Orientation With CCC Transportation (Comcar Industries)

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Diver's Comment
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I start orientation tomorrow morning. I just got down here to the motel and checked in. Orientation is in Auburndale and the motel is about 6 miles away in Winter Haven. As far as the motel goes, I've stayed in worse, but it isn't to bad. No coffee maker in the room, but they do supposedly have a hot breakfast at 6 am. Since orientation is fairly close there should be enough time to grab something.

Not sure how many of us there are here, but they do orientation for CCC, CT, MCT and CTL here. So there should be 30 or so I'm guesstimating. Guess I will find out tomorrow. it lasts for 4 days and then I head back home. They'll tell me where to report next Monday to start training.

Comcar does hire recent grads in case anyone in school is looking for a company. I'll post how orientation goes in case there is an interest in finding out about Comcar.

Bleemus's Comment
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I start orientation tomorrow morning. I just got down here to the motel and checked in. Orientation is in Auburndale and the motel is about 6 miles away in Winter Haven. As far as the motel goes, I've stayed in worse, but it isn't to bad. No coffee maker in the room, but they do supposedly have a hot breakfast at 6 am. Since orientation is fairly close there should be enough time to grab something.

Not sure how many of us there are here, but they do orientation for CCC, CT, MCT and CTL here. So there should be 30 or so I'm guesstimating. Guess I will find out tomorrow. it lasts for 4 days and then I head back home. They'll tell me where to report next Monday to start training.

Comcar does hire recent grads in case anyone in school is looking for a company. I'll post how orientation goes in case there is an interest in finding out about Comcar.

Just got back from A trip to Florida. Get a straw hat for any standing around in the sun you will likely be doing. Keep us posted on your progress!

Diver's Comment
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Thanks Bleemus. I live 3 hours north of here so I know what you are talking about! Hoping not to have to do to much standing around outside, but this is my first ever orientation so I'm not sure what to expect. Will do!

Diver's Comment
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Day 1 complete. It consisted of redoing our application on paper, open book DOT test, physical agility test, road test, DOT physical and some other misc paperwork.

Agility test was no big deal. The road test wasn't bad at all. It was my first time driving a big rig with an automatic transmission though. Now the DOT physical was once again a pain in the tookus for me. My first physical I didn't know I needed a CPAP compliance report so my card was delayed until I got one, no big deal. This time I was prepared! I made sure to get an updated report last Friday. My paperwork from CCC said to make sure I brought one so I figured I was set for this one. WRONG! This place not only wanted the report, but they also wanted a statement from the Dr saying my apnea was under control from the CPAP treatment. Geez! My Dr won't send the statement without seeing me and they can't see me until June 4th. Going to see if my primary care Dr can help me out before I leave Thursday. The compliance folks are going to let me stay and do everything else and all will be good if I can get it before the end of the week.

Can't wait to what tomorrow brings.

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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Diver's Comment
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Day 2 done. It consisted of a fun filled day of company policies and written tests on them along with some very dated videos. Looking like tomorrow will be more of the same.

So far I've been impressed with everyone I've met with the company. And today was no exception. My primary care Dr said he couldn't help me out on the sleep apnea deal so I figured I was pretty much SOL. Went back to the compliance folks and told them what was going on. They said they talk with the VP of Safety and get back with me. This afternoon they told me that I would be getting a 3 month medical card, but that I had to get the statement from the Dr within that time period. So, everything is good to go. They really did me good on this and I am very appreciative. 2 more days orientation and I move on to a trainer. Woo-hoo!

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Bleemus's Comment
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You got lucky on the Apnea. Now go kick some butt and get on the road!

Diver's Comment
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Day 3 in the books. Today was pretty much like yesterday. More video, more lecture and more written tests. We covered the Smith System today too. Had a visit from HR to go over our benefit package.

Tomorrow payroll comes in to get direct deposit paperwork. We have more videos and 2 final tests. We'll also get our driver #'s and become official company drivers! We will then be going home for the wekend and report to our respective trainers/terminals Monday morning.

It has been a long time coming, but it is finally here!

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.

Diver's Comment
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Orientation complete as of yesterday afternoon. I am now officially a company driver in training with CCC Transportation!

JC Big Country's Comment
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Congratulations I hope everything goes good for you. I am just about to start training at my local technically college, and I have been looking around at different companies to start out with possibly when I graduate and CCC Transportation is one of them. So I was wondering if there was any information and tips you could give me about the company, the hiring process, orientation overall, the trucks, what made you go with them, anything really would be a great help?

Diver's Comment
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Congratulations I hope everything goes good for you. I am just about to start training at my local technically college, and I have been looking around at different companies to start out with possibly when I graduate and CCC Transportation is one of them. So I was wondering if there was any information and tips you could give me about the company, the hiring process, orientation overall, the trucks, what made you go with them, anything really would be a great help?

Thanks JC. I did my training at a Technical College down here in Florida. Eight weeks worth and over a 1000 miles of driving. So far I'm happy with them. The pay is not the greatest, but they'll tell you up front that you won't get rich with them. Orientation wasn't to bad, 5 days worth in 4 days. :)

Orientation is paid at $76 a day. The hotel is so-so and breakfast is provided there. They also provide lunch, dinner is on you. The first day is physical agility, road test and a DOT physical. They have all automatic transmission trucks. I'll be doing dry bulk tanker which is a big part of their operation. But they also do van and some flatbed in CCC.

The nice part is that CCC is under Comcar Industries which has several different diviisions. CCC is mostly dry bulk and van. CT is flatbed. MCT is reefer and CTL is chemical tanker. After 6 months you can move to another division and your time goes with you.

In CCC I'll be getting paid a percentage (20.9%) of the load rather than cpm. I initially was looking at a regional gig with them driving FL, AL, GA and the Carolina's out 5 and home 2 for the most part, but by the time I finished school I ended up with a local position home every night. No endorsements needed with CCC by the way.

Let me know if you have any other questions about them. Good luck to you!

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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