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Getting Started With PAM Transport

PAM Transport company training

PAM Transport (the letters stand for the company founder's initials) is an irregular route, common and contract trucking company based out of Tontitown, AR. The company began in 1980 and has grown to more than 1,800 trucks becoming one of the largest dry-van carriers in the country. PAM specializes in hauling "just in time" freight for the automotive industry and also frequently hauls air conditioner units, cosmetics, and paper.

PAM Transport Company Overview

In addition to their freight operations, PAM offers a tuition assistance program for inexperienced drivers who need to obtain their CDL drivers license. Teaming up with Driver Solutions, they will finance 100% of the schooling and pay for the majority of the tuition cost over the course of 1 year.

PAM Transport Terminal Locations

PAM Transport terminal locations
  • Little Rock, AR
  • North Jackson, OH
  • Willard, OH
  • Irving, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Tontitown, AR (Company Headquarters)

PAM Transport Company Driver Requirements

  • Ability to pass a DOT physical and DOT drug screen and meet FMCSA rules.
  • Ability to be away from home at least 1 week (7 days) at a time.
  • No convictions for a DUI (drug or alcohol-related) offense in the last 5 years.
  • No more than one DUI (drug or alcohol-related) offense in a lifetime.
  • Must hold a valid U.S. driver's license for one year.
  • Must have a U.S. residential address within the hiring area.
  • At least 22 years of age.

PAM Transport Hiring Area And School Locations

PAM transport hiring map
Where do you hire from and what are your no-hire zones?

While PAM operates in all of the lower 48 states, the majority of their freight is in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and the Eastern half of the United States. Therefore, they generally only hire from those areas. PAM does hire from the state of Illinois, but can not train Illinois residents through Driver Solutions program due to licensing issues.

Where are your schools located?

PAM Transport works with select truck driving schools across the country through the Driver Solutions network and will help locate a school for you to attend based upon where you live.

PAM Transport Company Advantages

PAM Transport Company Advantages
  • Top industry pay
  • Incentives, rewards, and bonuses offered
  • Guaranteed job upon CDL school completion
  • 401-k retirement Plan
  • Passenger policy
  • Stable freight
  • New and well maintained equipment
  • Major medical, dental, vision, and life insurance

TruckingTruth's View On PAM Transport So Far

PAM Transport truck on the highway

While PAM has about the same hiring requirements in terms of a drivers background and qualifications as most companies, they have a hiring area which mainly consists of places east of the Mississippi River along with some portions of Texas and the southern United States. Due to licensing issues, they can hire drivers from the state of Illinois but can not train them through Driver Solutions.

Items To Bring To PAM Transport CDL Training

  • CDL, original Social Security card, birth certificate, and if applicable, Resident Alien card, Permanent Resident card, or I-94 with a VALID foreign passport.
  • Loan agreement, contract, or your receipt if you paid for your tuition in full.
  • List of names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates of dependants for enrollment of insurance benefits.
  • List of names, phone numbers and addresses of 3 personal references (family/friends acceptable).
  • if you are regularly taking medication, you will need 2 MONTHS worth to ensure that you have enough for the time that you are out with your trainer.
  • If you are planning to elect DIRECT DEPOSIT of your check, you will need to bring:
    • a voided check or deposit slip which includes the bank routing number and your account number on it.
    • A TYPED document from your bank with this information on it is also acceptable.

Items To Bring To PAM Transport Training

  • At least 7 day's worth of clothes, a pair of hard-sole shoes, work gloves, jacket.
  • Bedding (pillow and blanket, twin sized sheets if you would like)
  • Towels, washcloths, all other necessary grooming items you may need. A laundry bag is recommended, to store soiled items.
  • Clipboard, pens, calculator, trucker's atlas, battery operated alarm clock.
  • Bring your personal belongings in a soft sided duffel bag, rather than a suitcase if possible.
Do I need a US Passport?

Yes, you will need to obtain a passport within 60 days of hire.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

No advanced endorsements are required, but drivers are highly encouraged to get a HazMat endorsement.

TruckingTruth's View On PAM Transport's Requirements

Even though a passport is not required, we highly recommend obtaining one. The ability to haul freight into Canada will give you more options to make more money and run more miles. Crossing into Canada has become very streamlined and is not a complicated process like it used to be.

It's also important to obtain as many CDL endorsements as possible, especially a HazMat endorsement as PAM operates some HazMat freight. You should always keep yourself as marketable as possible for future opportunities as well. Having endorsements will only help you with those future opportunities.

As always, bring as much paperwork with you as possible including any medical records or forms which could prove past employment and help with the background investigations. Finally, be certain that your birth certificate and social security card are originals (no copy's) and are not laminated.

The Cost Structure Of CDL Training With PAM Transport

Several different cost structures exist depending on whether you put down deposit or not and the amount of your deposit. If you do not plan on having funds for a deposit, the following structure exists:

After attending school, you will be required to remain with the company for one year. During that year you will pay $45 per week through payroll deduction to help pay for the schooling which equates to $2,340. However, at the end of one year you will be reimbursed $1,245, so the total cost for your schooling will be $1,095. You will not begin paying the $45 per week until your time with your trainer is complete and you are in a truck running solo or team.

If you quit working for the company before your 12 month obligation is complete, you will be required to pay for the portion of the schooling that remains. The total cost of the schooling is $5995, so whatever is left after deducting the amount you've paid in at that point is your responsibility.

You can read a lot more details about your options for PAM Transport training

Cost Structure Of PAM Transport's CDL Training

PAM Transport driver training truck
What are all of the up-front costs?

The only thing students need to pay for is licensing fees, food, and transportation to the training facility.

Will my meals be paid for?

No, you will need to have funds for basic living expenses including food.

Will my room be paid for?

Lodging is provided while you attend truck driving school, but you may need to share a room with at least 1 other student.

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