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

  • Ask the important questions to make the best decision!

    Enrolling in a school for career training is a big step and commitment point in your life. You probably have a lot of questions and want some information before you make your final decision. But, what questions should you be asking your admissions representative? Here's a few examples of some questions you might have and some of the answers the admissions representative at Heavy Metal Truck Training would provide you:

    Q: How long does the program at Heavy Metal Truck Training last?

    A: The average program at Heavy Metal Truck Training will vary depending on your experience level and the kind of program you enroll in. Our programs generally run from 120 to 460 hours of instruction depending on the program you choose to enroll in. Most programs take 4 to 14 weeks to complete.  We also offer custom one-on-one training to help you meet your needs and reach your career goals.

    Q: How much does it cost to get my Class A License from Heavy Metal Truck Training?

    A: Tuition costs will vary, depending on which program you enroll in and if you qualify or use any sort of financial aidMost people can expect to pay between $3,000 and $7,000 to get their CDL Class A License. Keep in mind - some (or even all) of your training costs can be covered by different financial programs.

    Q: I want to become a truck driver, but I can't afford to pay that much. What can I do?

    A: Come in and talk to us! We will be happy to show you what financial aid we have available to help you. Some options include partnering with a carrier that you will commit to working for when you are out of school. Many offer $100-$300 reimbursements per month (up to 100% of your tuition costs) as long as you work with them for a full year. Veterans or military members may qualify for further federal grants or assistance. These are plenty of tuition assistance options for CDL training!

    Q: I have my CDL, now how do I get a job?

    A: As a graduate of Heavy Metal Truck Training, you'll be able to use our job placement assistance. We are proud to place 90-95% of the truck drivers who graduate our program into jobs in the field! We offer pre-hire and job placement programs that help you partner with a carrier, many times even before you finish school. That means you have a job once your CDL is complete and you are ready to head out on the road. Want more information? Come in! Let's talk training opportunities and financial assistance programs offered at HMTT. We're here to help! Start your application today, call 651-528-8994
  • How to get paid back for your CDL training

    Tuition reimbursement is a popular program that helps cover costs related to trucking school payments. But you might not understand what it is exactly, or how it works. This program is offered to Heavy Metal Truck Training students who choose to pay their CDL training costs up-front. Remember, there are other financial aid programs that you can use in addition to Tuition Reimbursement. Our financial aid staff will be able to give you details on each of these programs. But today, we'll provide an outline of how tuition reimbursement works.

    How Do I Get My Tuition Reimbursed?

    During training, students will be partnered with a trucking company that will pay back their training tuition costs once they graduate. In order to qualify for this program and receive these reimbursement benefits, students will be contracted for at least one full year of employment with that company. Students can receive up to 100% of the costs of tuition paid back to them during this year.

    Can I Get Reimbursed For Other Types of Financial Assistance I Used?

    Yes, absolutely! Your CDL training costs can be reimbursed even if you used other types of financial assistance to pay for your education. HMTT works with a variety of different assistance programs, including student loans, veterans benefits, grants, or other local benefits. Each of these options can be used along with tuition reimbursement.

    How Quickly Will I Get Paid Back?

    How quickly you receive tuition reimbursement will depend on the trucking carrier that you are working for. Most carriers will reimburse drivers between $100 and $300 each month, on top of your normal pay. This means you can effectively have 100% of your tuition reimbursed by working with a participating carrier for a year after you get your license. There are plenty of options you can use to pay for your CDL training at Heavy Metal Truck Training. Our staff can provide all the information you'll need to participate in the tuition reimbursement program. Set up an appointment today to learn more! 651-528-8994
  • Find the Loan Option that Works for You

    Heavy Metal Truck Training provides a variety of ways for students to pay for training and further their career. The average cost to get a Class A or B CDL license runs about $3,000 to $7,000. Here at HMTT we understand that this can be quite an undertaking for many people. This is why we are proud to offer a variety of different ways to help students pay for their tuition and education expenses.

    What Are My Options For Loans?

    HMTT offers a variety of loans for students to use to help them advance their career. Many of these payment plans allow you to take out a loan and make payments back to the company over time. Other loans that are available to students include personal loans through banks or credit unions. Assistance through different state and federal loan programs may also be available to prospective students. Grant programs can also provide money to help students afford going back to school to further their education. Qualification for these grants varies by program. Our financial aid staff can help you determine which of these you may qualify to use.

    Finding the Right Option For You

    A big part of the challenge is deciding which financial assistance program will work best for your individual needs. HMTT offers a variety of tuition payment packages that can help. If you are a veteran you might be eligible for grants that provide you with funds that can assist you in furthering your career. Other people might be eligible for grants that help them pay for their education and advancement. Finally, others might pay the tuition up front then sign up with one of our awesome carriers who provide tuition reimbursement programs. Some of these programs can pay back up to $10,000 during their year of employment. That means you could get up to 100% of your tuition reimbursed after you are employed. For more information on which financial assistance program will work best for you call us today! 651-528-8994
  • Our job assistance program offers benefits for life!

    At Heavy Metal Truck Training, we are proud to offer job placement assistance to each of our CDL program graduates - for life! Whether you need assistance finding work right out of school, or years after completing our CDL training, we are here for you!

    What Does Our Job Assistance Program Offer?

    Our job placement department partners with dozens of trucking companies to provide high-quality, high-paying job opportunities for our graduates. We offer local, regional, and national driving employment opportunities to our graduates to help them reach their career goals!

    Get Pre-Hired While in School

    Our pre-hire program that will give quality employment opportunities as soon as you graduate. About 90-95% of our graduates have success with finding immediate job placements in their trucking line of work.

    What Benefits do Graduates Earn?

    Many don't think of trucking as an industry to get into until they see the benefits that getting a CDL can offer. In the first year, many drivers report salaries of more than $50,000 and the knowledge that they have full job security. The industry demand for quality drivers continues to grow, and the number of people interested in trucking stays relatively the same. This means there is a high demand for quality truck drivers who are in it for the long haul! While benefits differ by carrier, most companies will offer full medical benefits for you and your family including dental and vision insurances. Some companies also offer 401k/profit sharing plans and programs for their employees to invest in for their retirement. HMTT is proud to offer a variety of quality job placement opportunities for our graduates. Whether you are in our program now or graduated years ago our job assistance program offers benefits for life! Does truck driving sound like the industry for you? Get more information on using our job assistance program to help you find a quality job that meets your needs and desires for work. Call us today! 651-528-8994
  • Using Technology to Keep you Connected

    As a long-haul trucker, you know the unique benefits your career brings, such as managing your schedule and traveling to new places. With these advantages comes the challenge of how to stay in touch with your family when you're on the road for long stretches of time. Fortunately, there are several ways to maintain a close relationship with your loved ones.

    Use Video Chat Apps

    There are several options for making video calls to your family members. If you have an iPhone, you can take advantage of the native FaceTime video calling app. Skype (available through Apple and Google Play) is another option. If you can't find consistent times to connect through a live video call, try the Marco Polo app (Apple, Google Play), which allows you to record video messages that your family members can view at their convenience.

    Bring a Traveling Companion

    If you have young children, consider taking one of their toys, such as an action figure or plush animal, on the road with you. You can make a game of bringing the character with you to all the places you travel. Take photos of the toy in various locations along your route to give your child a sense of taking the trip with you.

    Create a Scavenger Hunt

    You can connect with your family members through a game. Before your next trip, create a list together of things to find and photograph. While you're gone, take photos from the list and share them with your family through email or a private Instagram account. For example, you could take pictures of state flags, local landmarks, or regional food items. Your time on the road doesn't have to affect your relationship with your family. With video chatting apps and fun games, you can combat homesickness and stay connected with your loved ones even while you are away! Learn more about earning a CDL and starting your trucking career! Heavy Metal Truck Training can help you get your career in gear! Call us now! 651-528-8994
  • 5 Advantages of Getting a CDL

    Earning a Class A Commercial Driver's License can provide new job opportunities in a variety of industries. Whether you want to add a valuable qualification to your resume or move your career in a new direction, getting your CDL is an excellent place to start. Here are some of the most important benefits of earning a CDL.

    1. Part-Time Work

    Even if you don't want a full-time job in the trucking industry, you can still put a CDL to good use. For example, you could become an on-call freight delivery driver or work part-time shifts on a construction site.

    2. Freedom and Flexibility

    Once you have your CDL, you can choose from a variety of interesting work opportunities beyond traditional office jobs. Between local routes and long-haul transportation jobs, you can find a work schedule that fits your lifestyle.

    3. Cost-Efficient Training

    Earning a traditional four-year degree can require a lot of time and money. However, you can earn a CDL in as little as a couple months. Course fees are much more affordable than standard college tuition.

    4. Diverse Job Opportunities

    By earning your CDL, you can open the door to numerous job opportunities. Most driving jobs offer competitive pay, good benefits, and excellent stability.

    5. Exciting Travel Experiences

    Whether you choose to drive a shorter route in your local region or take a longer over-the-road position, you can earn a living while traveling. If you enjoy driving and want to see new places, getting a CDL is the first step toward a career you'll love. As you can see, there are numerous advantages to earning a Class A CDL. Heavy Metal Truck Training offers several different courses, training schedules, and certifications. You can experience both classroom instruction and hands-on time behind the wheel.

    Find out more to get started on your dream career today, just call us today! 1-800-835-2540 or Twin Cities locals can call us at 651-528-8994