Truck drivers want hands-on training and a quality career. Is that too much to ask? Too many truckers settle for one or the other (sometimes by accident!) — or sacrifice quality on both — but it is possible to find the right truck driving school and a good trucking career.
It boils down to one thing: Research. Know what you’re getting into.
“I researched, researched, researched. I figured if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right,” said Schneider Intermodal driver and New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS) graduate Pablo Medrano (pictured).
But where do you start? Here, with some great driving school and career advice from successful NETTTS alumni who now drive for Schneider:
1. How to find the right truck driving school
Schneider hires drivers from hundreds of truck driving schools throughout the country, so we understand what a well-trained driver looks like. We’ve put together a truck driving school directory to help you find a school with a comprehensive training program like NETTTS.
Medrano, who already had his Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), chose to pursue his Class A CDL training at NETTTS’ Pawtucket, RI, facility after extensive research. The experience lived up to expectations, and three things stood out:
- Safety – a focus on safety is key
- Instructors that come from the industry – some things can only be taught from experience
- Thoroughness – lots of time behind the wheel, no cutting corners
“When you roll out of that gate at NETTTS, if you don’t know how to drive yet, you have a problem,” Medrano said. “They make sure you do everything right. If you need extra time, they’ll give it to you. I loved it there.”
Jeff Beaupre, another NETTTS graduate and a driver on Schneider’s National Dedicated Fleet, agreed.
“They were knowledgeable and definitely knew what they were doing. You get what you pay for. If you go to a cheaper school, you’re not going to get the same knowledge and foundation that I got at NETTTS,” said Beaupre, who is using Schneider’s tuition reimbursement program to pay off school.
2. How to find a good trucking career
Don’t waste a great education. While a good driving school will lay a strong foundation, you want to join a company that builds on that foundation, helping you become the best professional truck driver you can be. Three things should stand out as you look to get a truck driving job with a good company:
- Safety – first priority from orientation throughout your career
- Experience – a strong track record of success and building for the future
- Opportunities – a wide variety to start with and career paths to grow with
“I would love for other people to come to a strong, safe company like Schneider,” said Medrano, who started driving Over-the-Road before advancing to a local Intermodal position that gets him home daily.
For more information on CDL training programs at NETTTS, visit nettts.com or call the nearest campus at (866) 837-9896.
For more information on truck driving careers with Schneider, continue exploring schneiderjobs.com or call 800-44-PRIDE.
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