CDL Training Resources & Truck Driver Career News

Helpful Information About CDL Training & Trucking Jobs

Check out this selection of news articles, training resources, and other helpful information about the trucking industry to learn more about your career choices and how to prepare for in-demand job opportunities in trucking. Then, when you’re ready to get started with your CDL Training, give us a call! 1-800-835-2540 or if you’re in the Twin Cities area, call 651-528-8994

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    Yes! You Should Get Yours. Here's Why...

    Getting your CDL License and starting a career as a professional trucker is a great idea for a lot of reasons. It offers job security, great employer benefits, impressive starting pay. It also opens the door to many different types of professional trucking career opportunities.

    The benefits of getting a CDL License:

    - Showing You The Money: In the first year of driving with a CDL license, the average trucker can expect to earn somewhere around $43,500. There is even potential to make up to $60,000. Many companies also offer bonuses for things like safe driving and distance traveled!

    - Flexibility and Mobility: With a CDL License, drivers have can travel all over the country. You won't get bored sitting in an office cubicle. You can also drive for a local company, with options of more flexible hours.

    - Job Security: Certified truck drivers will always be needed as long as there are goods to be delivered. Getting a CDL License leads to great employment stability and reassurance.

    A CDL License opens up a whole bunch of different driving jobs:

    - Long-Term Hauling: This is typically what comes to mind when someone says "truck driver." These are the folks who drive all around the country as their primary job, delivering goods and products nationwide.

    - Part-Time Work: Helping construction workers out by driving dump trucks, driving big 18-wheelers on weekends, or picking up the odd shifts as a bus driver are all popular ways for CDL License holders to make some part-time cash. These gigs are perfect for those with other jobs looking for some extra money.

    At HMTT, our students receive affordable, high quality truck driver training. By getting your CDL License and becoming a professional truck driver, you will have access to these benefits, and more! We partner with major trucking companies - and local ones too - to find the best career fit for you. Ready to get started?! Schedule a no obligation appointment to complete the pre-hire application and land a job before you even start training for your CDL License!
  • Completing Your CDL Training

    So you have the opportunity to train with a driver trainer, congratulations! This can be a great opportunity, but there are some challenges that come with sharing a small space with another human being for an extended period of time. Here are some tips to help make the trip a little easier: 1. Respect the Space When 2 people share a small area, nothing gets on nerves faster than having to dig through belongings that are not yours. Cab spaces can be small, be sure to keep your belongings together as much as possible, and clean up any food wrappers or messes you make. 2. Communicate Take advantage of this opportunity to ask your instructor whatever questions you have about driving and living on the road. At the same time, don't try to force conversation on someone who seems inclined to enjoy the silence. Also, be sure to talk about expectations your instructor has as soon as possible so you're both on the same page 3. Take a Break On the other side of the 'communication coin' is being intentional about taking time for yourself - watch something or read a book while taking a break at a rest stop, or listen to an audio book during some quite time. It's important to try to get some space apart, even if it's just mental space while you each do your own thing. 4. Be Humble, Work Hard, Relax!  These three things may seem hard to combine, but start with Be Humble: you are there to learn, don't let your ego get in the way of valuable lessons your instructor has to teach you. Work Hard: you are still on a job, be professional and remember to respect and trust your instructor. And Relax! If your instructor is having a bad day, don't take it personally; he/she is human too. Being nervous can also lead to more mistakes, so do your best to take deep breath and trust yourself as well. Interested in becoming a truck driver? Heavy Metal Truck Training offers Class A CDL Training in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. To learn more, head over to our Truck Driver Training Program!
  • Get CDL Trained at Heavy Metal Truck Training

    Are you ready for a new job opportunity, where you can earn a competitive salary and lots of benefits? Would you like to work with a well-known company and start a career? There are lots of truck driving jobs available that will take you across town — and the country — with the nation's goods and materials. With one of Heavy Metal Truck Training's accredited programs, you'll open yourself up to these exciting opportunities, build wealth, and gain experience in an important industry.

    Tuition Reimbursement

    • Heavy Metal Truck Training brings together lots of employers and drivers. In fact, Heavy Metal Truck Training students are almost universally hired, and they're sometimes employed before starting training with our pre-hire programs!

    • Then, you need to get trained. The majority of our partners offer tuition reimbursement, helping their drivers afford programs at Heavy Metal Truck Training with eventual monthly returns. Over time, those benefits add up, and students can accumulate as many as $10,000 during their employment.

    Competitive Salaries

    • Heavy Metal Truck Training doesn't open the door to dead-end, low-paying jobs. Graduates have long-term, full-time employment with high salaries that grow with years of experience, starting at up to $50,000 annually.

    Complete Benefits

    • You'll receive benefits from your company, including health insurance, dental coverage, and 401(k) opportunities to save money for retirement. With this compensation package, not only will you support yourself and your family, you'll prepare for the future.

      A career in truck driving offers a variety of opportunities and benefits. At Heavy Metal Truck Training, just off of Interstate 35 near Minneapolis and St. Paul, you can get training for success and connect with companies that want to hire you. If you're ready to explore truck driving as a career option, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you build your driving career.
  • 12-Year-Old Gets Insight of Trucking World

    For the second summer in a row, Jackson joined his grandpa, Craig Hunter, on a 16-day road trip aboard his 53’ dry van. Jackson and his grandpa have looked forward to this trip all year and were excited to spend quality time with one another. Keeping last year’s numbers in mind, Jackson was adamant in beating their total miles and states visited this time around. Though, they tied the amount of states visited, 13, they beat their total miles by over 1,500, with their final tally being 6,720 miles in 16 days. Wow! We sat down with Jackson to hear his thoughts on this year’s road-trip and the trucking industry. “My favorite part was by far spending time with my grandpa. Also, meeting the nice people both at Transport America and out on the road was really fun. I definitely want to go truckin’ again, and grandpa has 4 more grandchildren to take on the road! My cousin, Ella, has already decided she is going next year.” Traveling through 16 different states, Jackson and his grandpa drove through several popular tourist sites and we wanted to know what their favorite was. “I loved spending the day in New York City. Niagara Falls was a close second. Seeing all of the different sceneries on the road and just how every state looks a little different was also a cool thing to witness.” As most of us know, being out on the road can be difficult at times and there are certainly things that many of us don’t particularly enjoy. Jackson let us in on his least favorite, “I really missed my family and friends. The sleeping schedule is rough. Sometimes we would sleep in the middle of the day and drive at night for a drop-off. Trucking is hard. The long hours, bad weather and being away from home can really take a toll on someone.” As for Jackson, he’s decided that trucking driving isn’t for him, but he does want to serve the country in another way. He would love to join the Coast Guard or a branch of the military after graduating from high school. How awesome! We have certainly loved watching Jackson and his grandpa’s adventures. As for Jackson, it is back to school, but to all the drivers out there, Jackson says, “Be safe and keep on truckin’!!” Jackson’s truck driving grandfather earned his CDL by training at Heavy Metal Truck Driver Training. Heavy Metal provides Class A CDL training services for the Greater Minneapolis metro area. If you’re interested in beginning a career as a professional driver, learn more about our CDL training programs. To see all of Jackson and Grandpa Craig’s adventures, look to their Facebook Page.
  • A Gateway to Successful Careers

    Considering a career in driving, but haven't thought about a commercial driver's license yet? A license of this type can be a solid foundation to begin your career with, whether or not you make it full-time. If holding a commercial driver's license (CDL) isn't a priority for you now, we're hoping that you'll read on to find out why it should be.
    • You need a specialized license. Driving a truck is absolutely nothing like driving a car, and having a working CDL can prepare you for the road on a variety of different vehicles. With the training provided by a commercial driver's license, you'll have a better handle on the types of truck you'll be driving, not to mention unusual or specialized safety protocols.
     
    • You'll be able to drive all kinds of employment opportunities. Hazardous materials, mail carriers, long haul trucking, even part-time work driving a dump truck- these are all possible jobs that a CDL could prepare you for. Without a certified commercial driver's license, there are many types of driving opportunities that you just won't qualify for. With a CDL, however, the opportunities are endless. Bus driving, heavy equipment hauling, delivery truck driving of both the local and long-haul variety... the list goes on.
      Whether or not you'll make trucking your full-time employment, the benefits of obtaining a commercial driver's license aren't lacking in the least. With a CDL, you'll be certified, trained, and ready to take on whatever driving opportunity comes your way. Have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Heavy Metal Truck Training, CDL training, or anything related to this post? Please, don't hesitate to contact us.
  • New Career Opportunities Thanks to a CDL

    When people think of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), they often envision people who drive semis, generally across state lines. While driving a semi is a great job for some people, it is not ideal for everyone. Some people are turned away by the long hours and the time away from their families. Truck drivers are not the only ones, though, that use a CDL. If you enjoy driving, it might be worth considering getting your CDL.

    Bus Driver

    Without a CDL, you can drive a shuttle bus that transports 16 people or less (including the driver). If, though, you are going to transport more people, you will need a CDL. Along with needing a CDL, if you want to drive a school bus, there are several other requirements, including:
    • You must be at least 18 years old.
    • You need to pass a criminal background check, including a national criminal history test if you have lived in Minnesota for less than five years.
    • Along with that, you must pass a driver history test.
    • A physical examination is required.
    • Your CDL must have a school bus endorsement.
     

    Hazardous Materials Driver

    In Minnesota, you will need a CDL to drive a vehicle transporting hazardous materials. This includes explosives, gases, flammable or combustible liquids, and some other materials that may be harmful. To transport hazardous materials, along with your CDL, you will need to get a HAZMAT endorsement. To get one, you must:
    • Be a legal U.S. citizen or provide proof of your legal status here
    • Be at least 21 years old, the legal age to drive a HAZMAT vehicle
    • Complete a TSA background check
    • Not have a record of a disqualifying criminal offense such as a felony, robbery charges, or immigration violations
      These are just two examples of the types of jobs you can get with a CDL. If you enjoy driving, a CDL can provide you with an assortment of driving opportunities beyond just being a semi truck driver.