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Career Connections: Commercial Truck Driving

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(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Titles: Commercial Truck Driving. Michael Moscinski – Vice-President, Trainco:

Trainco Truck Driving Schools was established in 1996. We've been teaching for 20 years. We provide truck driver training education for people wanting to drive a commercial motor vehicle. An average day is long for a truck driver. A driver can legally work 14 hours and drive 11 of them. That's longer than your typical eight-hour day at a factory or office. But you're out and about. You're seeing the country, so it's relaxing. You mingle with people. If you're an independent person

(Describer) Kenneth Howell:

that doesn't like somebody looking over your shoulder and you can manage yourself and your time, you won't like this, you'll love this.

(Moscinski) An individual needs to get some book knowledge. That's where they learn their book skills, and they earn a CDL learner's permit. With a permit, they can drive with a licensed CDL driver. That's what we use to teach them how to drive a truck. They earn their certificate to finish the program. That's the certificate from Trainco Truck Driving Schools. When they finish the training part, they have to take the CDL driving exam with the state of Ohio to earn their driver's license.

(Describer) Title: What is the job demand for commercial truck driving?

There's various segments of trucking. There's over the road, and those are dying breed of truck drivers.

The big category still is regional. A regional driver will be gone four, five, six days at a time. There's many jobs in that sector. The third category is local. Those people are home every day and drive every night, or home every night and drive every day. There's becoming more local jobs because our industry needs drivers desperately. It pays so well. Starting drivers are leaving out of truck driving school earning 40,000 and 50,000 a year and on up from there.

(Describer) Title: What can I do now to prepare for my career?

Just having that high school diploma should be sufficient. When it comes to trucking, being able to read and understand the language is important. Doing some basic math and science is important. Get your driver's license and drive safe. Try and keep your record accident-free, violation-free, so drive safe. Stay out of trouble with the law. And also get a job. Any job is important. What we look for in the trucking industry is a work history. If you can find it in transportation, that's awesome. If schooling or college is not your game, this should be your game.

(Howell) Not everybody's college material. We get people who attended a four-year college, they can't find a job and say, "I'm making more money than in my chosen field." Truck driving is not-- It's a much better-- We're a licensed profession, just like nursing and the rest. Since '92, the pay has gone up considerably. They need to consider this. The benefits for truck drivers are wonderful. I hope there's more graduates from high school that will think, "I never thought about truck driving, "but I could be graduating from high school and two months later be making $50,000 a year."

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Explore commercial truck driving from a leader of a commercial truck driving school. Hear from an experienced truck driver and discover the requirements for this high-paying and rewarding career. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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