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Stevens Transport Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your CDL Training At Stevens Transport Driving Academy

On The Road Training - Phase I

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Training is about 8 weeks long and is split between two phases. The itinerary is as follows:

Phase one (they call it orientation 1) includes 3 days at the Dallas, Texas terminal to go through basic orientation and take a relaxed skills review test where they determine if you need additional training before heading out.

You will then head out with a trainer for 5 to 6 weeks (minimum of 35 days) and a minimum of 8,000 miles driving. During this time, you must to travel over three mountain passes and drive in all five regions of the country. You also have to successfully back into a dock in the northeast region of the United States. While Stevens does everything they can to complete this phase in 35 days, if it takes longer, you will continue receiving your normal training pay.

On The Road Training - Phase II

The second phase (called orientation 2) requires you to spend 2 days of classroom training at the Dallas, TX terminal while still collecting your usual training pay. The classroom training goes over proper trip planning, how to correctly read maps, and how to operate the Thermo King trailer refrigeration units. You will also take another skills test to see what kind of progress you’re making.

After classroom training, you’ll be placed with a finisher trainer for three additional weeks. During this time, you will be in control of all major decisions with your trainer there to only oversee everything. Trip planning, routing, paperwork, and all other aspects of the job are your responsibility. Once you’ve done this for 3 weeks, you are then returned to Dallas for another couple days of classroom training, perform a driving test, and are issued a solo truck.

On The Road Training Details

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How much will I be making when I’m on the road with a trainer?

$350 / week for the entire duration of training. Trainees may earn additional bonus pay if they choose to load or unload freight.

Do they run your trainer and you as a "team" operation or like a solo truck?

Trucks can be dispatched as both solo or team operations depending on available freight.

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Is there more than one student per trainer and truck?

No, there is only 1 student per training truck.

Can students sleep in the top bunk while the truck is moving?

No, nobody may sleep in the top bunk while the truck is in motion.

Can you get a non-smoking trainer?

Yes, a non-smoking trainer may be requested.

Additional On The Road Training Details

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What is your policy for handling disputes between trainer and student?

Students have the option to change trainers at any time for any reason, no questions asked. But if a reasonable explanation is not given, trainees will forgo their training pay until a new trainer can be assigned.

What are the company’s minimum qualifications to be a trainer?

Trainers must have at least 1yr of driving experience and 90,000 miles with no major accidents and a good safety record.

TruckingTruth's Thoughts On The Stevens Transport Training Program

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The company paid training program at Stevens Transport appears to be an extremely good program. It is well structured with checkpoints during your training to be certain you are learning correctly and are being prepared for a successful career. You are also allowed to change trainers at any time for any reasons which is a rare benefit.

While the training pay is a bit low compared to the industry standard, remember that training is very temporary. You’ll likely make $30,000 to $35,000 your first year and even more during subsequent years. So the temporary training pay should not influence your decision one way or another as it’s fairly irrelevant in the long term.

After Training Pay And Benefits

First Year
  • 0-6 months: 0.26/mile
  • 6-9 months: 0.28/mile
  • 9-12 months: 0.29/mile
Next 5 Years
  • 1 year: 0.30/mile
  • 2 years: 0.31/mile
  • 3 years: 0.32/mile
  • 4 years: 0.325/mile
  • 5 years: 0.33/mile
Years 6 - 10
  • 6 years: 0.335/mile
  • 7 years: 0.345/mile
  • 8 years: 0.355/mile
  • 9 years: 0.365/mile
  • 10 years: 0.375/mile
When will I receive pay increases?

After training, you will receive a pay increase at 6 months, another at 9 months, and finally at 1 year. From there, you will receive a pay increase each year up to $0.405 per mile.

Additional Driver Pay

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  • Fuel Bonus: A fuel bonus is offered based upon a sliding pay scale.
  • Layover Pay: $25 / day except Laredo, TX which is $75 / day
  • Unload Pay: Stevens offers unload fee reimbursements but if a driver chooses to manually unload freight, they will receive payment based on the actual labor rate established at customer locations.
  • Additional Stops: An additional $15 will be paid for 2nd and 3rd stop-offs or pick-ups with $25 added for each additional stop or pickup.

Stevens Transport Medical Coverage

  • Medical Plan: The medical plan offers multiple coverage options at competitive group rates and includes prescription drug coverage.
  • Vision Plan: An in-network and out-of-network plan is available. Participation in the medical plan automatically provides enrollment into the vision plan at no additional cost
  • Life Insurance: A $50,000 term policy is provided to employees who participate in the medical program at no additional cost. The option to purchase additional insurance is available.
  • Dental Plan: The plan offers complete dental coverage. Participation in the medical plan automatically provides enrollment in the dental plan at no additional cost.
  • Disability Insurance: Employees may elect coverage for short and long-term disability.

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