Starting School Monday 5-18-2015

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Michael J.'s Comment
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starting school monday at TDI in sellersburg indiana.any one have good info glad to hear.went ahead and got my permit today good ideal. Or not.

Michael J.'s Comment
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Got a pre hire from n d l transport any one have info on them.i think they do alot of texas runs.home terminal is indiana.thanks in advance.

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.

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.

Michael J.'s Comment
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Well its sunday morning. Starting to get a little nervous about school tomorrow but im going in with a open mind and heart.always wanted to drive over the road my dad drove when i was young and i would go with him.now im 48 years old and feeling like a kid again.is this normal?love this Blog very interesting. Thanks for reading.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Skydrick (Brian L.) 's Comment
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Hi Michael,

That is a completely normal feeling. This is an exciting new life direction you have placed yourself on. It sounds like you have already done some research and you know a little about the industry through family. But I think most people around TT will tell you they had jitters before their first day of class or orientation and certainly their first time behind the wheel. So enjoy it, and relax. Congrats on the permit, at least you won't have to worry about book studying when you get to class. Maybe study for some endorsements if you want them.

It is great that you already have a prehire as well, no harm in working on a few more just to be able to make some choices if you would like. But either way that is great to already know you have somewhere to go. Good luck and let us know how its going.

Prehire:

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.

Michael J.'s Comment
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I sure will.plan on posting every day of class just to help the next guy out.because i enjoy reading about every ones experiences on TT.so tune back in tomorrow on my firstday.

icecold24k's Comment
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starting school monday at TDI in sellersburg indiana.any one have good info glad to hear.went ahead and got my permit today good ideal. Or not.

I went to TDI in Murfreesboro TN several years ago to obtain my CDL and signed on with Swift from there. As far as the school I enjoyed it. It was fast paced but they really worked with us to ensure we had an understanding of things. They did a good job in teaching us the basics. Just enough to pass our CDL exam and graduate. Overall it was a good school in my opinion. Most of your real world training however will come once you sign on with your company of choice and spend time out on the road with a trainer. If you have any other particular questions feel free to ask me.

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.
Michael J.'s Comment
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Thanks icecold 24k i sure will.i have an offer from northwest freight for percentage pay.ever heard of them?

Michael J.'s Comment
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Started school today.not alot to say alot of papper work.and theres always that one guy who knows it all.im not judging. Him just not listening to him .will check back in tomorrow.

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