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TMC Transportation Company Review

TMC Transportation

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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 hires inexperienced drivers who recently graduated from an approved truck driving school.

TMC Transportation Corporate Headquarters

Map of TMC corporate headquarters
6115 SW Leland Ave
Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone: 1-800-247-2460
Website: TMC Transportation

Getting Hired At TMC Transportation

Minimum Hiring Qualifications

  • Have recent verifiable driving experience or recent completion of a qualified truck driving school
  • Have a valid class "A" CDL
  • Be at least 23 years of age
  • Pass a DOT physical, or provide your own that has been completed in last six months
  • Pass drug screen
  • Need hazmat endorsement, passport or passcard, and TWIC card within 30 days of hire
  • No more than 1 preventable accident in the past 3 years
  • No more than 3 moving violations in the past 5 years
  • No DWI/DUI convictions in the 10 years
  • No drug convictions in the last 10 years
  • No felony convictions in the last 10 years
  • No reckless driving convictions in the last 5 years
  • Hiring Drivers With Felonies

    No felonies, drug convictions, or DUI in the past 10 years.

  • Hiring Drivers With A DUI

    No DUI's less than 10 years old.

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TMC Hiring Area

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

The hiring area for TMC changes on an as needed basis, but TMC generally hires from the Eastern Half of the United States, excluding Florida.

Minimum Age For TMC Transportation

TMC Minimum Age:
23 Years Old

Minimum Age Comparison

  • Salmon 25  
    .
  • TMC 23  
    .
  • P&S 23  
    .
  • Tango 22  
    .
  • Roehl 21  
    .
  • Paschall 21  
    .
  • Swift 21  
    .

Minimum Experience Required For TMC Transportation

TMC Minimum Experience:
0 Months

Minimum Experience Comparison (Months)

  • AAA Cooper  24  
    .
  • Eagle  18  
    .
  • Navajo  12  
    .
  •  Cassens
    No Experience Required
  •  Millis
    No Experience Required
  •  CTL
    No Experience Required
  •  TMC
    No Experience Required

TMC Transportation Driver Pay

TMC offers a choice between percentage pay and mileage pay. Percentage rates start at 26% for new graduates, 27% for experienced drivers, and go as high as 32%.

Mileage pay starts at $.40 for new drivers, $.42 for experienced drivers, and goes as high as $.46.

Additional Pay:

  • Tarp pay
  • Breakdown pay
  • Layover pay
  • Referral bonuses
  • Stop pay
  • Toll & Scale passes
  • Detention pay
  • Borough pay
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Over-dimensional load pay
  • Vacation pay
  • Sign-on bonuses

TMC Transportation Per Diem Pay

TMC does offer per diem pay and it's optional, not forced. The driver has some options on how they want to do their per diem if they want into the program, their options are explained to them in depth at orientation.

TMC Average Weekly Pay

TMC Average Weekly Pay:
$1,250 weekly

Average Weekly Pay Comparison

  • Waggoners  $1,307  
    .
  • TMC  $1,250  
    .
  • Koch  $975  
    .
  • Melton  $961  
    .
  • Celadon  $850  
    .
  • KLLM  $850  
    .
  • Covenant  $780  
    .

TMC Transportation Driver Benefits

  • Health Care Plan: Comprehensive, Single Coverage: $28.85, Family Coverage: $106.15.
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Flexible Speding Account
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Eligible after 6 months, fully vested in 5 years.
  • Paid Vacation
  • TransFlo free document scanning
  • Free rooms for the drivers at TMC Hospitality Center when in Des Moines
  • VA approved Apprenticeship Training Program for veterans

TMC Transportation Operations

Driving Opportunities At TMC Transportation

Driver Types:

  • Solo
  • OwnOp - Lease

Freight Types:

  • Flatbed
  • Specialized

Route Types:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • OTR
  • Dedicated
  • Line-Haul
  • Intermodal
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TMC Operating Area

TMC operates all 48 contiguous states

TMC Company Terminal Locations

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

TMC Yearly Miles

TMC: 210,065,060

Yearly Miles Comparison

  • Schneider  3.94B
    .
  • J.B. Hunt  997.86M
    .
  • TMC  210.07M
    .
  • A&R  76.81M
    .
  • Estenson  57.89M
    .
  • Lynden  12.42M
    .
  • Oak Harbor  3.89M
    .

TMC Driver Unload Percentage

TMC: 0%

Driver Unload Comparison

  • Trimac  95%
    .
  • Lone Star  10%
    .
  • May  2%
    .
  • US Xpress  2%
    .
  • MTS  0%
    .
  • TMC  0%
    .
  • SRT  0%
    .

TMC Drop And Hook Percentage

TMC: 50%

Drop And Hook Comparison

  • Covenant  95%
    .
  • Ozark  95%
    .
  • TMC  50%
    .
  • May  50%
    .
  • Watkins Shepard  35%
    .
  • Melton  15%
    .
  • Central  0%
    .

TMC Company Policies

  • TMC Home Time Options

    TMC has the following home time options available:

    • Weekly
    • Monthly

    90% of drivers are home every weekend, and average 52 hours of home time.

  • TMC Rider Policy

    Immediate family, at least 10 years old.

  • TMC Tuition Reimbursement

    Up to $6,000 after 30 days employment with TMC

  • TMC Pet Policy

    TMC does not allow pets.

TMC Canadian Policies

TMC transports freight in to and out of Canada, so you will be required to obtain either a U.S. Passport, or a Passport Card (PassCard). You need to have a certified copy of your birth certificate and it must have the raised seal.

TMC Programs For Military Personnel

30% of TMC drivers are military veterans. Eligible veterans can earn up to $1,407.00 per month paid directly to you by the Veterans Administration for up to 24 months. These TAX FREE benefits are in addition to your TMC earnings. Eligibility is determined by the VA and depends on your years of service.

TMC Company Equipment

TMC Number Of Trucks

TMC Number Of Trucks:
2,417 Trucks

Number Of Trucks Comparison

  • Swift  25,685
    .
  • Covenant  2,700
    .
  • TMC  2,417
    .
  • Cassens  1,371
    .
  • PGT  972
    .
  • CTL  337
    .
  • Lynden  198
    .

TMC Number Of Trailers

TMC Number Of Trailers:
3,000 Trailers

Number Of Trailers Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  87,150
    .
  • TMC  3,000
    .
  • Paschall  3,000
    .
  • Wilson  1,758
    .
  • Ward  1,180
    .
  • A&R  1,000
    .
  • Hunt  600
    .

TMC Governed Speed

TMC Speed:
62 MPH

62
  • MTS  68 mph
    .
  • A&R  67 mph
    .
  • Millis  66 mph
    .
  • Trimac  65 mph
    .
  • Melton  65 mph
    .
  • TMC  62 mph
    .
  • Schneider  60 mph
    .

TMC Tractor Brands

  • TMC

  • J.B. Hunt

  • Eagle

  • Celadon

  • MVT

  • Smith

  • Super Service

  • Lone Star

  • USA Truck

  • Millis

  • SRT

  • Roehl

TMC Transmission Types

TMC has a mix of standard and automatic transmissions

TMC uses mostly 9 speed manual transmissions.

  • Standards
    • J.B. Hunt
    • K & B
    • Covenant
    • Hunt
    • MTS
    • Prime
  • Automatics
    • AAA Cooper
    • Koch
    • Averitt
    • Maverick
    • Dillon
    • Watkins Shepard
  • Mix Of Both
    • Millis
    • Dart
    • Schneider
    • Navajo
    • Melton
    • Ozark

TMC APU Policy

TMC has a mix of trucks, some with APU's and some without

  • APU Equipped
    • Marten
    • Hirschbach
    • Navajo
    • Ozark
    • Lone Star
    • Koch
  • Without APU's
    • SRT
    • Premier
    • G & P
    • Roehl
    • Western Express
    • Martin
  • Mix Of Both
    • K & B

TMC Company Training

  • Length Of Training At TMC

    The training at TMC will last approximately 7 weeks.

    Company Training Duration

    You will spend at least 5 weeks OTR with a trainer. They don't guarantee home time during training but most apprentice drivers do see home every weekend. You will be refined on your driving and trip planning skills and learn to become proficient in load securement and tarping. Here is a breakdown of company training:

    Weeks 1 - 2
    • 4 days of company orientation
    • 3 days of hands-on load securement training
    • 5 days of equipment familiarization
    • Lunch provided during the first week
    • Paid $500 salary per week
    Weeks 3 - 7
    • 5 weeks of over-the-road training with a certified trainer
    • Paid $500 salary per week
  • TMC Average Pay During Training

    You will average approximately $500 per week during your training.

  • Solo Versus Team Dispatch During Training

    You are dispatched as a team during training with TMC

  • Solo Versus Team Operation After Training

    At TMC you will run solo after training.

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