Knight Orientation

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Andre R.'s Comment
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This is the second orientation and this is nothing like the first. Day one was drug screen and physical. The physical was the most in depth that I've seen. We also did smith system. Day two we arrived at 8am. We completed payroll paperwork for direct deposit and selected daily or weekly deposits (3 sheets of paper). We have been sitting the entire day idle. It is now 130 and are still sitting. In was told there would be no road test and that we could be finished this afternoon but that's still up in the air. There has been no policies gone over no Qualcomm or even benefits. I am assuming the reason for such a short condensed version is we are a small class of 3 which I am the only one with a class a the others will be attending knights school to obtain theirs. I was told that my trainer will be in touch with a meet date and time we shall see where this leads and I'll update as more unfolds. I will say the people here have all been very welcoming and friendly

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Your trainer will go over the Qualcomm or the newer Zonar system, depending on which truck they have. Once you finish up your training is when you'll do your final road test and get assigned your truck.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Where are you doing your orientation?

Andre R.'s Comment
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I'm in Gulfport Mississippi. We just had driver development come in and chat with us a while. Everything seems in track with the way they do things here which I very laidback. So far all seems.on track.

Old School's Comment
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You'll enjoy the atmosphere at the Gulfport terminal. Everyone is real friendly, and there is a family like atmosphere. You'll be meeting J.P. the Office Manager/recruiter/best all around helpful person here for a newbie to know. You'll also meet Wayne, the terminal manager, Howard the drivers liaison, and safety manager for the terminal. An older former driver named Tommy will be doing your orientation stuff, teaching you the "Smith System", and road testing you in a ten speed truck. He's a great guy who's real easy going and full of truck driver stories.

It may seem a little disorganized to you at first, and you may find yourself sitting around waiting at times, but it will all work out in it's own time.

Andre, that is a quote from my response to your thread about jumping ship.

It may seem like you are sitting around a lot, but it is usually because they are waiting on something before they get on to the next step. I doubt if Tommy even knows how to use the Zonar. Your trainer will show you most of that type of stuff.

Good luck, and welcome to the Knight family! Gulfport is my home terminal, but I'm in Connecticut tonight.

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.

Andre R.'s Comment
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Old school you couldn't be more correct. Everyone here is beyond nice. Howard Mr.Tommy jp and Wayne have all made us feel very welcome. We should code out tomorrow morning. As for the wait you're correct they are setting up payroll and driver I'd numbers as well as waiting on drug screen. Mr. Tommy was not there today. Tomorrow he will be back we will finish the Smith system and off we go one to olive branch me to a trainer here and the other to a flatbed trainer in the Monroe Louisiana area.

Andre R.'s Comment
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Completed orientation today with knight in Gulfport. Met a lot of really nice folks over these three days. I'm looking forward to hitting the road with a trainer and getting this show started.

Old school I'd really like to chat with you via private message if you have time I have a few questions that I'm sure you can answer for me as these were not gone over in orientation.

Old School's Comment
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Andre, all you got to do is click on my name in my avatar and that will take you to the place where you can send me a private message. It will go to my e-mail, and I will answer it as soon as I can. My response to you will go to your e-mail that you registered with on this site.

Andre R.'s Comment
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Ok so I've been home waiting on a trainer since Thursday. On the average what is the normal if there is such a thing. I don't want to seem impatient but I am bored as hell sitting around the house.

Andre R.'s Comment
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Ask and you shall receive. I leave out Monday. Can't wait to get this process going.

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