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Women Becoming Commonplace as Professional Drivers

Next time you’re on the road and you happen look in to the cab of a semi –truck, don’t be surprised if you see a smiling woman’s face.  At First Class Training Centre we are excited about the trend of the growing numbers of women choosing to become a professional driver.

First Class Driver Training for Women

The career of a professional driver is rewarding, challenging, and inclusive.  As the North American economy heats up and driver shortages become more critical, the industry is lucky to see more women enter the workforce.

First Class is the leader in Class 1 training for everyone.  Our facilities are bright, modern and welcoming.  We continue to be committed to excellence in everything we do.  If you are interested in driver training in Winnipeg or rural Manitoba, check out First Class and ask a graduate about us.  They’ll tell you that our professionalism, attention to detail and the best instructor to student ratio in the business makes a difference.

Here’s to you for making the right choice for driver education.

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.

Graduation Rate linked to Job Placement

At First Class Training Centre, our focus is to be the best truck driving and safety training school in Winnipeg, Brandon, Manitoba and Canada.

Excellence in Driver Training

It’s no wonder our graduation rate is one of the best in North America.  Our dedication to being the best helps you to be your best behind the wheel.

It all starts with a dedication to quality in everything we do.  Our instructors are at the top of their game and we have the best instructor to student ratio in the business.  Our equipment is modern, clean and in superb condition.  We also offer the only mobile driver simulator in Manitoba.  At First Class, we create an environment of excellence.

What does this mean for you when you graduate from your Class 1, or Class 3 training?

Simply put, First Class Training is recognized in the industry as one of the premier training centres for driver training.  The trucking industry recognizes our graduates are road ready and can contribute to their organization immediately.

If you are thinking of a career in a big rig, or you are looking to upgrade your truck driving skills, you need to know that First Class Training Centre is the high road to success

Class 3 vs Class 1. Invest a little more to get more.

At First Class Training Centre, we get many inquiries for students seeking information about training to attain a Class 3 (tandem axle truck) licence. A Class 3 licence allows the holder to only operate a dump truck or 5-ton straight truck. And if they do pull a trailer, it can’t exceed 4,600 kg (10,000 lbs).

Potential students of First Class are considering a career move that will involve some sort of driver training. Short term thinking may limit the potential of a student to maximize their career.  As an example. If the job driving a Class 3 vehicle disappears, wouldn’t it be better to have more options than less for your next career move? As well, having a Class 1 license will generally move you up the pay scale quicker even if the unit you are driving is only requires a Class 3 designation..

Class #1 & #3 License Comparison
Class #1 Class #3
Can operate any class of license except motorcycle Can operate only a tandem axle truck and passenger vehicles
Probability of getting job: Excellent Probability of getting job: Fair
Training Cost: $8400 Training Cost: $1600
Course Time: 244 Hours Course Time: 20 Hours

Some companies will only hire drivers with a Class 1 license.  This makes total sense as a Class 1 driver can operate any vehicle.  Class 3 drivers are limited in what they can and can’t drive.

First Class Driver Training is the industry leader in driver education in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba.  Our graduates are successful in job placements throughout North America. We are MPI accredited, and have a proven track record of success.

Tire Tips Wednesday

There’s a reason that the English language has taken on the saying “Where the rubber meets the road” to describe the moment of truth in a situation.  For safe vehicle operation, well-maintained tires are critical.

They’re also one of the most costly consumables in the road freight industry.  If you’re an owner/operator, tires can have a big impact on the bottom line of your business.  Here are some tips for prolonging the life of the tires on your tractor and trailer:

1)      Circle check! Do your walk around, and pay close attention to your tires.

2)      Maintain correct tire pressure. A tire that’s 10% overinflated will wear 18% faster.  Tires that are underinflated will run hotter, upping the risk of sudden failure.  Check them at least once a week.

3)       Keep them in balance. If they pick up mud or snow, or debris lodges in the tread, your tires will become unbalanced, which causes them to wear faster.

4)      Brake maintenance. Drum brakes are particularly prone to freezing on, and causing a tire to skid, which destroys it.  Have them serviced regularly, or consider a switch to disk brakes.

5)      Be careful off the road. Many loading docks, and especially construction zones and scrapyards can be minefields of tire-destroying debris.  It can pay to get out and have a look before heading in.  The rearmost tires on your trailer are particularly susceptible to damage, as they’re closest to the dock (and furthest from you) when backing up.

6)      Be proactive. Tires can be effectively retreaded, but not if they’re too badly worn or acutely damaged.  Be on the lookout for problems, take care of them quickly, and you’ll save money (and headache) in the long run.

First Class Training Centre is Winnipeg’s premiere source of truck driving instruction.  To find out how to start a career in the road freight industry, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Experience the First Class Difference

Let’s face it, there are lots of truck driving schools.  The Winnipeg area, as a central hub of the Canadian trucking industry, has a number of them.

Why should you choose one over another?  What makes First Class Training Centre a leader among Winnipeg driver training schools?

Experience

All of the instructors at First Class are career truckers.  Demand for our solid training and unique perspective on the trucking industry has been fuelling growth, and we now have six instructors on staff, with combined on-the-road trucking experience that exceeds two centuries!

Any truck driving school can teach you how to drive a truck.  At First Class Training Centre, we teach you how to be a truck driver.  All aspects of the job are covered in our training.  We don’t limit our instruction to the things that will help you get a license; we want to help you get a job.  We’ll do this by sharing the kind of insight that can only be earned by spending years doing the job, and helping you prepare for a career in the industry, not just a road test.

We know that trucking isn’t for everyone.  While the career offers great rewards (and all the trucking schools will tell you about the security and higher wages you can expect as the number of available drivers shrinks over the coming years) we can tell you the real story, and prepare you for the real career.  All of our instructors know exactly where the rubber meets the road.

If you want to find out if trucking is for you, come talk to our instructors.  First Class Training Centre is an excellent source of information for the curious and training for the committed. Our mission is to help our students build careers in the trucking industry. Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Information Sessions – Thompson, MB

Today is the day!

We will be holding 2 information sessions today in Thompson, Manitoba for drivers that are interested in receiving Class 1 or Class 3 Driver Training and becoming a professional driver.

The information sessions will take place in the TRCC Multi Purpose Room at 3:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm.

Interested in arranging a group driver training session? Give us a call at 204-632-5302.

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!