Just want to know if anyone has done the inexperienced driver orientation in Carlisle, PA, and what your experience was like. Also, if you have any advice or tips, please share as they are appreciated.
Anyone do orientation in Carlise, PA for Schneider?
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I went through it last year, but in Wilmer, not Carlisle, but they're probably pretty similar. First day is mostly paperwork and drug test. Next couple days are classroom, and then the days will be half classroom, half backing practice until the end of the second week. Third week is with your Training Engineer. The days run about 7am - 5pm M-F, with a half day on Saturday to finish up your computer based training modules. Make sure you're on-time to catch the bus from the hotel. If you will be late for any reason, make sure you call to let someone know. Don't let the instructors catch you messing around on your phone while they're teaching. You'll get tired of the same food options every day at the cafe, but it's free. Breakfast is provided at the hotel, but you're on your own for dinner. Overall, I thought the training was good, instructors were good.
If you have any specific questions, I can try to answer.
2. When you're on the truck with the Training Engineer, during the third week, after finishing the driving day, do you sleep in the same truck or in a hotel?
3. When you stay at the hotel, do you get your own room or share a room with another person?
4. As far as backing goes, i didn't learn the 45 degree or 90, because they don't teach that where I went to school, and I didn't get tested on it either. Is that something I can learn here? Or do they expect me to already know how to do it?
5. How many people are in the classes?
I started out in trucking with Schneider orientation--but at their Atlanta location, instead.
The Carlisle, PA terminal is a MUCH NICER facility--congrats!!!
At that time--I shared a hotel room with another student.
He was a seasoned businessman, and very mature--so we got along just great.
Fast forward to now--in a world gone covid mad, it may (or may not) be the same.
The training engineers are GREAT people--and are some of the most professional you will probably ever meet in the trucking industry.
Learn all you can from them while you can--your time with them will be short.
Not sure if they will take your current med card now--it depends on several factors: where you got it, how old it is, any other health conditions they may think you have, etc.
They may want you to get a new one with a doctor they have on site, or nearby. If so--I think they will pay for it.
Don't worry about what you were (or weren't) taught in CDL school--Schneider will teach you what they want you to know.
--Lualgentleroger Thanks this.
2. My TE was female and I'm male, so we alternated who slept in the truck and the other one got a hotel for the night. Schneider has strict rules about opposite sex TE and students not being in the sleeper at the same time. If you are both same gender, you would most likely both stay in the truck.
3. I had a room to myself, but I think that was because of COVID rules in place at the time. I saw someone report recently that they had to share a room, so I'd expect to have a roommate now.
4. I didn't do those backs in school either, and Schneider doesn't expect you know it coming in. During the first two weeks, they only teach the 45 degree back and that's what you'll be evaluated on. If you want to practice the 90, you can ask your TE to work with you on it. I asked an instructor why they didn't teach the 90 and he said it was because the 45 is more difficult and once you get that down, it's easy to adapt to a 90. Two weeks is a short time, so they expect you to pick it up quickly, but they were willing to put in extra time with students who weren't getting the backing quite as fast.
5. There were about 20 people in the inexperienced class and another 20 in the CAT program (new drivers that don't have a CDL yet) that started the same week I did. Classroom time was all together. For backing and driving practice, we were divided into groups of 2-4 students to one instructor/truck. I think about 13 or so of the group of 20 in the inexperienced class made it to the end. The others dropped out for various reasons-failed drug tests, personal issues that came up, catching covid, etc. I don't remember anyone being let go due to trouble backing.
Hope that helps.
I was there in January. Overall it was a good experience. Hotel room by myself. Bus picks us up in the morning. It's sink or swim and a lot of people were dismissed for being bad drivers or being too fat. Maybe 30 people in the class cut down to 20 in the end. They will give you time to practice backing but it's not much. Luckily I had this down from my CDL school.
I shared a truck with my trainer OTR which was the worst of it. Not so bad but I wasn't thrilled to be camping in a parking lot with some random dude. 5 days and you're done. Home for a few days then you get your own rig. It will be an old clapped out Cascadia but if you prove yourself they will upgrade you. Went from a 2018 to a 2021 which was nice.
I did six months on a dedicated account and it was great. About to transfer to tanker. Learned A LOT in the past six months. Good luck. Stay safe out there.
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