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At TruckingTruth, we've done a ton of research for you! We've contacted the company recruiters at Millis Transfer and put together a fantastic review of the Millis Training Institute paid CDL training program.
We'll start you off with our opinion of their paid CDL training program and then we'll take you through all of the key features and important information you'll need to know. Some of what we'll cover:
Did you know that once on the road with a trainer, students receive $0.43 cpm and a guaranteed $50,000 annual salary if they meet the fleet average of 115,000 miles over twelve months.
After several days of online research and speaking directly with a Millis Transfer recruiter, I think the Millis Training Institute is an excellent option for those looking to start their truck driving career.
This is an especially good opportunity for those who would like a predictable regional or dedicated position, while it might not be so good for those looking to travel multiple areas of the country. Generally, even OTR drivers at Millis Transfer stay east of I-35. Some team trucks do go to California occasionally, but the bulk of their freight is the Eastern half of the United States.
An honorable mention goes to their company training program where all training trucks are dispatched as solo operations. While this was common at one time, most companies now operate training trucks as a team operation.
It's always best for you to do your own research and find the company which suits your lifestyle, but if I was just now entering the industry, Millis Transfer is a company I would very seriously consider for CDL schooling, company training, and kicking off my trucking career.
Founded in 1936 by brothers Jake and Ray Millis, the company began as a small beer distributor. As the demand for their services grew, so did the company’s running area and reputation for timely, safe and professional services. It is through their reputation that the company’s slogan “Getting It There” came to be.
Millis Transfer also supports one of the top CDL-A training schools in the country, Millis Training Institute. Established in 1989, MTI today boasts 5 convenient school locations where students receive one-on-one training with professional and experienced trainers during the three week course, followed by on the road training. Once on the road with a trainer, students receive $0.43cpm (when out with a trainer), and a guaranteed $50,000 annual salary if they meet the fleet average of 115,000 miles over twelve months.
Millis generally hires out of the Eastern half of the United States, with the exception of the far Northeast
Black River Falls, WI
The hiring requirements at Millis Transfer are on par with the industry standard, with a higher than average number of terminals and trailer drop yard facilities given their size and area of operation. Students are able to choose which schooling location they wish to attend.
The starting pay and pay guarantee are both exceptional for the trucking industry.
The CDL training costs $2,340 total, with $500 due up front, and $1,840 due through payroll deductions.
Up-front costs include a $500 deposit. Drivers will also need to pay for their home state permits usually costing around $100. Transportation to the training facility is not provided and must be arranged by the student.
Breakfast at the hotel will be included.
Yes, lodging is provided during training.
Yes, you may elect to pay $2,340 up front.
There will be a payroll deduction of $30 per week for the balance of the schooling. If you leave Millis before the full amount is deducted, you will be responsible for the balance. Millis offers individualized affordable payment plans, in that event.
Make special note that transportation costs are not included in the tuition fees. Students need to supply their own transportation to the training facility. You'll also need to pay a $500 deposit, regardless of whether you are financing the program or paying up front and that deposit will not be returned.
Yes, students will study for and pass the permit CDL written exams in their home state before attending the Millis CDL program.
No endorsements are required and Millis Transfer does not transport hazardous cargo.
You can never bring too much paperwork with you. Anything that could prove employment history, relevant medical records, and anything else that is specific to your life should be taken with you. It's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!
The necessities include a valid Drivers License, original and non-laminated Social Security Card, and a Birth Certificate. Make a special note that you must study for and pass the CDL written exams in your home state to obtain your CDL driving permit before attending the Millis Transfer CDL school. Make sure you bring your permit with you.
Even though Millis Transfer does not require any endorsements such as HazMat, we still recommend you study for and pass the HazMat, tanker, and double/triple endorsements as future opportunities may require these endorsements.
Class days will be every Monday to Friday for 8 to 10 hours per day. A total of 166 hours are required to complete the course.
Classroom instruction in the areas of:
Trainees will experience Millis Transfer’s company driver orientation
After successfully completing a minimum of 15,000 OTR miles with a trainer, student will graduate to his or her own truck
The school itinerary and time spent in both the classroom as well as in a truck learning to drive is on par with the industry average. Class sizes appear to be smaller than most other CDL courses meaning you'll likely receive more personalized attention.
Also note you will not take your CDL exams at the Millis training facility. Once you are paired up with a trainer, you will complete the driving and backing exams in your home state.
The normal training period is 6 weeks long and requires a minimum of 15,000 OTR miles but can be shortened or extended based on the individual performance of a student.
Students make 43 cpm while in training.
During training, the truck is operated as a solo truck. Students will not drive without a trainer in the passenger seat.
No, trucks are operated with one trainer and one student.
Yes, students sleep on the bottom bunk in the event the truck is in motion.
Students are given the number to dispatch where any issues can be discussed at any time. Student and trainer disputes are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, a non-smoking trainer may be requested.
One year accident-free experience, must pass grading system from all departments. Must successfully complete "Train The Trainer" course.
Millis Transfer really sets themselves apart with their company training program. Not only is the training pay above average, but the truck is dispatched as a solo operation. The vast majority of training companies will dispatch trainers and trainees as a team operated truck, meaning while you drive, your trainer is normally sleeping and vice-versa. However, in this case, the truck is dispatched as a solo operation, ensuring the trainer will always be in the passenger seat while you drive.
The duration of training is 6 weeks long which, in our opinion, is about the perfect amount of time.
Millis also offers a "per diem", or "Tax Advantage" pay scale as they call it: More on Millis Transfer's Pay Scales
You can also learn more about Millis Transfer Driver Pay Here.
All drivers will receive 0.01 per mile safety bonus per quarter, 0.01 per mile annually, regardless of the pay plan chosen.
If you have an on-time pick up or delivery, and are not loaded or unloaded within 90 minutes upon arrival, Millis will pay you $20 per hour, paid in 15 minute increments.
Millis’ per diem program has been in place for over 20 years. We want to support your needs while on the road and help you take home as much weekly pay as possible.
We want to make the transition to Millis as easy as possible and now provide orientation pay to help cover expenses.
$100.00 for any loads that pick up or stop off in New York City or Long Island.
Millis drivers who recruit new drivers to the company will be paid $500 PLUS $.02 CPM for up to one year.
Drivers will receive $250 bonus after delivery of first load and then at 4 months, 8 months and 12 months drivers receive another $250, totaling $1000.
$50.00 to be paid for the following holidays, only applies to per-diem drivers:
Drivers will get increases of $.01 CPM yearly.
Yes, if drivers maintain above average fuel mileage, they share in the savings. The amount varies depending on the number of gallons saved, but increases start at 1/2cpm and increase from there.
Group discounted health, dental, vision and 401k with company match up to 30%
Variable depending on the type of coverage selected, but the costs are competitive.
There is a 60 day waiting period for drivers to become eligible for benefits.
Millis Transfer offers three weeks paid vacation after one year of service with the company. One week must be used away from work. Any additional time earned can be cashed in – up to one week per quarter. This allows our drivers and their families to have the options that are best for their unique needs.
Starting pay per mile is above average, especially for a dry-van carrier. Pay increases are not as frequent as other companies so it evens out after a few years.
Vacation pay and holiday pay are also a bit more liberal. In general, the pay and benefit package offered seem to be competitive for the industry.
No pets are allowed on company equipment.
Spouse or related child 10 years of age or older, driver will be required to pay additional insurance, which is about $18 per month, or $81 per year.
Yes, but this depends on the drivers location and availability of regional or dedicated freight. Most drivers run the OTR division for several months before a position becomes available. These positions are offered on a first come, first served basis. Those who live close to major cities and freight lanes will have opportunities quicker than those in less populated areas.
No, Millis does not normally run to NYC, but they will pay $100.00 for any loads that pick up or stop off in New York City Or Long Island.
Drivers have flexible dispatch and can choose their preferred load if options are available on their next load
This home time is guaranteed. Any driver who fails to be allowed the mandated home time earned will be paid at the rate of an additional $.05 per mile for all miles accumulated for days past the home time deadline date. Drivers who are on regional or dedicated accounts may get home 1 to 2 times per week.
Approximately 60% of all loads are drop and hook. Some dedicated accounts can have a 100% drop and hook ratio.
The home time policy at Millis appears to be slightly above average for most OTR carriers. However, after speaking with a recruiter, it appears they try to get as many drivers on regional and dedicated accounts as possible, allowing most drivers to get home on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The majority of their fleet consists of dedicated and regional drivers while most of their OTR drivers either do it by choice or live in low freight areas.
Depending on your specific dedicated or regional operation, drop and hook percentages will vary. You may have 0% drop and hook, or you could have 100% drop and hook.
Millis Transfer does not offer a lease operator program.
Dedicated and regional positions are abundant at Millis Transfer, with local positions being less common. Millis Transfer is a 100% dry van carrier.
Local positions are available at Millis but does not comprise of a large portion of their fleet. However, dedicated and regional positions are abundant making this a good choice for drivers who wish for predictable miles and home time. The downside to these positions is drivers will experience less travel and see less of the country compared to OTR drivers.
All trucks are top-of-the-line, late-model Kenworths.
All trucks are equipped with an electronic logging system.
70 mph when driver meets safety requirements
Most trucks have not been equipped with an APU. Trucks that don't have an APU are allowed to idle while the driver is sleeping.
Millis has exceptional equipment stocked with a nice list of goodies which many other companies don't offer. Their paint scheme is fantastic and the trucks really stand out in a crowd. It really doesn't get much better than what they offer.