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What Road Is Your Career On?

Now is the Time to Think About Your New Professional Truck Driving Career

Class 1 Training

Fall is here and most of us are now back to our regular routines. Does your routine include a dead end job with no future? Maybe it’s time to change it up. If you want to be in a job in 2020 that really pays, you need to start planning for your success now.

It’s no secret why First Class Training Centre is fully booked with Class 1 Training students until the end of the year. Our success rate of placing our graduates into great professional driving jobs is the best in the industry.

There is a shortage of drivers.

Many companies are in desperate need of road ready drivers. First Class Training Centre enjoys great relationships with all of the major transport companies in Manitoba. Let us help you to not only get the best training for your Class 1 license, but also benefit from our reputation in the industry.  Long Haul Trucking is one of the fastest routes to making over $50,000 per year.

Contact us today to discuss the possibilities…

Whether you live in Brandon, Winnipeg, or in rural Manitoba, find out why First Class Training Centre is the industry leader in Class 1 and Class 3 training.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school to springboard your career, First Class should be at the top of your list.  Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

Call us today at 204 632 5302 to discuss why your future looks bright behind the wheel!

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.

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.

Look Out! Summer Brings New Challenges on the Road

Summer’s coming, and with it longer days, warmer nights, and a whole lot of things to enjoy.

Unfortunately, it brings some worries, too, especially if you spend your days driving a truck. Here are some things you need to be prepared for:

Busier Highways
Summer is vacation time, and the roads are going to fill up with travellers who have recreation on their minds. Many will be travelling in unfamiliar locations and operating vehicles that they don’t spend a lot of time behind the wheel of. Be especially mindful of RVs and 4-wheelers towing trailers, and give these drivers as much space as you can.

Harsh Climate in the Cab
It’s going to be uncomfortable, especially out here on the Prairies, where the sun is hot and the days are long. Make sure your truck’s air conditioning works before the season starts, and make sure you have sunglasses, appropriate clothing, and that you stay hydrated, so you can stay healthy and alert.

Maintenance Requirements
Basic vehicle maintenance requirements are heightened in harsh weather – hot or cold. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated (remember to check them when they’re cold, as pressure is likely to go way up when driving in hot conditions), that your truck’s fluids are fresh and at optimum levels. Don’t forget the windshield wash – you’ll be scrubbing lots of bugs off your rig, especially early in the season.

Take it Slow
Remember, no load is worth endangering your life. If traffic’s bad, or you’re too hot, or tempers are flaring, sit back, take a deep breath and a big swig of water, and drive on. Let cooler heads (yours) prevail.

With over 50 years of experience in the truck transport industry, our instructors have seen it all! We’re happy to pass along our tips and tricks, both in the classroom and if you want to contact us.

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.

Trucking In Winter

Truck drivers do a whole lot more than hang on to a steering wheel and watch the kilometers pass.  Out there on the road, they are the manager, driver, navigator, communications technician, and safety officer.

When driving in winter conditions, there are a lot of things that a driver needs to do to manage the business of getting themselves and their loads from A to B.  Here are some tips for driving transport truck in the winter:

Be comfortable. If the road conditions get to the point where every kilometer is nerve-wrecking, you’re headed for trouble.  Time to pull off and let it pass.  Watch other truckers – if they’re getting off the highway in droves, there’s probably a reason.  Seek experienced drivers at the truck stop or on the CB, and follow their advice.

Be prepared. In the event that you have to stop somewhere less civilized than a truck stop, or go off the road and have to wait for a rescue, make sure you have some survival gear in the truck. Extra blankets, water, food, a first aid kit, and some candles are essential winter travelling companions.

Make sure you have plenty of fuel. In winter, you can find yourself in a traffic jam for hours, and you don’t want to be worrying about how much diesel you have.  When the temperature gets cold, diesel fuel will gel and your truck won’t run.  When driving in winter conditions, make sure you use an anti-gelling additive.  Buy some extra ahead of time, because it can get scarce at truck stops when everybody suddenly remembers that they need it.

Go easy.  No load is worth your life.  Don’t drive faster than conditions will allow, and if they won’t allow driving at all, don’t.

At First Class Training Centre, we’re in the business of preparing people for the real world conditions they will experience in the trucking industry.  To find out about an exciting career in transportation, visit us online or call Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. Info Session for Class 1 Truck Driver Training

Come join us at our next information session, taking place on January 13th, 2014 at 3pm and 7pm.  Open to all Metis, Non-Status & Inuit Clients.

Click here or Contact us for more information.

Safety – First Priority on the Road

Trucking is a critical part of the Canadian national economy.  90% of the goods sold in our stores travel by road, and the volume of freight travelling at any given time is steadily increasing.  This means that the number of opportunities to become employed in the trucking sector is on the rise.  It also means that the number of trucks and drivers out there in harm’s way on North America’s highways is at an all time high.

First Class Training Centre is Winnipeg’s best place to start training for your trucking career.  Our seasoned instructors have over a half century of combined experience in the transportation industry, and will teach you the invaluable safe driving techniques that will help to make your trucking career a long, safe one.  Here are some of the things that they’ll teach you during your course:

1)      The most important safety device in the truck is sitting in the driver’s seat. Proper rest, nutrition, and the right frame of mind is essential to maintaining the level of concentration that safe operation of a truck requires.  Take care of yourself – never violate laws regarding hours of service, and never, ever drive tired.  Fatigue impairs!

2)      Be aware of traffic around you.  Drive according to road conditions – never too close to the vehicle ahead.  Be cognizant of the truck’s “No-Zones”, areas where you can’t see a hazard.  Drivers of passenger cars don’t always know when they’re invisible to you.

3)      Vehicle maintenance is key. You’ll learn how to do a proper “circle check” before starting your trip, and spot potential faults before the wheels start turning.

4)      Drive Defensively! Keep your license and your life.

The instructors at First Class Training Centre will help you acquire the skills you need to land and keep a job in the trucking industry, and put you on the road to a long and safe career.

To find out more about First Class Training Centre and how we can help you take those important first steps toward a rewarding career in freight transport, contact us online or call Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

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.