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

  • 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

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    How to Change Jobs in the Trucking Industry

    The trucking industry is full of different types of companies with different driver needs. The industry is experiencing a lot of growth at the moment with a lot of exciting new opportunities. But as with any business or industry, every job is not the best fit for every person. Don't give up on the career path if you aren't enjoying your current employer. Here are some suggestions on just what to do if you are not completely satisfied with your job in the trucking industry.

    Hang in There for a Year

    This isn't always the easiest thing to hear, but staying with your first employer in the trucking industry for at least a year is very important. During this year, you will be getting a lot of good training and building a certain level of experience that you'll definitely want as you move on to greener pastures. Spending a full year with your first employer also sends a good message to other potential employers that you are committed.

    Look at Your Needs and Wants

    Be honest with yourself about what you want and need in your career. Maybe you have young children and need to be home more than an OTR job can provide. Maybe you have other limitations that make it difficult to be on the road for extended periods of time. These are things you have to consider at length and then try to determine what you need to accomplish these career goals. Fortunately, there are a great number of different driving jobs for people with a CDL. Finding the right one for you is just a matter of looking.

    Work with Your Training Institution

    Job placement is a huge part of HMTT and it is a service that you should come to expect from a reputable training program. With our pre-hire service, we work hard to place you with a company that best fits your needs. But, if you find that you don't have the right fit as an employee with your current company, reaching out to our job placement staff so you can discuss new job placement options. At Heavy Metal Truck Training, we can help reach your career goals in the trucking industry! Contact us today to get started in your new driving career! 651-528-8994
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    What to Expect at HMTT

    Working in the trucking industry requires attention to detail, self-discipline, physical endurance, and a strong work ethic. Going through CDL training gives students the skills, knowledge, tools, and training needed to succeed. But, is the training hard? What should you expect during your time in school? 

    Here are some things you can expect when you attend HMTT for your CDL training.

    Detailed Traffic Law Training

    To say that traffic laws are a little different for truckers is an understatement. While the basic laws are the same, driving a commercial vehicle adds some additional things to consider. There will be a lot of book learning where you will become well aware of these laws. Don't worry, you will be fully prepared for everything you'll need to pass your written driver test!

    Best Practices for Safety

    Preparing drivers for best practices in safety while operating a commercial vehicle is a very large part of your training. Lives are at stake when anyone operates any vehicle, but large commercial vehicles can be even more dangerous if not operated properly. Your training will include a complete knowledge and understanding of laws and best practices concerning the safe operation of a commercial vehicle.

    Actual Operation of Vehicles

    Bookwork is very important, but actually spending time and working physically in a commercial vehicle is even more important. It's necessary to get a feel for the size and type of vehicle you'll be driving professionally. At Heavy Metal Truck Training, you'll spend a great deal of time working with these vehicles and developing your skills and comfort. All of our training is performed in actual trucks - we don't use simulators! Trucking school should challenge you as it prepares you for an exciting and rewarding new career. If you are driven with a strong work ethic, you will absolutely succeed with the proper training. To get started on your road to success in the trucking industry, call HMTT today, 651-528-8994!