Orientation Expectations:

It’s hard to decide if changing carriers is what you need to do. Often, lifestyle changes occur, or you feel that your goals are not being met doing what you’re doing. We at Mid Seven Transportation feel strongly that our goal in every interaction, whether with our customers, contractors, or the general public, we should make people’s lives better in every interaction. As we continue to grow our fleet, you’ll have questions about our process. During our Orientation process, you will:

  • Arrange with our recruiting staff to arrive at our Des Moines office
  • Complete all DOT and FMCSA required steps, which will include drug screen and DOT physical
  • Your tractor will be inspected by our Maintenance staff for regulatory compliance
  • All new associate paperwork will be completed
  • Our Safety staff will oversee a road-test
  • We will discuss individual load securement training and other customer service requirements

You can expect to arrive at 8am on your first day of Orientation, and could be completed with all requirements by the end of the third day. You may use extra time on specific areas (additional load securement practice, additional HOS, or other regulatory training, etc.).

We want you to get to know us so we look forward to you spending time with each department, allowing us to give you a full over-view of what we do and how. We have an open-door policy throughout our company and we want you to know us from the very beginning.

Information Needed To Bring Your Truck to Mid Seven:

The most common question we’re asked is, “What is your cut-off for a truck?”. Unlike many companies, who will draw an arbitrary line in the sand at a certain year and not allow tractors older than that into their fleet, we understand that tractors, like the people who drive them, have different levels of wear and tear. To contract with Mid Seven Transportation, we prefer a tractor that is 10 years old or newer, HOWEVER, many times a contractor will invest in repairs and upgrades to his/her equipment and we want to be mindful of this. Tractors that have had a verifiable in-frame or overhaul will often have a longer safe mechanical life than newer tractors which have not have this extra work. We will review each tractor on a case-by-case basis, and our Maintenance staff will inspect each applicant’s tractor. At all times, every tractor on the road must at least meet the DOT/FMCSA safety regulations. For us, this is a beginning point. We want what you want – to not end up broken down on the side of the road with our trailer, and the customer’s freight. Working together, we will properly inspect your equipment up-front to avoid any unexpected problems.

You will need auxiliary load securement and other equipment as well. You should have (or you may choose to work with us to provide you):

  • Headache Rack
  • Chains, Binders (10 each, 5/16”)
  • 4” Cargo Strap Winches (6)
  • 4” Cargo Straps (12)
  • Coil Racks, and Beveled Timbers (6 each)
  • Wide Load and/or Over-dimension Load signs (2), and red warning flags (4), flashing amber strobe light
  • Tarps sufficient to fully cover loads which the customer requires to be fully tarped
    • 16’x28’ (2)
    • “Lumber tarps” (2)
      • Binder Securement (Cheater) Bar
      • Padding to protect from freight-tarp friction
      • Rubber cargo straps (21” bungies)(50)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to comply with the customer’s policies (which often includes a hardhat, work gloves, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and steel-toed work boots)