New to tanker..tips,advice,etc

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by FreezingHot32, May 1, 2024.

  1. FreezingHot32

    FreezingHot32 Light Load Member

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    Hey im taking my talents to the tank!!! Im 6 years in the industry mostly dry van, reefer, and container work. Recently just parked my trucks after losing my backside lol and signed up to get risky. There is Trimac within 10 miles of me thats where im starting my journey. I eventually think I wanna haul gas or def but what do I know....I do have an automatic restriction if that plays any part in the advice and tips. Oh yeah I stay in the upstate of South Carolina near greenville and spartanburg. All advice tips and life lessons are greatly appreciated!!!!!
     
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  3. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    Pay attention to the training, ask questions every time you don't understand and always use your protective equipment.

    Complacency WILL get you hurt!

    Those few who I've seen hospitalized failed to use the PPE provided.

    PPE has ONE purpose; to get your tookus out of a jam and it cannot do that one most important function when left in the truck.

    Take your time and be safe and make sure you really understand what you are taught.

    It is NOT 'rocket science'; a trained cave man can do it!
     
  4. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    Do you already have a job lined up with Trimac?

    If so -- what routes will you have?

    What fluids will you be pulling?

    Any hazmat?

    How often will you be back home?

    -- L
     
  5. FreezingHot32

    FreezingHot32 Light Load Member

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    It’s a regional position, they say out between 1-4 days, but I think I’ll ride along local for the training period. Not sure on routes or what fluids tomorrow morning will be my 1st day with actual training I’ve been taking tons of courses the last week on the computer.
     
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  6. FreezingHot32

    FreezingHot32 Light Load Member

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    Yes I’m definitely respecting the possible danger with the product I hope I don’t bug the trainer with all the questions
     
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  7. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

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    That's exactly what you're supposed to do during training. Their job is to teach you, and your job is to learn.

    Also, go to my profile and click on the Information tab. There are links to some posts I have made in the past that you might find helpful.
     
  8. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    If Trimac will hire you (in the current freight environment)....& they have a terminal about 10 minutes from your present location -- then that is probably a "no brainer" place to start life in the tanker segment. :confused:

    Do keep us posted on how things go for you. There are scant posts/threads here on any recent life over at Trimac (or at other tanker fleets, for that matter).

    -- L
     
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  9. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    I started any new trainees with this statement:

    "The ONLY stupid question IS the ONE you DIDN'T ask!"

    Also, don't answer questions without thinking what was asked and making sure you understood the question.

    A communications seminar yeilded a great tool.

    When asked a question, repeat the question which lets the speaker clear up any missunderstandings before things go awry.

    The second day I expected the trainee to remember what was covered on day one and their success or failure at these bits would tell me if they really were listening/learning.
     
  10. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Double check at the “point of no return” make sure right tank, right product.

    should’ve already made sure room with cushion

    “Point of no return” is after hoses hooked up but before opening ANY valves.
     
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  11. Lav-25

    Lav-25 Medium Load Member

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    Like the man said - bug the hell out of the trainer !!! When i train i show what i know and then have you do it . Just sitting there nodding without writing it down wastes my time and yours.
     
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