• Photo of woman in front of a HMTT semi truck holding her CDL

    Following Up with an HMTT Graduate

    Ava left Eastern Europe for the United States with the hope for a better life for her and her child.

    It wasn't easy

    After settling in the Minneapolis area, she found it hard to land a good job. The only jobs she could find paid minimum-wage and involved low skill work. This work couldn't come close to letting her be self-sufficient, and they didn't offer her any prospects for the future. She knew she needed a career, but she also needed guidance on how to get one.

    A little help from her friends

    Ava began working with LifeTrack's Employment Services. After speaking with an employment coach, completing an assessment of her talents and skills, and working with mentors, she decided to learn to enter commercial trucking. She enrolled in the Lifetrack's Pathways to Prosperity Commercial Trucking Program. Heavy Metal Truck Training works with Lifetrack, providing class A commercial driver's training to their clients.

    Excellent training and hard work paid off

    Ava completed one of HMTT's driver's courses and continued to take financial literacy and employment courses at LifeTrack. After four months of work and study, she obtained her class A commercial driver's license. And, she did it on her first try. Using the employment skills she learned, she landed her first driver's job with DHL at $21 an hour! This is a big step up from the minimum wage jobs she did when she arrived in the United States. Ava is realizing her American dream because of her hard work, determination, and the help she received from LifeTrack and Heavy Metal Truck Training.

    Heavy Metal Truck Training is proud of Ava and their training program

    Heavy Metal Truck Training is happy they could be part of Ava's success story. However, they aren't shocked by it. Many of their students have changed their lives by completing the Heavy Metal training program and earning their commercial driver's license. Heavy Metal offers several courses in commercial truck driving. Our extensive 460-hour commercial truck driving course offers: -- Qualified, trained and patient instructors -- Unlimited road tests -- Complete classroom and lab training -- Financial assistance -- Certificate of completion

    Changing lives one mile at a time

    Many people find themselves in Ava's position when they have to change careers because of life's circumstances. There is a big demand for commercial truck drivers around the country and completing Heavy Metal Truck Training commercial driving program prepares you for the exciting and growing field of commercial transportation. Are you ready to enter the well-paid career of commercial truck driving? Call HMTT today and we'll get you on the road to your new career! 651-528-8994
  • How a Career Change Took Him OTR, But Closer to Family.

    For over 30 years, Craig and his wife Jodi owned a small business renting offices and small apartment buildings. But, after devastating business losses, overwhelming stress, and a health scare, they knew it was time to liquidate and make a change. They adopted two small children (a 2-1/2 year old boy, and his 9 year old sister), and decided to spend some time focusing on them, their 5 grown daughters, and their grandkids. But full retirement was not to last. After many conversations with his wife, Craig decided to follow his boyhood dream of becoming a truck driver. Craig weighed his options (for more than 6 months!) before he enrolled in a CDL training program here at Heavy Metal Truck Training. Craig qualified for a job retraining program through the State of Minnesota which helped cover the cost of his CDL training. He also utilized HMTT's Job Placement program which put him in touch with the driver recruiters at Transport America. After a company tour, and a lot of online research, Craig accepted a driver position and has been driving for Transport America for over 18 months! [caption id="attachment_1408" align="aligncenter" width="263"]picture of Craig Hunter and his grandson taking a selfie in front of a semi truck front grill Photo courtesy of Transport America[/caption] Craig graduated from HMTT in July 2015. Taking a chance and making a career change has paid off for the Hunter family. Craig and Jodi are no longer tied down to their real estate properties, their stress level is reduced, and Craig often includes his family as part of his driving adventure. He recently took his 12-year old grandson out on the road with him for 2 weeks, and calls his wife and kids every night from the road.
    Thank you for helping me with my career change. I can honestly say that I use skills I learned at your school everyday as an OTR driver. -Craig Hunter
    Are you ready to take a chance at a new truck driving career? Let us help you get on the road! Give the school office a call today at 651-528-8994 to find the CDL program that fits your needs, and use our job placement assistance to get pre-hired before you even begin your training! 
    Read the full article about Craig's career change on the Transport America website.
  • Cindi accepted a job offer with Diamond Road Grinding Company.

    We received an email update from one of our former students, Cynthia Kaeder: It's always so great to hear from our students, and love the pictures they send. selfie of HMTT graduate Cynthia Kaeder in front of her 2006 Frieghtliner ColumbiaThank you for the opportunity to attend your school to acquire my Class A CDL. I got my license Sept 27th 2016 (also got my Tanker & Dbl/Trip endorsements) I accepted a job offer on the 29th with a MN based diamond road grinding company that travels nationally. I drive a tanker for one of their mobile Diamond road grinding crews. My 1st full year 2017 as i came in late season I can expect to make anywhere from $65-85k+ (plus they have great benefits) My rig is a 2006 Frieghtliner Columbia daycab with a 10spd Eaton transmission just rolled her over 110k & I haul a 20,000gal tanker which picks up the water & road grind fines from the diamond road grinder Keep doin a great job! -Cindi photo of HMTT graduate Cynthia Kaeder's 2006 Frieghtliner Columbia parked on the rode of the road photo of HMTT graduate Cynthia Kaeder's 2006 Frieghtliner Columbia parked on the rode of the road        
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    Congratulations, Shawna Froehlich!

    Shawna Froehlich, a graduate of Heavy Metal Truck Training school, is named a Trucking's Top Rookie finalist for 2016! HMTT graduate Shawna Froehlich standing off stage in front of the Trucking's Top Rookie bannerThe Top Rookie award is named for the late Mike O'Connell, former executive director of CVTA. This award honors truck drivers new to the industry, helps instill pride and professionalism among new drivers, and in general promotes truck driving as a solid and stable career opportunity. The award is sponsored by CVTA, Rand McNally, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Driving Schools, Professional Truck Driver Institute, American Trucking Associations, Cobra and the Red Eye Radio Network.


    Each year, a panel of judges names the Top 10 finalists for the Top Rookie award, each nominated by their motor carrier employer, training organization, or members of the general public. Eligible drivers must have either completed a PDTI-certified course, or graduated from a truck driver training school that is a CVTA or NAPFTDS member. They must also have less than one year of employment as a professional truck driver. Nominated drivers are graded and evaluated on their availability, safety, and customer relationships.

    Award Winning Rookie

    From the 10 finalists, one winner will be announced as Trucking's Top Rookie for 2016, and will be awarded cash and other prizes at the Great American Trucking Show! Award runners up also receive cash and other prizes. Previous Top Rookie winners include Darek Paul (2011), Keith Redvay (2012), Kyle Lee (2013), Julie Matulle (2014), and Frederick Weatherspoon (2015). [update:] Congratulations to Chris Crowell, who was named as 2016's Top Rookie. 

    2016 Finalist!

    We're so proud of Shawna's achievement as finalist for the Top Rookie of the year award! We're glad to be a part of Shawna's success and helping her to start her new career with such impact. Shawna is now enjoying a successful career as a driver for DART Transport. She is also the 3rd HMTT graduate in 4 years to be named a finalist for Top Rookie Driver of the Year! The 2017 Contest will open on May 15, 2017. For more information on this contest, please visit www.truckload.org/Rookie If you'd like your chance at becoming a Top Rookie finalist - or even being the grand prize winner - your first step is becoming a truck driver! Let HMTT help you get the ball rolling. Contact us today for enrollment options for our state-certified CDL training programs! Your new career is only a phone call away! 1-800-835-2540. Local to the Twin Cities? Call our school office at 651-528-8994.