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 headquarters and the main terminal are located in Des Moines, IA. TMC also has maintenance terminals located in Joplin, MO, Indianapolis, IN, and Gaston, SC (Columbia).
The minimum qualifications to become a driver with TMC are as follows:
The hiring area for TMC changes on an as needed basis, but TMC generally hires from the following states:
The running area for TMC includes all 48 states and Canada. OTR drivers may be assigned loads delivering anywhere in this area. The primary running area is the eastern most 37 states and the majority of your time will be spent in this region.
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:
Training for experienced drivers will vary based upon the years and type of experience you have. Experienced drivers are paid $100 a day for training.
No, drivers are not forced to team after training.
TMC has always hauled flatbed freight and according to their website, that is all they ever plan to haul.
TMC offers two methods of compensation. Drivers are free to choose either option:
This option pays you a percentage of what the company is paid by the shipper to haul their load. Percentage rates start at 26% for student drivers and 27% for experienced drivers. This is the rate you will receive through the first full calendar month that you are with TMC. Your percentage rate for each month after that will be based on your performance. Percentage rates go as high as 32%. Drivers with 1, 2 and 3 or more years of experience with TMC are guaranteed base percentage rates of at least 24%, 25% & 26% respectively. This is their most popular pay option, favored by over 80% of their current fleet.
For drivers who prefer to be paid based on the number of miles they run, TMC offers the following:
All drivers receiving mileage pay are also eligible to earn an additional 1.5 cents per mile in performance and incentive bonuses. The above mileage rates are paid on all dispatched miles, loaded and empty.
TMC offers health, dental, vision care and prescription coverage for drivers and their families. They currently offer United Health Care coverage. Your eligibility for TMC's health insurance plan begins following three months of continuous full-time employment. Single coverage is available for $28.85 per week and family coverage is available for $106.15 per week.
All drivers receive complimentary life insurance equal to $20,000. Supplemental life insurance packages are also available at an additional cost.
At TMC drivers are also employee-owners and received shares in the company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). ESOP provides significant retirement contributions to the employee at no cost to them.
All TMC employee drivers are eligible to participate in the 401(K) plan after six months of employment. Money contributed by the driver is always fully vested and may be moved should you leave TMC.
Other Benefits Include:
TTMC offers tuition reimbursement up to the full amount of your loan. Payments are made monthly beginning 30 days after your hire date as long as you are actively employed with TMC. TMC also offers tuition reimbursement to applicants who have driven for another trucking company (no more than one) prior to becoming employed with TMC.
The majority of drivers get home every weekend but this will vary based mostly on where you live and can also be affected by the driving opportunity you choose.
One rider age 10 or older is allowed. Pets of any kind are prohibited on company equipment.
TMC Transportation does not offer a sizable team freight network.
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.
While TMC does have NYC freight, it is never forced dispatched.
TMC transports a very limited amount of hazardous materials, but because of this, you are required to obtain this valuable endorsement. Each State is different so you need to contact your State's Department of Transportation for specifics.
TMC does not have a significant amount of drop and hook freight.
Drivers are not forced dispatched.
Many regional and dedicated positions are available. Drivers mostly remain east of the Mississippi River and can expect to be home nearly every weekend.
Trucks are usually less than 2 years old.
TMC runs both 9 and 13 speed transmissions.
Between 61 and 65mph.
No APU's are being used but idling is allowed during uncomfortable temperature ranges.
TMC runs electronic logs.