Will post current day to day info for those interested.
I am attending the program in Marshfield, WI. Our class breakdown is as follows. 7 classmates are flatbed and I am the only dry van student which means I will be done sooner since I dont have to do the flatbed specific training.
Day 1: You will meet in the hotel lobby at 630 (breakfast opens at 6). The instructors will pick everyone up at shuttle everyone to the terminal that doesnt have a car.
4 of us were instructed that we needed to go to clinic to do some paperwork since it's been over 30 days.
Once we arrived at the terminal we were separated. The 4 of us who needed to go to clinic knocked out the physical capacities test. A lot harder than the video makes it seem.
After we all went to clinic we completed new hire paperwork until lunch.
After lunch we split up and half went into the simulator and the other half covered logging and other general classes. After a few hours we switched.
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Did they cover the $7000 cost of "supposed" PAID OJT as you are HIRED from day ONE as an employee, and that you "owe" them 15 months of servitude or owe them back? How long did they spend covering that topic?
I've had other jobs in my past, that came with OJT.... never did I owe the company time ( 15 months ) or had to sign a contract to Pay back for what was called, Employee On The Job Training. It sounds like a good deal, but the devil is in the details.... you quit, you owe...they fire, you owe.... unforeseen life change, you owe.... This program is not On The Job Training as an employee from day one. You're on day one....probably not to late to really have the contract explained.
Yes, I looked into this when I thought about coming back out on the road....it seemed great til it wasn't.
Ask them, if I am now an employee...why do I have so sign a contract to pay back for OJT. Ask yourself, what other companies do that? If you hire in at a manufacturer that produces widgets, and they hire you with no experience, and train you how to operate the widget machine for a few weeks til you get the hang of it, and you have to leave there in 6 months for whatever reason.... do you heave to pay them back for training you for that first month?
If it's a CDL SCHOOL.... just call it that. My CDL school was 3395 at TrainCo..... I could have done a refresher for $2000, but imes had changed a bit, and my company offered reimbursement of $300 a month ( not Taxed )... so in 11 months, I had paid myself back the schooling.
Roehl says you don't get paid to go to school... they PAY you $500 a week, cuz you are an EMPLOYEE...not a student. Til you quit before 15 months....
When I asked the hard questions with the recruiter.... they became "disinterested " in me...lol, after almost daily calls of asking about my intent to go to the Indiana terminal to start my new job....
Plus the pay was like .43 a mile for FlatBed.... I started at my company after 3 weeks at Trainco for .52
The difference between .43 and .52 over 120,000 miles equates to $10,800 in wages.
Plus I got a APU and Inverter...and no mandatory 11 to 14 days out. I don't care about being out on the road, I just don't like the word "mandatory". My company offered me 5 and 2 off, and extra weekend pay if I stayed out, which I did 3 outta 4 weeks on avg. that isn't included in the extra $10,800 difference between .43 and .52.
My apologies for long rant.... If things have change in past 19 months +/- than forgive me for this old information.
In the morning we learned about driving the Roehl way and about the safe 7. After lunch the class was split into two groups of four. The two groups each went onto the range and practiced shifting for the remainder of the day.
Good Luck with that.
After doing tons of research I went with them, what a Joke.
We went through 5 different instructors in 3 weeks.
90 percent of the time was spent sitting out in the truck doing Pre-trips wondering who are next instructor might be.
Flat bed training was all one day of training. You will learn the rest out on the road with your trainer who just learned 3 months prior.
Observe the securement of the flatbed loads going out of the terminal and you will see what I am talking about.
Today, my group learned about turns in the sim while the other group went over pre trips. After several hours we flipped. After lunch we worked on the range and practiced shifting with a trailer. They also briefly covered uncoupling/coupling
Not sure what location you went to but everyone here is assigned two instructors. Everyone in my class is flatbed besides me and they already told them they have to do a week of flatbed securement at the end of the course so not sure about your experience.Last edited: Aug 30, 2018
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