is from Ohio and he has too), we continue to drive in the yard and road driving in the afternoons. We also do about 1 hour or so of classroom in the morning. No driving with the trailer yet. Day 4- we started straight line backing. I pretty much had that one down. Next up is parallel parking. Day 5- same thing. Backing all day. Straight line and parallel. I can do the blindside no problem but when I switch to do the drivers side I can't do it to save my life. Its all good though Michael can't get the blindside so we are evening each other out lol.. Our instructor still hasn't lost is cool with us and seems to think we our doing so well we might graduate early. YAY!!

Its a lot of fun here. Harold our instructor is great. He's really calm and supportive and he wants nothing more then for you to succeed and pass your CDL road test. I've meet a few Millis drivers and they all have great things to say. I'm really liking my decision to train with Millis.

Week 2- Days 6-8 Backing, backing and then more backing. UGH, we had to learn off-set and alley dock.. Frustrating to say the least. Alley dock is ok, I have that one down but the darn off set is annoying as all get out. He has the course set up so you have to do a blindside then a drivers side off set. HATE IT lol.

We tested out on backing and now we get to hook up the trailer and get on the road.I didn’t master the off set but hey I still have plenty of time when I get out with my trainer which I met today. She’s really nice, been with Millis for 18 years. That seems to be a trend around here. Most drivers I have met have been with the company for over 3 years. When you test out on backing you have to do all backing maneuvers in a row. Um, yeah, my leg was a little tired afterwards. But, boy did it feel great when Harold told us we passed.

Days 9-10 I drove for 250 for both days and it was so much fun. I also got to do a pull through at a truck stop dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif We are both doing so well we are testing out early. Training at Millis is 3 1/2 weeks, we are finishing in 2. I never had a problem with shifting so the time out on the road was great! I think I’m a natural when it comes to trucking. I can’t wait to get out with my trainer. Oh, and we did drug tests before going to the motel on Friday.

Week 3-

Day 1- Orientation day! Paper work! BORING!!! Nuff said!! lol

If you have any questions please ask. I didn't put all the details because I'm tired lol. I would recommend anyone who wants a lot of drive time training attend Millis. It's been an awesome experience thus far.. cheers ladies!!!

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.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Biff Orpington's Comment
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Hi Photogirl, sounds like you had some great hands on training with a class of 2! I will be starting MTI in January. A couple of questions: Did you train in the same equipment you will be driving, or some older models? Do you have to bring lunch or is it provided by the school? Last but not least, has Millis followed through with the driver facing cameras in all trucks, or did that fizzle out?

Thanks for any input on these and thanks for your training experience. Good luck with your trainer!

Photogirl 's Comment
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Hi Photogirl, sounds like you had some great hands on training with a class of 2! I will be starting MTI in January. A couple of questions: Did you train in the same equipment you will be driving, or some older models? Do you have to bring lunch or is it provided by the school? Last but not least, has Millis followed through with the driver facing cameras in all trucks, or did that fizzle out?

Thanks for any input on these and thanks for your training experience. Good luck with your trainer!

I had great training. We drove 3 trucks while in training. You will practice on 2 older model Freightliners/Kenworth (1997-2000) while on the range. We drove a 2012 Kenworth for road driving. You will be responsible for your food while at MTI except for breakfast which the hotel provides. Yes, Millis does have the cameras. They also govern your speed at 66. Good luck!

Biff Orpington's Comment
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Thanks for the quick reply! I hope you are enjoying your time with your trainer.

Photogirl 's Comment
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Thanks for the quick reply! I hope you are enjoying your time with your trainer.

No problem. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. I passed my CDL last Friday but, I don't go out with my trainer until after xmas. I passed with a 90 YAY!! lol

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.
December Hopeful's Comment
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Thanks for the quick reply! I hope you are enjoying your time with your trainer.

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No problem. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. I passed my CDL last Friday but, I don't go out with my trainer until after xmas. I passed with a 90 YAY!! lol

Great Score !! Hooray for you, Photogirl !!

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.
Tall Trucker's Comment
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Photogirl, did they do a UA or hair follicle test?

Bryn J.'s Comment
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Just wondering how it's going, hopefully everything is good and you are solo, let us know how it went.

Thanks.

TruckingVA's Comment
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Still with Millis? How's it been?

Stickshift76's Comment
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I'm a little late posting but the days have been long, fun, but long. I arrived at The Comfort Inn in Alvarado, tx and its really nice. Free breakfast every morning, (eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, waffles muffins, fruit, yogurt etc).. The staff is super nice and the motel itself is very modern, think goose down comforter. YAY!

Week one- Starts out like the rest, lots of paperwork on day one. Day 2 we were already in the yard doing the Millis 500, lol which means following each other in a circle getting used to the truck. After lunch we went out on the road to bobtail around. There's only 2 of us here so needless to say we are getting tons of drive time. For the rest of the week we practice coupling/uncoupling, air breaks, pre-trip, (even though I don't test on it the guy here is from Ohio and he has too), we continue to drive in the yard and road driving in the afternoons. We also do about 1 hour or so of classroom in the morning. No driving with the trailer yet. Day 4- we started straight line backing. I pretty much had that one down. Next up is parallel parking. Day 5- same thing. Backing all day. Straight line and parallel. I can do the blindside no problem but when I switch to do the drivers side I can't do it to save my life. Its all good though Michael can't get the blindside so we are evening each other out lol.. Our instructor still hasn't lost is cool with us and seems to think we our doing so well we might graduate early. YAY!!

Its a lot of fun here. Harold our instructor is great. He's really calm and supportive and he wants nothing more then for you to succeed and pass your CDL road test. I've meet a few Millis drivers and they all have great things to say. I'm really liking my decision to train with Millis.

Week 2- Days 6-8 Backing, backing and then more backing. UGH, we had to learn off-set and alley dock.. Frustrating to say the least. Alley dock is ok, I have that one down but the darn off set is annoying as all get out. He has the course set up so you have to do a blindside then a drivers side off set. HATE IT lol.

We tested out on backing and now we get to hook up the trailer and get on the road.I didn’t master the off set but hey I still have plenty of time when I get out with my trainer which I met today. She’s really nice, been with Millis for 18 years. That seems to be a trend around here. Most drivers I have met have been with the company for over 3 years. When you test out on backing you have to do all backing maneuvers in a row. Um, yeah, my leg was a little tired afterwards. But, boy did it feel great when Harold told us we passed.

Days 9-10 I drove for 250 for both days and it was so much fun. I also got to do a pull through at a truck stop dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif We are both doing so well we are testing out early. Training at Millis is 3 1/2 weeks, we are finishing in 2. I never had a problem with shifting so the time out on the road was great! I think I’m a natural when it comes to trucking. I can’t wait to get out with my trainer. Oh, and we did drug tests before going to the motel on Friday.

Week 3-

Day 1- Orientation day! Paper work! BORING!!! Nuff said!! lol

If you have any questions please ask. I didn't put all the details because I'm tired lol. I would recommend anyone who wants a lot of drive time training attend Millis. It's been an awesome experience thus far.. cheers ladies!!!

I know what what you mean Harold was great and Orientation was hella boring! But now it is time to go out with the trainer and get these miles over with!! So i can come back and go regional at the Burleson Tx Location. What is your average pay for a week here as a regional driver and what was your lowest?

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.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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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