McLane employment and strength test questions.

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  1. Dean1986

    Dean1986 Bobtail Member

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    Hello, i'm a brand spanking new CDL class A holder and have prospective employment with McLane in a new terminal in Ohio. I am fully aware of the physical strains of this job. I really just need employment it's been three weeks since I passed my exam and obtained my license. My questions are about my upcoming driving test, and physical strength test. what should i expect and should i study/workout? Again, i'm green as green can be. thanks.
     
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  3. truck_guy

    truck_guy Medium Load Member

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    These are the exercises you will be doing. It is incredibly stupid and mimics absolutely nothing you will do in your job, but you have to pass it for employment. I was off for five weeks with a broken finger, and I had to do it again before I could go back to work.

    This is an isokinetic machine, meaning the harder you push, the harder it pushes back. And it works both ways, both flexion and extension. Body weight is a factor in scoring, so if you're a big guy you really have to push it. I can't tell you if you need to work out.

    No idea on what to tell you about the road test. We have our route here that has a lot of different dynamics in a twelve mile loop. Personally, I look for a driver that is safe, courteous, and doesn't abuse the equipment. I can usually tell how it's going to go before we get out of the yard. We test on ten speeds. Auto trans restriction doesn't work here. Every place is different, though.

    I assume this is the new grocery dc in Findlay? Great way to start out, sleeper truck and 53' trailer on a 7-eleven lot ;)
     
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  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Road Train Member

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    Food service is like getting thrown into the deep end, or boot camp. If you can survive food service, not only is everything else easy, but you can do anything. If you survive.
     
  5. Dean1986

    Dean1986 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks truck_guy, I couldn't have asked for a better answer. Yes it's findlay. I was told by a management guy that I have the job, I just have to do these other tests. I already have done the written test but couldn't do the driving test because I didn't bring my medical card. Not entirely my fault because I wasn't told I had to. (Mine isn't a "card" but like 4 pages, not exactly wallet friendly.) So I'm waiting for a call to go back in. I feel like a 15 year old boy waiting on a cute girl to call him. I'm anxious, nervous, and need an income using my cdl.

    I'm 6ft ,200lbs and 30 years old. Not in the shape I was when I was roofing but not a slob. Hopefully I can ace the strength test. Thanks for the info.

    I had an interview at another place here running trailers back and forth from a factory to a warehouse 3rd shift for 15 an hour. There was an old guy that seemed to get a hard peter with me not having experience and charges from 10 and 13 years ago. I just got my cdl and need a place to start. I did fine with their driving test but the guy wanted me to float gears and wouldn't let me double clutch like I was trained. Apparently these guys need a super trucker to their #####. Anyways, too much info but that's what's up with me.
     
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  6. truck_guy

    truck_guy Medium Load Member

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    We've hired some pretty inexperienced drivers here and had them with trainers longer than usual. Sometimes it's more about people and their potentials. I've failed several drivers that claimed lots of experience but also had lots of bad habits, and I've also advised the bosses to give a pretty green guy a chance.
     
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  7. truck_guy

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    I should also mention that during both times I did the IPCS thing, nobody suggested stretching. Ten minutes of warmup on a bike was it. The first time, when she was switching the machine over from one leg to the other, the first hamstring locked up tight and I came out of the seat in a hurry. Do yourself a favor and stretch those hammies before and after and in between.
     
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  8. lonewolf4ad

    lonewolf4ad Road Train Member

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    truck_guy answered pretty well about the isokenetic. I hope y'all have better luck with your divisions that McLane Western. The warehouse guys there are CRAP, and when highways shut down the question is "why did you stop?" The last straw for my partner and I was the winter bid this year, we were expected to go from making over 1300/wk to less than 900/wk.
     
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  9. trein444

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    I work for the Houston divison and our warehouse blows. These guys can't put a pallet in the truck turned right if there lives depended on it and the pickers could t pick there nose correct either. We going through major changes. More drop site less 2 day routes and local routes w helpers are popping up.
     
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    trein444 Bobtail Member

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    As far a strength test goes. Act like u wanna break the machine. That's what I was told and it worked
     
  11. Dsparil

    Dsparil Light Load Member

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    Thinking of joining up with McLane in a month or two (friend moving in with me to take care of my dog). What do trainers fail you on? I don't get it? Drive truck, unload product, deal with haughty customers, rinse repeat. How long is training and how much are you paid?
     
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