Other Career Options Than College Offer Quick Reward in the Post Pandemic Economy

Don’t Like How the Pandemic hi-jacked your job? Many of you may be thinking – that’s it. I’m going back to school so I can have a well paying career that is pandemic proof. The only challenge with that thinking is that for most college degrees, you will be investing a minimum of 4 years for a chance to start on the bottom rung of the professional ladder. 

What if I could tell you that for an investment of only 244 hours and at a fraction of the cost of a post-secondary education, you could have a well paying career that was pandemic proof. It might be time to think about a career as a Class 1 professional driver.

Class 1 Professional Driver

Becoming a professional class 1 driver/operator is a career option worth considering. After completing the intense 244-hour training, you will be able to command a starting salary of  $40,000 to $45,000. Because there is still a huge demand for qualified drivers in North America, your ability to quickly move up the pay-scale is there for the taking. To attract drivers, many trucking firms are offering regular routes to allow operators to enjoy a routine outside of the cab. 

The choice is yours.  By the time you graduate from college, your peers driving a big rig will already have made $100,000+. Spend less time in the classroom and more time earning great money!

Learn more about why a professional driving career is one of the fastest paths to a well-paying and rewarding job. If you want the best opportunity to be placed in the transportation industry upon graduation you’ll find out why most firms consider First Class Training Centre as the premier educator for Class 1 drivers in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and rural Manitoba. 

Should Vaccine Priority Be Given to Professional Long Haul Truckers?

There is much discussion among Manitoba health administrators as to whom should be prioritized for the vaccine shots that we all are looking forward to getting. I think we are all in agreement that front line health care workers, care home residents, first responders and first nations communities should be first in line.

After that, the choices are not that unanimous.  I would suggest that professional class 1 drivers that are crossing any provincial or international border should be among the first to receive the vaccine. These drivers are more at risk than many essential workers as they are exposed to many different jurisdictions with possibly more strains of the virus to contend with. 
Professional drivers are vital to our inter-provincial and international supply chains. Certainly they should be moved up in the vaccine cue to recognize their contribution during this pandemic.
At First Class Training Centre we take our job as Manitoba’s premier Class 1 educator seriously. We want the best possible training for our student drivers and will advocate for them as they become successful members of the professional driving community. If you get a chance, send your MLA an email advocating for semi truck long haul drivers to be part of the next group to get the vaccine. 

Your voice needs to be heard.  

The Class in Class 1 at First Class Training Centre

At First Class Training Centre, we like to think that we put the class back into Class 1 Driver Training.  Let’s talk about “class” from 3 different perspectives.

Excellence in Driver Training

1.  Class is where you go to learn.  Our “classes” at First Class offer the some of the best student to teacher ratio in the country.  All of our instructors have years of experience in the trucking industry and our curriculum is industry recognized as one of the best in the business
2.  First Class is really First Class. Everything we do at First Class is done with the highest standards in the industry.  Our facilities in Brandon and Winnipeg are modern and bright, and the equipment you train on is the latest generation tractor trailers.  We also offer the only mobile training centre in Manitoba.   We treat you with respect and have more one on one time than any other truck training provider.
3. It’s about giving you class. We know that you have made a big commitment to get your Class 1 Driver Training through us.   By the time you finish your training, you will have developed the self confidence to be great as a professional driver.  We want you to be proud of your career and build your confidence to be the best you can be.

Back to School is Just Around the Corner – Are You Ready to go back to school for a Career as a Professional Truck Driver?

Many people think of the start of September as the time when kids go back to school.

Maybe you have a young family, and find yourself in a job that doesn’t seem to fit or pay that well.  You’re having trouble to make ends meet.   Maybe it’s time to think of your next career move to start making some real money.

A career as a professional truck driver is rewarding and pays well.  The good news is that there is a definite need for graduates of Class 1 licensing.   Better news is that First Class Driver Training is the most respected and well run training school in the province of Manitoba. First Class Driver Training has offices in Winnipeg and Brandon and offers mobile training to most parts of Manitoba.

First Class Driver Training is the industry leader in driver education in Winnipeg and Manitoba.  Our graduates are successful in finding work all across Canada and the United States. We are PVI accredited and have one of the best teacher to student ratios in the business.

A Holiday Greeting from First Class Training Centre

From Jim and the team at First Class Training Centre, we would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season!  2013 was a year of many successes for us, and we are looking forward to another prosperous year in 2014.

We will be closed from December 24th afternoon until January 1st of the new year.  Our school will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd.  We will be starting a new Class 1 training course on January 4th so be sure to sign up for a spot to start the new year off on the right track.  We have limited seating available.

Have a wonderful holiday season and all the best to you and yours!

Ready Your Truck (and Yourself) for Winter Driving

We all experience trouble getting moving when the weather gets cold.  It feels like winter settles into our systems, and makes us more sluggish.  We don’t want to get out of our nice warm beds and head to work.

It’s a little like that for our trucks, too.  In cold weather (which there is no shortage of on the Canadian prairies), lubricant don’t flow as easily, fuel is reluctant to flow and burn, and moving parts become more brittle and break more easily.

Not only are breakdowns more likely in cold weather, they’re more inconvenient, too.  If you’re an Owner/Operator, there are some things you need to do in order to ready yourself and your vehicle for lower temperatures.

Preventing Winter Problems

Have your truck inspected by a mechanic before the cold weather comes.  It’s much better (and more economical) to fix the problem in a nice warm shop than it is out in the field.

Ensure that your fluids are winter grade (correct oil viscosity, coolant/antifreeze tested and rated for lower temperatures than you expect, and don’t forget to stock up on anti-gelling diesel additive.  It’s cheaper at home than it is on the road, and you’ll always know you have it.  Without it, your truck won’t run in low temperatures.

Equip Yourself

If you drive enough winter kilometers, sooner or later you’re going to be stranded.  Whether you’re snowed in at a rest stop (best place to be in a storm) or broken down in the middle of nowhere, you may need to rely on your survival kit.  Bring plenty of extra blankets, drinking water, non-perishable foods, and a flashlight with batteries.  Candles can provide light and heat in a sub-zero cab.  Also, ensure you’ve got a cellphone with a backup battery and charger with you – communications can be your lifeline in the event of an emergency.

If you want to learn what it takes to be a Transport Truck Driver, visit First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg.  You can visit us online or call Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.