Training and Technologies
Werner Enterprises understands what it means for drivers to get home as often as they can, spend time doing things other than filling out paperwork, acquire assigned loads safely with optimal production and communicate with family and dispatchers with ease.
Werner carefully implements only the technologies we feel have a positive impact on our drivers, and we’re continually on the hunt for new technologies to enhance driver quality of life on the road.
Industry-leading technology is a way of life at Werner. Orientation consists of fast-paced and informative paid training featuring an on-site instructor leading drivers through a variety of classroom, hands-on and computer-based training courses. Drivers are introduced to Company policy, federal regulations and our generous benefits program.
Electronic Log System
On June 10, 1998, Werner became the first truckload carrier authorized by the Federal Highway Administration to implement electronic logs, replacing traditional paper logbooks used by drivers to record work hours and activities. Many entries are made automatically for drivers from information transmitted from trucks via satellite. Werner’s Electronic Log System eliminates the need for drivers to draw lines or manually calculate work hours available in an eight-day work period. Without the hassle of completing paper logbooks, our drivers can focus on driving.
Onboard Satellite Communications
All Werner trucks are equipped with satellite communication capability from Omnitracs, Inc. This enables drivers to communicate with dispatchers and receive load information anywhere.
Critical Event Reporting
CER (Critical Event Reporting) is an Omnitracs based vehicle monitoring system that allows Werner to proactively identify and respond to driving events in near real time. Tools like MobilEye and CER are used to reduce accidents through education and bring safety awareness to the forefront.
Home Time, Miles & Safety
When assigning a load to a driver, the drivers’ home time needs, productivity and safety are Werner’s main concern. Our computerized decision support system assists experienced load planners in ensuring every load and every driver are an optimum match for both driver and customer. Werner’s systems and staff are designed and trained to work for the driver, increase miles and productivity and position drivers in areas to get them home on time.
Train the Trainer
As one of the largest over-the-road transportation providers in North America, Werner has developed an advanced and demanding new driver training program. The keys to the success of this program are the trainers. Conducted at corporate headquarters in Omaha, Neb., the “Train the Trainer” class is a rigorous and informative program designed to help our trainers become the best in the industry.
The Professional Trainer Advisory Team
Who could better refine and upgrade Werner’s training program than an elite group of successful trainers? Werner’s Professional Trainer Advisory Team is comprised of 10 current trainers who have undergone an extensive qualification process and represent “the best of the best.” These trainers assist Werner in staying current with possible issues that could arise in the field and help discover methods to constantly improve our trainer force.
Werner remains an industry leader by integrating the most advanced computing technologies into our business operations. Our eTrainer system is a perfect example of the standard of excellence Werner provides drivers.
eTrainer is a computer-based training (CBT) program developed for the continually changing rules, regulations and techniques related to the world of the professional driver. Within our eTrainer program, drivers are introduced to streaming video, written instruction, hands-on exercises, examples, quizzes and tests to ensure lessons are retained. Werner continually offers up-to-date training material relative to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) established guidelines.
Werner has CBT facilities available nationwide and can provide drivers with the training required when it is convenient for them.