Roehl Trainee Starting 7/6/2015

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Christine P.'s Comment
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Well my recruiter was Cathy from Roehl who i contacted a week before I graduated from a recommendation because I never heard of roehl..very smooth process.everytime she needed proofs I sent them immediately....Kathy asked which route I wanted I was confused of what she was referring to then she explained 7/7 7/4 7/3 5/2 of course I chose 5/2 which meant I would be working with dry van...when she sent my prehire it showed I would be home 34 to 48 hours..I need that explained bcus I was told in school that 34 to 48 hour reset is to include 1am to 5am twice before u can get back on the road and that wasn't part of your home time...so I'll ask tomorrow...she also said I have choice of driving car or greyhound..I chose greyhound but it sucked bcus a 9 hour trip turned into 13 hours with a 3 hour layover bus change in chicago...was told I will start off making .31 a mile after I get my own truck but in the meantime I will get $300 next week by Thursday and $300 the week after combined with $90 a day once I get with female trainer which Cathy told me if one is not available I would go home at their expense and wait until one bcame available or she will come to my house to pick me up....I arrived in Appleton at 2pm and immediately called hotel they were there to pick me up and another guy who was there with his tip in about 10 minutes....we checked into hotel and I was told my checkout is 7/15 which means I'm actually there for 10 nights total.... no problem....I was given room keys and told breakfast is at 630 am so setting clock for 600 am.... I'm a late sleeper lol....there is a target store, wendy's and arbys and gas station that also sell food to be cooked and such within walking distant in fact gas station wendy's and arbys is right next door to hotel and u can see target across fwy that's right next to hotel.....I waited all day and realized no roommate yahhhhhhh...well off to bed I hoped that helped for my first day here...I will give summary for my entire days until I get my first load

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Christine P.'s Comment
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Forgot to add I just got my cdl a license from michigan before I came here in Appleton wisconsin..marshfield is for flatbed training..

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.
Christine P.'s Comment
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Woke up this morning thinking I was late because it was so light out but it was only 545 am 15 mins to go so I got up and got dressed and got all the things needed for orientation and made my way to cafeteria where they had opened early and thanks to helpful staff made myself a Belgium waffle and cups of orange juice...u won't go hungry they have eggs sausage oatmeal packs bagels mcmuffins coffee yogurts eggs fruit..we loaded up in the 2 vans and made our way to training facility..a few forms to fill out there are 5 of us that's here and told 3 yard instructors so we should have lots of yard time....first stop was to get a physical with urine drug test then hair drug test I have a short hair cut very short not enough arm or leg hair no armpit hair so she shaved my hair near the nape uggghhhhh I started hyperventilating uggghhh..my urine came up at 500 for glucose so she had to stick my finger it was only 128 on to next stop after waiting for a ride was work simulation where we had to do various exercises to simulate being at work on the truck...even if u already had ur DOT card u have to get new card from them throw other one away...lunch and dinner is provided by ordering off of a menu sheet and it got delivered at noon ..lunch is an hour and on the way home dinner will be picked up from off the list...

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.

Christine P.'s Comment
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Well finally home after classroom training we stopped at Dennys to get dinner...came home exhausted..nothing to study tonight we went over logs will start doing logs tomorrow...more class tomorrow then heading to yard...they have a large pool at the hotel water slide small arcade room and pooltable..nothing else to post today

Todd M.'s Comment
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Fun day! My group transferred over from Marshfield to begin our second week. I'll just say that there are major differences between Marshfield and Fox Valley. Go Team Roehl! #safetyfirst

Christine P.'s Comment
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As I get ready to go to bed I realize I'm so out of shape my back and knees and thighs is killing me just from the test functions we did today def will get into a gym

Gary J.'s Comment
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Good luck Christine! I'll be following your post. I head to Marshfield for CDL training on July 20.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Christine P.'s Comment
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Very tired today I need to get to bed earlier...breakfast today was different from yesterday i had banana waffle cheese omelet and sausage patty...we waited fir shuttle and off to school we went....we started off filling out our log books today and watched a few roehl safety videos...after we went to lunch we went outside and was divided into 2 groups 3 for us and 2 for the other truck and instructor went over pretrip and in cab inspection....he then started up the truck and we went out on the road..he drove around for a bit until we made it to gas station and took a break...we got back in the truck and went back to the yard showing how to smoothly shift and downshift I'm thinking I can't wait to start driving...we get back to the yard and was told ok let's switch seats..so one of my classmate grabbed the wheel and we were told to drive up to 7th gear and make turns in 5th gear so gotta downshift....now I'm nervous....my classmate made it look so easy..after he was done it was my turn...uggghhhhh I felt sooooooooo new I haven't seen a wheel since 1st week of june....I started getting somewhat comfortable then came time to downshift newer truck so don't have to rev so high he calls it burping...it was hit or miss today lol..but I started getting the dance of down shifting...cant wait until tomorrow...we were reminded when in truck must bring log book..I've never uncoupled so i volunteered..I dropped landing gear and was told leave one inch clearance to give platform to move away from kingpin in the right angle...I then unhooked the pressure lines and electrical lines got in the truck and pulled off but was told I went too fast..don't want to drop trailer that fast...exciting day...went to Dennys got our food now about to go to bed at 6:00 lol hope to do better tomorrow...instructors say we should have our drug test results by late morning tomorrow and that they not waiting for hair test which sucks since they scalped my head smh and should be able to go on the road after lunch.. excitING day today :)

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Christine P.'s Comment
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I really do like roehl gary p I wish I could of did my whole schooling here...good luck to you

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