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

Length of Training

In total, the training and orientation program lasts anywhere from three to 10 weeks and is mandatory for every Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) employee. 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. 

Why do all 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. 

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 whole 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 three 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.

Want to learn more about what it takes to be a Dot driver?