Western Express Orientation. Recap of my week!

Discussion in 'Western Express' started by Braydinsdad, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. Braydinsdad

    Braydinsdad Bobtail Member

    Apr 3, 2017
    So here is a recap of my orientation if anyone is interested:
    I left St Louis on Easter Sunday (4/16) heading to orientation at Western Express in Nashville. When I arrived in Nashville I called an Uber to get to my hotel. Better than waiting on the shuttle considering it was Easter Sunday.
    The hotel was absolutely disgusting and of coarse there are two people to every room. My recruiter was supposed to request a private room for me and I had buy out the other bed for 25 dollars a night. Well clearly she "forgot" to do this so I had to stay in the room with someone because the hotel needs authorization from Western to allow you to buy the other half of the room. BS!
    Monday (4/17) started orientation at Western Express. It was hectic as we all had to do paperwork, drug tests, (urine only, no hair tests) driver simulator and pre-trip class.
    Tuesday (4/18) was a full day of DOT classroom fun. Ugh.
    Wednesday (4/19) the people that passed their drug test got their hire packet with fuel cards and then took a driving test. (I passed everything btw).
    Thursday (4/20) was the first day of load securement class for flat bed- yes more classroom!
    Friday (4/21) was day two of load securement, we went out on the yard and learned hands on how to secure coils and loads and how dangerous improper securement can be. (Deadly)
    Saturday (4/22) we took drivers loads apart and properly secured them... I was surprised how many loads were not done right. Stupid! Then we took our load securement final test.
    Sunday (4/23) I was off and it rained all #### day so I stayed in the motel.
    Monday (4/24) we took more loads apart and got our trainers assigned to us. I left Nashville around 11pm with my trainer. We delivered a load in Indianapolis Tuesday (4/25) and headed north to Elkhead Indiana. I am here because my trainer gets a few days off between trainees. They put me up in a nice ### hotel and that is where I am now and will be until Friday when we head out. Thank god I am out of that ghetto crack motel in Nashville! (Westerns motel) Today I walked to Wal-mart to get more supplies and laundry detergent for my journey.
    Tomorrow I'll do laundry here at the hotel and relax. ✌
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  2. 123456

    123456 Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2010
  3. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    Sounds like the worst is over. Go get 'em, man!
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  4. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    NE MO
    Well you got that little bump in the road over with.
    Good luck and keep it between the ditches !
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  5. jeastonjr

    jeastonjr Light Load Member

    Nov 4, 2013
    How would you rate your trainer? His experience and his ability. I'm just curios.
  6. Braydinsdad

    Braydinsdad Bobtail Member

    Apr 3, 2017
    He is awesome! I prayed all week that I would get a good one and he is great. He has been driving over 20 years and has 2 million accident free miles. I know Western will allow you to become a trainer after 90 days so I'm sure there are some crappy ones out there.
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  7. Braydinsdad

    Braydinsdad Bobtail Member

    Apr 3, 2017
    Thank you. I'm here to learn and absorb as much information as possible. Just a starter company for me.
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  8. Braydinsdad

    Braydinsdad Bobtail Member

    Apr 3, 2017
    Thank you sir!
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  9. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Medium Load Member

    Jan 25, 2017
    Congratulations !!!!!! And best of luck to you sir !!!!!!

    I have purchased my own hotel room during orientations .... The company I'm with now puts us up in our own room during orientation and will put us up in our own room if we judge weather conditions to be to bad. The only company I've ever known that does this.
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  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Is the motel the one just off Trininty Lane?There's a truck stop across the interstate from the motel?
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