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What Kind of Truck Driver Do You Want to Be?

Sometimes a look through the “Drivers Wanted” section in the newspaper or online classified ads can feel like a trip to Baskin-Robbins. Exactly how many different flavours of truck driving jobs are there?

To help ease the confusion, we here at First Class Driver Training can provide a brief description of the most popular types of jobs:

1. Local Pick-up/Delivery
Local drivers generally work in a small geographic area, delivering items and orders to local businesses. Most drive smaller trucks, but occasionally there are opportunities for drivers licensed to operate tractor-trailers. Courier companies, florists, and bakeries are all the sort of companies that employ local drivers.

2. Short Haul Trucking
Short haul jobs are, as the name suggests, confined to a relatively small geographic area, a half-day’s drive maximum. Short haul drivers return to their homes each night, so it’s an ideal situation from a family perspective. Short haul trucking can be done in trucks as small as a cube van (requires a Class 5 license), straight truck (Class 3 license), or tractor-trailers (Class 1 license). As a short haul trucker, you can expect some responsibilities beyond simply driving the truck (loading/unloading, fueling, record keeping, etc.) Generally, short haul drivers are paid less than long haul truckers, but many find the extra time spent at home is worth the compromise.

3. Long Haul Trucking
Long Haul – also called “Over the Road” drivers are the type of truckers you tend to see in movies and the media. They are professionals who specialize in moving large tractor-trailer loads of cargo over great distances. They often spend days (or even weeks) away from home, and can live in the trucks they drive, which are often equipped with beds, televisions, refrigerators, and microwave ovens. While compensation is good, many drivers find themselves challenged by the long periods away from their families. Because there is a great deal of cargo that travels long distance by road in North America, there are a lot of companies who specialize in this type of trucking. As a result, jobs as company drivers at these firms are often the easiest way into the trucking industry.

4. Owner/Operator
Owner/Operators both own their own trucks, and work as their drivers. Generally, they lease or rent their equipment and services out to large carriers. Instead of being paid hourly or by the kilometer, earn a share of the revenue. Though the earning potential is higher, and the tax benefits of owning a small business apply, Owner/Operators must bear the risks and costs associated with owning their own trucks. People who choose this route tend to be experienced as company drivers, and have an aptitude and desire to operate their own business.

Whichever path you choose, First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg can provide the training you need to take the first steps toward a new career in trucking. Our trainers will prepare you to take the Manitoba Class 1 or Class 3 License test.

To find out how our training can make an impact on your life and career, contact us online or call 204-632-5302.

Working Close to Home

Some people just don’t feel the call of the open road. Others have family situations or other responsibilities that mean long periods away from home just aren’t an option. This doesn’t mean that they can’t be truck drivers, but they will have to look to different employers for jobs that will keep them closer to home.

There is a demand for Pick-up and Delivery drivers who work in a relatively small geographic area (generally one city or region). Most often, this work is done in a regular hours, approximately 9-5. Some goods need to be moved around at night, so there are opportunities for night shift drivers, too.

A lot of these kinds of jobs are done in smaller trucks, like cube vans (Class 5 license required) and straight trucks (Class 3 license), though there is need for a drivers with a Class 1 license to operate a tractor-trailers locally. First Class Driver Training can help you obtain the required licenses for these jobs, and prepare you with a quality driver education program.

Just because these jobs are local doesn’t mean they aren’t challenging. Local drivers tend to deal with urban traffic all day on roads that aren’t necessarily truck friendly, while those on longer hauls tend to spend more time on the highway.

Whatever your goals in the Trucking Industry, First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg can provide the training you need to take the first steps toward a new career in trucking. Our trainers will prepare you to take the Manitoba Class 1 or Class 3 License test.

To find out how our training can make an impact on your life and career, contact us online or call 204-632-5302.

Opportunity Knocks

If you’re serious about undertaking a new career as a truck driver, but find the cost of driver training holding you back, you may want to consider the Entry Level Professional Truck Driver Training Program

Brought to you by Manitoba’s Public Insurer and a number of trucking companies who are sponsoring the training because they have a real and immediate need for truck drivers, this program can provide you with training at a school like First Class Training Centre to become a truck driver.

In order to qualify for the tuition, you must be a Canadian living in Manitoba, 18 years old (21 and meet medical requirements in order to drive in the U.S.), get a Criminal Record Search and Commercial Driver’s License Abstract, and obtain a Manitoba Class 1 learner’s license.

You will have to agree to drive for a trucking company insured by MPIs Special Risk Extension department for a minimum of two years from when you begin your on-the-job training.

This program provides the simplest way to get started in an exciting new career in the trucking industry. To begin the process today, contact an Employment Manitoba Centre.

As one of the program’s Approved Truck Driving Training Schools, First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg is equipped to provide the classes and in-truck lessons you need to obtain your license. Our trainers can draw on more than 50 years of combined experience in the trucking industry. The First Class Training Centre’s Class 1 Practical Skills Driver course is 38 hours long, and prepares you for the Manitoba Class 1 License test.

If you have questions about our program, or are looking for guidance in pursuing financial support from the Entry Level Professional Truck Driver Training Program, feel free to contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.