Katie, one of the field reps for May Trucking, came by and talked to our students here at our Anaheim location. Katie travels to Anaheim and Twenty nine Palms and will be adding our Camp Pendleton site to her rotation and actively seeks out our students. She spent many years as a CDL driver prior to her field representative work so she gives the students valuable inside knowledge about the industry and the reality of starting out. She discussed the training program, the pay, and other extra benefits that the company provides. Two of our current students that attended the meeting, enjoyed that May Trucking would allow the trainee to “pick their pay by mile or a $90 a day for 90 days flat rate” option. Our students also stated that what they liked most was, “if a person would have received more money through mileage at the end of the 90 days, then the company would pay the difference”, thus receiving the most money possible.
May Trucking also allows drivers to bring a pet that is under 60 pounds for a $650 fee, and the driver receives $500 of their money back once the pet vacates the vehicle. The other $150 is used to clean the truck after the driver’s journey is over. Many people enjoy being able to have company and a pet is great companion. A driver can also bring a person on for a minimal fee.
The students that went to the recruiter meeting felt as if the training was better than most companies because only the trainee drives and the trainer does not. Most companies will have the trainer and trainee split the drive time, which they felt did not allow the learner to improve to their full potential. This portion only lasts between 2-3 weeks and the trainer will then discuss what the trainee needs more work in, such as: more time driving in traffic, practice backing up, etc.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In May 2012, the most occupational employment with heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is in these top 5 states:
BLS also states that, “employment for truck drivers is projected to grow 21% from 2010 to 2020, this is faster than the average for all occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving”.
It is never too late to start a new career path and get your CDL, and with great companies always looking to recruit and expand, it has never been easier.