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At TruckingTruth, we've done a ton of research for you! We've contacted the company recruiters at TMC Transportation and put together a fantastic review of the TMC Transportation 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:
Not only are TMC's trucks the best looking trucks on the road, the interiors are designed to provide superior driver comfort. Here are just a few of the features offered on their trucks:
TMC Transportation is a larger company with a long history of success, over 40 years, and new drivers can expect their training to be thorough and top-notch. TMC Transportation boasts that their drivers are averaging $65,000 - $75,000 – and that includes first year drivers. They have a unique payscale that offers a choice between percentage and mileage pay.
Keep in mind that TMC's training area is limited to students from Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Southern Wisconsin and Southern Minnesota, with limited opportunities for applicants residing in Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas, and New Jersey.
For qualified trainees from those areas who are interested in starting out in flatbedding, TMC Transportation would be an excellent choice. Additionally, most of their runs are less than 500 miles, and most drivers are home every weekend. As most drivers choose the 'percentage pay', there should be less concerned about the number of miles they actually drive.
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 offers their own CDL training program, and also hires inexperienced drivers who recently graduated from an approved truck driving school. TMC is still led by its founder, and is employee-owned, through shares gifted to the employees.
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TMC Transportation also has limited opportunities for drivers living in: Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
TMC's hiring requirements are fairly typical, and they do specify that you bring work boots and a Rand-McNally Road Atlas. TMC also has a personal appearance policy that reads:Hair should be clean, combed and neatly trimmed or arranged. Shaggy, unkempt hair is not permissible. Men: hair length should be no longer than the bottom of the shirt collar and ponytails of any length or shape are unacceptable. Sideburns, mustaches, and beards should be neatly trimmed. Tattoos or body piercings must be covered.
TMC's CDL training facilities are located in Des Moines, IA and Columbia, SC.
For students who live in the specified training area, TMC offers an excellent opportunity for those drivers interested in flatbed, and 90% of their drivers get home every weekend for an average of 45-50 hours at a time.
There is no cost to the student if they fulfill a commitment to drive for TMC for at least one year. TMC offers the value of training in exchange for a successful, professional driver.
There are no up-front costs
Yes, most meals are provided at no cost.
Yes, students stay free of charge at a TMC-owned and managed hotel: Baymont Inn & Suites in Des Moines, IA or Microtel Inn in Columbia, SC.
No, there is no option offered to pay up front.
There is no obligation for tuition as long as the one-year agreement is honored.
TMC, like many companies offering company-sponsored CDL training, considers their program less of a school with students and more like on-the-job training, an apprenticeship.
TMC Transportation trains you to drive a truck, and in return, you work for them for at least one year. This is a pretty standard obligation for company-sponsored training throughout the trucking industry.
A passport is not necessary but encouraged after training.
Air Brakes and Combinations are required; Hazmat is encouraged
Students will have a variety of classroom instruction, equipment familiarization, simulators, practice driving, backing, and other maneuvers.
The initial CDL training portion is 3 weeks in duration before going on the road with a trainer.
2 students per truck
A combination of all those, but new drivers will spend about 5 weeks with their trainer.
After the student has their CDL, they will earn $500 per week while out with a trainer.
The trainer must be in the passenger seat any time the truck is moving the first 2 weeks, with the ability to run more miles weeks 3, 4, and 5. TMC’s average length of haul is less than 500 miles.
No, one student per trainer & truck.
No, the driver trainer is required to be in the right seat at all times during training, so it's not possible.
Each student has a training coordinator whom they talk to every day while training. Any disputes that arise are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, a non-smoking trainer may be requested.
At least 6 months of safe driving and have to have driven during one winter. Additionally, they take a class and must pass a test, and have to have approval of Safety and Operations departments.
TMC Transportation's CDL training portion of their program is typical at about 3 weeks, with the equivalent of one of those weeks in the classroom and two weeks out on the range practicing backing maneuvers and driving skills.
TMC offers a choice between percentage pay and mileage pay. Percentage rates start at 26% for new graduates and go up to 34%.
Mileage pay starts at $.55 cents per mile for new drivers and can go up to $.68 cents per mile. According to TMC Transportation, 80% of their drivers choose percentage pay.
Because TMC Transportation drivers receive payment on a percentage of the load, they automatically get a raise when freight rates increase. Drivers could see increases as soon as their 2nd month. The percentage pay package is performance based and reviewed on a monthly basis, and ranges from 26%-34%.
Yes. Drivers are awarded points based on their fuel efficiency.
Additional pay is also offered:
TMC Transportation offers health insurance with all major standard benefits and options including life insurance and 401k retirement plans, vacation time, and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
It varies. Drivers elect only the benefits they want, with exception to the ESOP, which is contributed at no cost.
Vacation time – 1 week after 1 year of driving (Average weekly pay is paid to the driver.)
TMC Transportation is unique in that they offer a choice between percentage pay and mileage pay. Their mileage pay is also on the high end of the scale for new drivers, and TMC drivers average $70,000 in their first year of driving. Either choice would put you in the upper regions of new driver pay.
Insurance benefits are typical of any large company, and their Employee Stock Program gives drivers actual stockholder ownership in the company and a stake in its success beyond just employment. Both of these things are pretty unique to TMC Transportation, as far as the rest of the industry goes.
It depends on the account. A few accounts allow it, but most require a period of safe driving experience on linehaul first.
No NYC forced dispatch.
TMC policy is to not force dispatch.
Drivers get home most weekends. A weekend may vary, but on average TMC drivers get 45 – 50 hours of home time during weekends home.
There are no drop and hook loads because all loads are flatbed. It's live loading and unloading.
No pets allowed.
Must be a direct relative or significant other. Passenger must be at least 10 years old. There is a 90 day waiting period for new drivers before passengers are allowed. A rider permit is required to be in the truck at all times when there is a passenger.
TMC does not offer a lease purchase program to outside hires. TMC hires company drivers. Drivers who wish to become owner-operators may do so provided that they demonstrate safe driving and have a good understanding of how to run a business. TMC does not persuade drivers to lease, and they are predominantly company drivers.
TMC Transportation hauls flatbeds only and has dedicated, specialized and linehaul divisions.
TMC offers a few different driving opportunities, but their main selling point in that regard is the opportunity to be home every weekend.
Currently, over 35% of TMC's Flatbed trucking fleet is comprised of veterans. TMC offers military veterans the opportunity to enroll in their GI Bill-approved Apprenticeship program.
TMC Transportation recently pledged to hire 500 military veterans by 2016 in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Hiring Our Heroes" program.
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TMC has arguably the most beautiful looking trucks on the road. They're decked out with all sorts of driver comforts and they're impeccably maintained. They even allow you to get them washed once a week which is rare for a large fleet. You really couldn't ask for better equipment and in fact it's one of the selling points of working for TMC Transportation.