Monthly Archives: April 2019


Autonomous driving vehicles are coming.  Certainly, they will be a big part of the trucking industry in the future. Many existing drivers are worried that their jobs will be at stake and this is doing nothing to promote the professional driving industry to young people. Why would they join a workforce that will be obsolete in a few years?

But could autonomous driving actually be a boon to getting millennials into the cab of a big rig?

Some industry experts are suggesting that autonomous semi-trailer trucks could contribute to solving just about every road issue the trucking industry has right now, and it could help to fuel the recruitment of new drivers to the industry.

Equipping any truck with autonomous technology does not mean that the truck doesn’t need a person in the cab. A driver would still be needed in the vehicle, for emergencies, for handling the exit or entrance from the interstates, and for actually driving on the local roads. Current and foreseeable technology suggests there will be limitations with weather, quality of road markings, and other not so common road occurrences.

Autonomous technologies will actually make the job of driving easier, safer and maybe even more fun.

Also, a truly autonomous vehicle isn’t going to be standard anytime soon, especially when you consider just how much is involved for safety and security.  Many industry experts think it will be at least 10 to 15 years before there is a significant industry uptake.  Drivers shouldn’t think it means they’ll be out of work. If anything, they’ll just work differently, and perhaps enjoy their work more.

It may be similar in scope to an airline pilot. Sure, the plane can be on auto-pilot for long stretches of time, but when it comes to important work like landings and take offs, that’s when most people are comfortable in the knowledge that a real person is at the controls.

Over the next decade, the whole trucking experience will change such that it will be appealing to young truck drivers. The technology will be exciting and will engage young people brought up in the digital world. Like an airplane, semis will have so many safety features, graduates of Class 1 licenses will not need as much experience as seasoned road veterans to accomplish the same level of competency and confidence.

Autonomous technology should attract more women to the cab as well. This could really help fill the employment funnel with eager young drivers that may help to solve the global driver shortage.

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Manitoba Fall Short in Implementing Minimum Training For Class 1 Licensing.

Good news and bad news. Based on the fallout from the Humboldt tragedy last year, the Manitoba government has stepped to the table by requiring a minimum number of hours of training before someone can get behind the wheel of a big rig.  The 121 1/2 training hours that will be required are consistent with Saskatchewan and Alberta, which also moved to bring in mandatory training since the Broncos crash. It came into effect this month in both provinces.
Although 121 plus hours is a big improvement, is this enough?

Most industry members suggest that the government has fallen short in providing the public with the industry-accepted standard for registered schools of 240 hours, or six weeks of training.

Jim Campbell, president of First Class Training Centre agrees with what the industry recommends; “Our Class 1 License course is 244 hours. Our industry partners know that when they hire a First Class Training Centre graduate that they are getting an individual that is truly road ready. The minimum training is a good first step, but the government needs to listen to the industry rather than come up with some half baked number.”

With offices in Winnipeg and Brandon, First Class Training Centre is the most respected Class 1 educator in Manitoba. We continue to receive positive feedback from the industry as to how well our recruits are trained and how quickly they can be assimilated into the workforce. If you are looking for the fastest path to the best paying semi-truck driving jobs, First Class is the place for you.