Florida Trucking Schools
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No matter how you want to be involved in the Florida trucking industry, there are schools to help you get there. Overall, there are 40 trucking/diesel technology programs in Florida. They have an average tuition cost of $2,846. While scholarship opportunities vary from school to school, the average scholarship award is $1,182.
If you are attending a trucking school, one scholarship you can apply for is the Herman Fauss Scholarship. This scholarship is especially for high school seniors that plan on going into the trucking industry.
How to Join the Trucking Industry in Florida
With so many trucking companies based out of Florida, it's clear that trucking and diesel education are both very important in this state. Program lengths vary depending on which school you attend and whether you decide to study diesel technology or trucking. Bradford Union Technical Center offers a diesel technology program that includes 1800 hours of classroom work and lab work. At 18 hours per week, you can plan on graduating in about two years.
Truck driving programs are generally much shorter than diesel technology programs. CDI Truck Driving School offers a Class A training course that can be completed in three to four weeks! Of course, it is a fairly intensive program; students must take classes Monday through Friday. Driving hours are completed during the evening and on Saturday. This allows you to get started in your career as quickly as possible.
Truck Driving Jobs in Florida
The salary you earn as a trucking professional is dependent on many different factors, although you tend to have greater earning potential as you gain more experience in the field.
Below you can find a graph outlining Florida trucking and diesel mechanic salaries compared to the nationwide average. All data was retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015).
Trucking Companies in Florida
You may be surprised by the number of different trucking employers in Florida. You may find positions with trucking companies, repair shops, and leasing centers. Some of the largest employers in Florida are Saia LTL Freight, Allied Universal Corporation, Schneider, and CRST Expedited. You can anticipate a strong job outlook. The demand for truck drivers is expected to increase by 13% and the demand for diesel mechanics is expected to increase by 8% (O*Net, 2012).