The trucking industry is a field with a variety of career opportunities for drivers and mechanics. There is one school in this area: the Academy of Careers and Technology that offers a Diesel Mechanic program, while New River Community and Technical College offers CDL training for those interested in truck driving. However, do to the limited number of options directly located in Beckley, do not hesitate to expand your search by looking in other cities a little further away. After all you’re going to be getting into a career where you have to drive long hauls on a daily basis.
A diesel equipment degree takes about two years. You have to complete 1,080 hours in classroom education and hands-on education. When you graduate, you can earn a Certificate of Applied Studies. This program is certified by NATEF and ASE. If you’re good with your hands, love working with trucks, and want to help truckers keep safe on the roads, you should check out this as a career option.
If you’re more interested in seeing the country than working with your hands, then you’re probably looking for truck driving job. Well, like jobs, trucking requires training. The first thing you need to do is find a school that meets the requirements you have for obtaining your CDL. When doing research on truck driving schools near Beckley, you need to ask important questions of the school. How much does it cost, do they offer financial aid, how long will the course take, what are my hours going to be like, how many miles of training will I receive, do they offer endorsement trainings like multi-trailer, and what are class sizes?
It is also important to ask if the school has any connections with employers in your area. The reason why this is important is because it can drastically help you improve your odds of getting a job when you get your Class-A CDL. Trucking companies that have relationships with schools, often trust the school’s training and judgment and therefore will look to them to send them qualified graduates to begin their careers.
With large trucking companies like Hunter Trucking, Stapleton Trucking, and Worldwide Equipment, Beckley has plenty to offer truck drivers and trucking students. It is also important to note that typically drivers are paid on what is called a CPM model, meaning they are paid certain Cents Per Mile. When it comes to looking at cents, it may not look like you can make a living driving, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that the average salary for a tractor-trailer driver is $32,350 per year. Light truck drivers report an average salary of $27,720 per year (BLS, 2013).
Find out how you can get the diesel mechanic or truck driving training you need to start your next job in the trucking industry!