1-2 student per truck.
The program is designed around hands-on training in the truck. The first two days will primarily be classroom, while the bulk of the training from there on out will be in the truck.
The CDL school itself is on the shorter side at only 3 weeks. Their class sizes also seem to allow for more individualized instruction.
Wil-Trans program is kind of unique in that the classroom time is held to a minimum. The vast bulk of the program will be spent in the truck or on the range. They emphasize a "hands-on" approach, which seems to be working just fine.
The training program is based on safe completion of verifiable miles. (30,000 miles with trainer).
For your first 10,000 miles, you will be paid $.12cpm or a guaranteed $600 per week, whichever is greater.
For your final 20,000 miles, you will be paid $.14cpm or a guaranteed $700 per week, whichever is greater.
Initially, before you have a CDL, your trainer acts as an instructor while you drive. Once you have a CDL, there is an evaluation period of approximately 2,500-3,000 miles where the trainer ensures that the student is adequately trained to perform as a team.
Disputes are handled on a case by case basis by management. Great efforts are made to ensure that compatible personality types are matched between student and trainer. Wil-Trans also abides by all federal guidelines related to hostile work environment.
Absolutely, non-smoking trainers may be requested.
Trainers are selected according to tractor-trailer history, safe driving records, and ability to pass our trainer driver course. Our training department is very carefully selected and held to above average standards.
Wil-Trans on-the-road training period could take around 3 months, which is longer than most programs. Wil-Trans places a high value on making sure that new drivers are safe and fit for the road.
Most of the on-the-road training will be as a team, but by then you will have had a lot of time behind the wheel.
Company Drivers are paid at top scale of $.40/mile
Lease Operators are paid a 70% of the line-haul and 100% of the fuel surcharge on loads they haul. They are responsible for the fixed and variable costs of operating their tractor.
Pay increases are based on verifiable miles and driving history. Drivers are paid at top scale upon successful completion of the training program (3-4 months on average).
Wil-Trans offers a fuel incentive that allows drivers to earn up to an additional $.05/mile.
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