Yes, there are options to pay up front and then have no contractual obligations and a higher starting mileage pay. The up front cost of training varies based upon your location and the specific CDL school you will be attending within the Driver Solutions network, so you will need to speak with a recruiter to obtain these details.
There are other options if you choose to provide a down payment, but no down payment is necessary for enrollment. If you would like to inquire on options for a down payment, contact a recruiter as the details of the down payment plans change on a constant basis.
As long as you drive with PAM Transport for 1 year or longer, you are not obligated to pay back any of the tuition costs. If you haven't paid up front, and leave before the year is up, you will be responsible for repaying the tuition of $5,995.
Also note there is a very high penalty for not completing your contractual obligations. We always recommend you stay with your first trucking job for a minimum of 1 year, but in this case it's especially important.
CDL training begins in the classroom during the first week as drivers receive instructions on topics such as: cdl knowledge and permit testing, keeping accurate log books, map reading and trucker atlas trip planning and routing.
Weeks 2 and 3 are spent perfecting driving range exercises and getting some on the road experience behind the wheel. Skills covered during this portion include: right & left turns, shifting techniques, straight line backing, offset backing, parallel parking, other backing exercises
The rest of the time is spent preparing on the street for the final CDL skills test.
Typically, CDL training lasts 3-4 weeks.
This varies from student to student. Average time during each session is 45 minutes to an hour until the student is comfortable.
It depends on where the student goes for training, and how many students are in the class. Usually the maximum number of students per truck is 4.
The majority of the first week is spent in the classroom. Typically classroom time is at least 40hrs long.
PAM has partnered with a company called Driver Solutions which handles the CDL training and schooling. Driver Solutions is a well known company that works with various trucking schools across the country. So the truck driving school you attend will not actually be owned by PAM, rather, it will be with a private trucking school that Driver Solutions matches you up with.
Therefore, it's hard to give an exact itinerary for the school you'll be attending as you may attend one of a number of places. But in general, all state minimum requirements will be met or exceeded and as long as you successfully complete the course, you'll be hired by PAM immediately after you obtain your CDL.
It is a combination of days and performance. Typically, this averages around 17 days.
Training pay is a set salary of $300 per week.
Usually the first few days are spent being dispatched as a solo truck, but the remainder of the time will be spent as a team truck.
No, only one student is on a training truck.
Yes, nobody is allowed to sleep in the top bunk while the truck is in motion.
During training, both the trainee and the trainer will have assigned driver managers that can be contacted in case of any conflicts.
Yes, a non-smoking trainer may be requested.
Trainers must have a minimum of 1yr of safe driving experience.
While the initial training pay is slightly lower than the industry average for training pay, this should not be a deciding factor. The difference in pay over the entire duration of your training is insignificant when you consider you'll be averaging a minimum of $30k to $40k within your first 1 to 2 years as a truck driver.
Think of this portion of your your career as "Truck Driving University" and don't worry about the initial salary. What's important now is getting you trained and employed so you can make the real money as a solo driver.
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