Many people dread the first couple of weeks on their new job. Why? Because it involves change, new surroundings, and new things to get used to. But we get it—starting a new job is stressful. So our goal is to make you feel as comfortable and safe as possible when taking the next step in your career.
About Dot Transportation’s Training & Orientation Program
How long does training & orientation take?
In total, the training and orientation program lasts anywhere from four to 10 weeks and is mandatory for every Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) driver. The length of the training will depend on your past experience and will continue until you are safe and comfortable behind the wheel of a Dot truck. Typically, training lasts four to six weeks for experienced drivers and eight to 12 weeks for new commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.
Why do all DTI drivers have to go through training?
Dot has a business model that many drivers haven’t seen before, and a lot of processes and policies that must be thoroughly explained. That means the training you are put through may be on the longer side when you compare it to industry norms.
That being said, after your training and orientation is done, you will be ready to hit the road with all of your new Dot knowledge.
6 Phases of DTI Driver Training & Orientation
Phase 1: One Week of Classroom Orientation
Your first week at DTI will be spent in an in-house classroom-style orientation. During this orientation, you will become familiar with Dot’s brand, business model, supply chain model, and more.
Orientation includes a wide variety of modules and lessons. A few of those modules include:
- O.S.H.A. training
- Emergency Action Plan
- How driver pay works at Dot
- Company and driver programs, such as 401(k), tuition reimbursement; shirt, jacket, and boot programs; passenger program, and more.
- Dot history and economics
- Trip planning and delivery paperwork
- Injury prevention
- Material handling and forklift training
- Truck information and equipment
- Food safety and security
- Smith System 5 Keys
We know that list can seem long and overwhelming. But our goal is that all of the information you learn will become second nature once you are out on the road.
Phase 2: One Week on the Road
- Hit the road with a Dot driver trainer as a passenger—you will be behind the wheel the majority of the time.
- Get introduced to the Dot process
- Develop your skills while our driver trainers supervise, shadow, and coach
Phase 3: Another Week of Classroom Orientation
- Head back to the classroom
- Continue tackling the wide variety of modules and lessons
Phase 4: Back on the Road
- Get back on the road with your driver trainer
- Continue on-the-road training until you and your trainer feel you are going to be safe and comfortable going solo
Phase 5: The Final Test
Before you are allowed to take a DTI truck out on the road on your own, you will have to complete a final test. But, once your trainer gives you the O.K. and you pass your test, you will be ready to be a solo Dot driver!
Phase 6: Hitting the Road Solo
Congratulations! Once you have completed your four to 10 weeks of orientation, you are ready to hit the road!
Overall, we know training isn’t anyone’s favorite part of a new job—but our goal is always to make sure you feel prepared to uphold Dot’s standards and brand promise, and you feel safe while behind the wheel of one of our 1,100+ trucks.