Troy Pritchett works through his final exam on the loading/unloading simulator that is part of driver training program at Schneider National Bulk Carriers (SNBC). Pritchett went through the program at SNBC's newest training facility in Reserve LA. Like all of SNBC's new hires in 2009, Pritchett already had several years of truck driving experience.
Brian Spaulding [left], an SNBC trainer at the Reserve LA facility, reviews Melvin Thomas' performance during the loading/unloading simulator final exam
Driver trainees study hazmat regulations, company policies, and other topics in the classroom trailer at the Reserve LA training facility.
Kendall Rothman [left], SNBC classroom instructor in Reserve LA, reviews driving simulator operation with Carl Odom prior to a training exercise.
Trainee Melvin Thomas checks out his hose connections on the manifold that is part of the storage tank simulator at SNBC's Reserve LA training facility.
SNBC trainers ran their own tests on two different brands of fire retardant coveralls. The ones on the left clearly failed the blow-torch test.
Elroy Hoover, SNBC operations support representative, demonstrates walking on a balance beam as part of SNBC's dexterity test.
Another dexterity test requires the trainee to squat on a tank trailer catwalk and remove a tank washout cap.
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