TMC Paid CDL Training

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Punisher's Comment
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So I am making a career change. I am brand new to the trucking industry as well as this forum. I have done alot of research and decided to reach out to TMC. I liked alot of what I read on this forum and other sources online. I talked it over with my family and decided to apply with TMC. I was offered a job obviously I will need to obtain my CDL'S to get into my own truck and hit the ground running. So far everything sounds good. They provide you with transportation to Des Moines, housing, 2 meals a day and $500 a week salary during the 19 day orientation / training period. I have to obtain my CDL learning permit prior to arrival at their facility. Then I will attend the training and take my CDL skills test the last day. Then they will send me home to team up with a trainer in my area so I can be home on the weekends while they are home. I will make $500 per week for the 5 weeks I am with the trainer. After that I will get put into my own truck with $1,000 guaranteed for the first 2 weeks. At the advice of my brother in law (former OTR) I will take percentage pay. I'm new to the game so any advice or experience with TMC will be greatly appreciated!! Looking forward to my new career.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations on your new adventure. Just remember it's all one really long interview and you're not officially hired til you have your keys to your own truck.

I don't know squat about percentage pay but I'm curious as to why some people think it's better.

Anywho keep a get it done attitude and you'll be fine. Don't associate yourself with any terminal rats.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rainy 's Comment
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Follow EVERY rule.they give you. im pretty sure they are the " the grass" company. Walk on the grass and you get sent home. Why? because if you cant follow the rules in front of them, what will you do behind their backs. All former military management who take rules seriously.

pretty sure its them

anyway congrats and good luck! good-luck.gif

Punisher's Comment
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Right I definitely understand I'm not employed until I pass that skills test.

As far as the rules and keeping off the grass, I am an Army vet. Nothing new lol. Bring on the rules!

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