Arizona Trucking Schools
Locate a Truck Driving Schools Near You
If you are ready to start a new career driving a truck or working on trucks, there are 23 schools in Arizona that you can attend. Arizona has many affordable educational options, with an overall average tuition rate of $1,962. There are also many scholarship options in Arizona; the average scholarship award in the state is $2,594. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
- Earn Your CDL
- State Wide Acceptance
- Refresher courses
- Nationally recognized truck driver training
In addition to more traditional scholarships, there are special financial aid opportunities that can save you money on your education. For instance, if you attend a Swift Professional Truck Driver Training course, you pay $3900 up front. However, if you work for Swift for 26 months, they will reimburse you.
How to Choose Your Perfect Trucking School in Arizona
Tuition and financial aid are not the only factors that should influence your school decision. Class size is another incredibly important factor that is often overlooked! Small class sizes have numerous benefits. They allow you to work more closely with your professors, giving you the chance to ask questions and get one-on-one help. There are several schools in Arizona with small class sizes: American Institute of Technology, CDL Truck School Inc., Cochise College, M.S. Carriers Professional Driving Academy, and Mohave Community College, to name a few.
If you're planning on earning your Commercial Driver's License, it's important to find a school that offers training in the class you want to work in. Some schools, particularly dedicated trucking schools, have many options. Western Truck School is a good example. They allow you to prepare for Class A certification, Class B certification, and an additional passenger/bus endorsement.
You may be able to earn a competitive salary as a new trucker or diesel mechanic. As a trucker, you can earn a higher salary as an owner-operator. If you are a diesel mechanic, you can earn more with ASE certification. The average salary for a trucker is $42,570 per year, and the average salary for a diesel mechanic is $42,330 per year (BLS, 2012).
Below you can find a graph outlining Arizona trucking and diesel mechanic salaries compared to the nationwide average. All data was retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015).
There are many employment options in Arizona for you as a new trucking or diesel graduate. As a trucker, you may work for any one of many local trucking companies. If you're a diesel graduate, you may work for a trucking company, leasing center, or repair shop. Major trucking employers include C.R. England, Gordon Trucking, and CRST Expedited. The demand for truckers is expected to increase by 29% and the demand for diesel mechanics is expected to increase by 21% (O*Net, 2012).