Monthly Archives: October 2013

Interview on The Road Trip with Michael Clark

Our president, Jim Campbell was interviewed by Michael Clark for an episode of The Road Trip.  Watch the video now as Jim talks about some of the latest innovations in the truck industry.

Passing on the Knowledge – A Career in Driver Training

Most people who come to First Class Training Centre are looking for our industry leading instruction and help in obtaining the credentials required to start a career in truck driving.
Some people, however, have an eye on the long term. They want to be truck drivers, but they also have an aptitude for teaching, and a desire to help others. People with these attributes tend to find roles for themselves teaching others, some as driver trainers.

It is true that almost all driver trainers are experienced truckers. It would be hard to teach people about the rigors of the road without having experienced them firsthand. That’s why all of our instructors are “old hands”, who have done their time out there on the highway, and earned their stripes in the business. If you’re interested in a job training the truckers of tomorrow, the best thing your can do is become the best driver you can be today.

Winnipeg’s First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking. Topnotch instructors will give you the skills you need to take on the challenges of the transportation industry, and you’ll learn firsthand what type of person makes a good driver trainer.

To find out more about opportunities for truck drivers, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Shunt Driving

Often overlooked by drivers looking for a foot in the door in the trucking industry, jobs as Shunt Drivers at warehouse facilities are a great way to get experience with equipment, and an opportunity to handle a great deal of freight without having to travel too far. In fact, most shunt drivers spend their whole day in one yard.
Moving trailers from the dock where they’re loaded to the yard for storage and later pickup is essential to the operation of any warehouse. The docks themselves are very busy, and as soon as a trailer is full (or empty) it needs to make way for another one. This “back and forth” movement is called shunting, and many warehouses employ a driver expressly for this purpose.

You’ll need to be organized, and able to deal with paperwork and data entry. You’ll need to be able to pick up and drop trailers in all kinds of conditions, sometimes in very crowded lots. Drivers who have worked as shunt drivers early in their careers will never be intimidated when making deliveries to warehouses, because they’ve become experts at backing trailers into tight spaces.

Shunt driving jobs are often considered “entry level” trucking jobs, because they tend to pay less than short or long haul cargo jobs, and may occasionally entail physical work in loading or unloading trucks, depending on the employer. They can, however, lead to other jobs in the industry, both on the trucking side and on the warehousing and logistics side of the operation.

First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking. Our instructors have years of experience in the business, and have helped countless people down the road to rewarding careers in one of the country’s fastest growing industries.

To find out more about careers in the trucking industry, and the steps you need to take in order to make it happen, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.