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Navigating Your Way Through the Trucking Industry

As you consider training for your CDL, you likely will have many questions about working in the trucking industry. In today’s blog, we’re going to address a few of the common questions we get asked. ‘How do I get my CDL?‘ ‘What kind of tucks can I drive?’ and, ‘What kind of work commitment is involved?‘ are just a few of the top questions asked.

Okay, let’s jump right in!

How Do I Get a Class A CDL

Getting your CDL is easier than it seems, but there is some work involved. When you enroll in any of our CDL training programs, we will take you through each step of the CDL process.

  1. Review CDL Requirements. With our Pre-Hire service at HMTT, we will make sure you qualify for training and job placement based on your health, driving record, and criminal background.
  2. Get a CDL Permit. To obtain a CDL permit you’ll have to pass the written portion of your CDL license. Our CDL Permit Prep online service helps prepare you to successfully pass the written portion of your Class A or Class B CDL and obtain your permit.
  3. CDL Endorsements. We’ll help you find the best Class A CDL program that will help you achieve your next career goal.
  4. Take CDL Skills Test. With our Attendance Rewards Program, you’ll have unlimited road-test opportunities!

What Kind of Trucks Can I Drive?

The kind of tractor trailer you can drive depends on a few different factors. These include the kind of vehicle you’re interested in driving, what endorsements you have, and what kind of routes you’d like to drive. With a Class A CDL license, you can drive a combination of vehicles weighing 26,001 or more pounds. For your OTR (over-the-road) career, you’ll need a Class A license to drive across state lines.

What Kind of Work Commitment is Involved?

There are many different types of trucking jobs, with different work schedules. Most people start off with a long-haul trucking route. This career is ideal for those who are adventurous and love the open road. For those that want to stay closer to home, you can work with a local or regional company. Those who drive locally or regionally have shorter, dedicated routes and are home more often, though they might not earn quite as much.

You can discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each career option with our Job Placement staff. Our students have lifetime job placement and dozens of employment opportunities with national, regional, and local carrier companies!

Heavy Metal Truck Training offers convenient & affordable CDL training in the Twin Cities! Give HMTT a call at 651-528-8994 today to get started on your truck driver training!