What Did You Do Before Becoming A Truck Driver?

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Driver_engineer 's Comment
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actually a driver engineer right now so a firefighter, EMT, and just a fire apparatus driver hoping to be a trucker soon.

John E.'s Comment
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English is not my first Language, hope I don't make too many spelling mistakes. I am currently working as a Registered Nurse, and also taking my CDL classes. Just want to do something different when i need time off from Healthcare.


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.
Dave T.'s Comment
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Dave T.,

That's really fascinating, to me !!!!

I learned AutoCAD back in the day, too. Attempted to, would be a better word. Even with my strong math & physics skills, I never really got the '3D' of it all. Stuff like this, is what you did ?!?!?

Yes, I mainly used AUTOCAD to do all of my drafting until Solidworks came out. I spent countless hours behind the yoke with my pencil and paper with all my measuring instruments taking extremely detailed sketches drawing the different instruments. I had to crawl all over those planes and even walked the wings a few times on the big planes or lying on my back under them working upside down 😂. A lot of the time the mechanics, the sheet metal guys and the electricians would just build something from scratch to make it work and then I’d have to go and basically reverse engineer it and turn it into detailed drawings on the computer. It was all hush hush kinda stuff so I can’t go into details but it was pretty awesome stuff.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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