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Getting Started With TMC

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TMC Transportation began in Des Moines, IA in 1972 with only 6 trucks. Today, TMC Transportation is the largest and most successful privately held flatbed trucking company in the United States, operating throughout North America. In addition to accepting experienced truck drivers, TMC Transportation offers their own CDL training program, and also hires inexperienced drivers who recently graduated from an approved truck driving school. TMC is still led by its founder, and is employee-owned, through shares gifted to the employees.

TMC Company Overview

TMC accepts CDL students from a limited area, mostly in the Northern Midwest. Their hiring area normally encompasses most of the U.S. from Texas east, but fluctuates frequently based on need.

For those in the hiring area, TMC is an excellent and well-established option for drivers looking to get into flatbedding.

TMC Terminal Locations

TMC terminal locations
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Joplin, MO
  • Gaston, SC
  • Indianapolis, IN

TMC Company Driver Requirements

  • Must be at least 23 years old.
  • Valid Class A CDL or ability to obtain one.
  • No more than three moving violations within the last three years.
  • Solid, stable work history.
  • No DUI's in the last 10 years.
  • Able to perform essential functions of the job with no restriction.

TMC Hiring Area And School Locations

TMC old school truck
Where do you accept CDL trainees from?

TMC also has limited opportunities for drivers living in: Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Where are your schools located?

TMC's CDL training facility is located in Des Moines, IA.

TMC Company Advantages

TMC Company Advantages
  • TMC is employee-owned. Employees do not buy shares; employees receive contributions from the company each year as long as TMC is profitable.
  • 40-year old company with proven success.
  • Most drivers get home most weekends.
  • Custom, late-model Peterbilts. Weekly truck-washes paid for by TMC.

TruckingTruth's View On TMC So Far

TMC tarped flatbed

For students who live in the specified training area, TMC offers an excellent opportunity for those prospective drivers interested in flatbed, and 90% of their drivers get home every weekend for an average of 45-50 hours at a time.

Items To Bring To TMC CDL Training

  • Hard-copy state license.
  • Hard-copy CDL permit.
  • State-certified copy of your birth certificate, OR a valid U.S. passport.
  • Hard-copy social security card (not the letter saying one has been ordered)
  • Voided check for direct deposit (TMC only uses direct deposit.)
  • Birthdates and social security numbers of any family members you will be placing on your insurance.
  • Work clothes/rain jacket, cold weather gear if between Oct-May
  • Work boots are required, steel-toed recommended. Also bring closed-toe/tennis shoes.
  • Rand-McNally Atlas. If you don't bring one, you will be required to purchase one from TMC.
  • Eyeglasses, if you wear contact lenses.
  • A set of headphones or ear buds, standard size 1/8" or 3.5mm.

Items To Bring To TMC Training

Do I need to get my CDL permit before attending school?


Do I need a US Passport?

A passport is not necessary but encouraged after training.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

Air Brakes and Combinations are required; Hazmat is encouraged

TruckingTruth's View On TMC's Requirements

TMC's hiring requirements are fairly typical, and they do specify that you bring work boots and a Rand-McNally Road Atlas. TMC also has a personal appearance policy that reads:

"Hair no longer than collar length; no ponytails/dreadlocks/braids, etc, regardless of length; no mohawks; no visible body-piercing to include earrings and tongue studs. Tattoos that contain demeaning or offensive images/text are not permitted. All tattoos must be covered while at customer locations. Beards must be neatly trimmed."

TMC New Hire Intro Briefing

The Cost Structure Of CDL Training With TMC

There is no cost to the student if they fulfill a commitment to drive for TMC for at least one year. TMC offers the value of training in exchange for a successful, professional driver.

Cost Structure Of TMC's CDL Training

TMC loaded flatbed truck
What are all of the up-front costs?

$300 non-refundable deposit.

Will my meals be paid for?

Yes, three meals per day are provided at no cost.

Will my room be paid for?

Yes, students stay free of charge at TMC's on-site Baymont Inn & Suites.

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