Heavy Metal Truck Driving School

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Gee's Comment
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I am considering attending the 460 hour training course at the heavy metal driving school in minnesota. Does anyone have any insight into this school and is the 460 hour training course the way to go? I need some advice before I drop 6000$ into this school. Thank you so much. also I am an older petite female 44 yrs old and only 5' 2" will this affect my ability to get a job once Im done with school?

Christopher W.'s Comment
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6,000 dollars and 3-4 weeks doesn't sound bad if they have decent equipment and a good course for practicing on. Don't know a thing about the school though.

As for your age and size, it doesn't matter. I see grannies in some yards dropping and hooking like pros with minimal effort. Almost anyone can do this, it just takes the right state of mind.

Chris's Comment
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I went to Heavy Metal and they didn't have any classes that long or that expensive at the time. My class was three weeks Monday through Friday and then the 4th week you had two random days for one on one with the instructor before your road test. We drove all over the city for a few hours.

I would highly recommend them. The first day was pretty much all classroom and by the 2nd or 3rd day I was backing and shifting pretty decent. Of course it got better and better everyday. The instructors were very patient and good at teaching and helping newbies. The trucks were in pretty good shape considering the abuse they go through.

I passed the dmv road test the first try thanks to them. They are also great at helping you find the best company for your needs. The company recruiters stop by almost daily as well.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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All you're going to need is the 160 hour course. Make some phone calls to a few trucking companies that hire inexperienced drivers and ask them if they'd approve you with the 160 hour course. Almost everyone will.

And besides, that "200 hour externship" is a bunch of baloney. Basically you're going to do the 160 hour course, get your CDL , land a job, and go out on the road with a trainer from your new company. The school is going to give you a bunch of paperwork to do while you're on the road being trained by someone else and call it their "externship". You're not in their equipment, you're not being trained by their instructors, and yet they're selling it as if it's their own training. It's not. You're done with the school at that point. It's a marketing thing is all it is.

Talk around to some companies and see what they say. I think you'll find the 160 hour course is the one you want.


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.
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