September 19, 2014
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Lessons learned from completing the MTD training program and earning a Commercial Driver’s License.

Congratulations and Thanks, Bill Volk!

Today, June 30 is MTD Managing Director, Bill Volk’s last day. He is retiring from the District after serving in the role of Managing Director for 40 years. Well, 40 and a half years to be exact, his first day was … Continue reading

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Bus Operator Summer Review

School may be out for the summer, but here at MTD classes are in session. Bus Operator Summer Review Training began June 9 and continues through August. Every summer, classes of operators are brought in daily to spend time with staff … Continue reading

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Training Simulators Generate Safety Returns

A 21st Century Tool “It’s taken two years, but I believe the training simulators were fully integrated into MTD’s Training Program at the start of 2012,” reported Jim Dhom, MTD’s Safety & Training Director. Procurement of funds began in 2009 … Continue reading

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State Comes to MTD for CDL Re-Examinations

The inspiration for creating this blog was my enrollment in the MTD Training Program to earn a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). I published my first post in March of this year, after I had completed the program and … Continue reading

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Goodbye CDL Training, Hello Desk

My class of six, two training to be bus operators, two training to work in our Maintenance Department, and two staff members, passed our tests and graduated. The bus operators went on to Line Instruction and the technicians returned to … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown: CDL Driving Test

The day came to take my four-part CDL driving exam [See State of Illinois CDL Study Guide - PDF]. In accordance with state regulations, Jim Dhom, Safety and Training Director, requires 84-96 hours of driving experience before a student takes … Continue reading

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Sharing the Road

One of the values of having gone through bus operator training, besides gaining the ability to brag about driving over twenty tons of vehicle, is learning what road choices make the job harder and easier. So in the spirit of … Continue reading

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Hats Off to the MTD Trainers

For the last couple of weeks before my final CDL exam, Dhom and the Trainers focused on MTD routes. Dhom made certain each trainee had driven every size (30’, 40’, and 60’) and series (’93, ’94, ’96, ’97, ’01, ’03, … Continue reading

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Defensive Driving Triumphs Over Distraction

After a week of bite-sized driving experience, the time came for each trainee to spend a full day operating a bus of their own. Dhom and the Trainers brought the group back into the classroom to cement our understanding of … Continue reading

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If you enjoy multi-tasking, be a bus driver.

The amount of time I spent in the driver’s seat increased each day. At the beginning, more than one trainee would share a single bus for the day’s training. We’d practice a driving skill, drive for 10-15 minutes and then … Continue reading

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