Question for trainers and or people who have completed tnt training

Discussion in 'Prime' started by crocky, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. crocky

    crocky Medium Load Member

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    Im curious if you have completed your training how long did your TNT phase take? If you are a trainer Im curious how long do you normally try to keep your average student in the TNT phase.

    Obviously Prime claims its supposed to be 30k "combined" miles which can be done in 6 weeks, but seems fleet managers and trainers, Prime's advertising and recruiters all seem to have different opinions..

    My question is because sure I want to get in my own truck ASAP because lets face it, the training phase sucks.. Not your truck , no real personal space, the truck is moving probably 23hrs a day ect..ect.. Not to mention the training pay is kinda crap for the hours you are working..

    On the other hand I want to make sure I have proper training before just jumping off on my own. Im picking this up pretty fast, but Im also trying not to out pace my capabilities. I mean at this point, Im pretty secure in the fact I could take a truck pick up a load and drop it off barring any crazy out of the way things.. Im dealing with shippers/recievers, doing the qualcom and depart calls ect..ect..

    Right now Im about 16 days into my TNT training and after we drop our current load, Ill be sitting at 13k combined miles. Its easy to see Ill be over 30k miles in less than 3 more weeks.. Now I dont plan to try to instantly jump into my own truck at that point, but Im not trying to be taken advantage of either as cheap labor...

    My trainer has said he wants to keep me on the truck until the end of October and then he will decide if Im good enough or continue into Nov.. I didnt say anything at that point, because I dont want to affect my training but there is no way in hell Im staying in TNT til November. If I was having lots of issues then sure I can understand that but really at this point Im mostly needing help with just really odd ball stuff or some guidance while backing into tight spots.

    I went into this figuring my entire training from start of orientation to me being in my own truckwould be roughly 3 months. My personal end date Im looking at for my TNT is no later that mid Oct. I believe I will be more than ready in that amount of time.

    There is obviously a money motivater for trainers to keep students on their truck as long as possible but I also have a money modivater to get myself in my own truck..

    I dont want to short change my training but I also dont want to be taken advantage of and honestly, I realy do not like the "team" aspects of the TNT training.. I just need my own space and I need to be able to get out of the truck and walk around..

    Im curious what others have to say on what the appropriate amount of time TNT training should take on average.. just to give an idea we did over 5k miles my 1st week and 6k last week. Not sure what this week will be because we may have to sit for a reset at some point.
     
  2. 'SP

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    TNT training should take 6-8 weeks
     
    crocky Thanks this.
  3. crocky

    crocky Medium Load Member

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    That was sort of my impression as well. So you think as long as I myself feel ready and I'm not making mistakes any longer than 8 weeks and they are taking advantage?
     
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    My advice to you would be once you get your 30,000 miles and you feel confident going solo, upgrade and go solo. You would make more and be more comfortable in your own truck
     
  5. crocky

    crocky Medium Load Member

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    Well see this is where they don't really inform you well.. On one hand the website and recruiters and orientation all say 30k miles..

    Yet when I talked to my fleet manager and asked how it works if the trainer tries to make me do more.. It was like he was trying to make me expect to do way more than 30k.

    The fleet manager said, well 30k is really just the minimum.. It was like he was trying to tell me I'd have to do more.

    This is why I'm asking so I can see how it worked for others.
     
  6. 'SP

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    I onced talked to a driver that was in TNT for 6 months. He got along well with his trainer and wanted to stay on his truck a little longer but Its your choice if you want to stay on his truck or not. Once you get your 30k miles, your able to upgrade and get on your own truck
     
  7. crocky

    crocky Medium Load Member

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    Well I get along well with my trainer and he does train well, but the living conditions kinda suck and the complete lack of any personal time/space with the truck moving almost 24/7 is what makes me want to be done as soon as possible.

    At least once Im in my own truck Ill be able to stop at the end of my drive shift and get out of the truck to walk around and so on..
     
  8. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

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    So Prime's idea of training is running cheap teams for a while? Where's the training you couldn't have done alone?
     
  9. crocky

    crocky Medium Load Member

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    The 1st part of training is with your permit and at that point the trainer has to be in the passenger seat anytime you are driving.

    After you get the CDL is more about learning the ins and outs of dealing with shippers/receivers doing the Qualcomm stuff and getting better with the truck and so on..

    I mean, honestly that type of training is needed for a new cdl holder but if you have a cdl is only like 10k miles you have to do if I'm not mistaken.

    At least it's not like crst or sprint where they put 2 band new drivers together hand them the keys and wish them luck.

    Also keep in mind I'm getting $100/day while in this training, so $700/week. Granted it's not awesome pay but it's better than most. I mean is really less than $10/hr but I've seen other companies that are only paying $500/week during training.

    I actually made $845 last because because the $700/week is based on 5k miles but we did over 6k so a I was paid more.

    Granted considering the hours worked even $800 isn't much but still not horrible I guess being I'm being trained.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2017
  10. Tommy1955

    Tommy1955 Bobtail Member

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    I have been out there for a long time since 1981 do all training get well acquainted with your job take your time your training will pay off you will be better fot it
     
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