By Jon E. Dougherty at 19 Oct 19:33
An Instructor from American Institute of Technology explains technique, challenges of driving tanker.
"I'm feeling pretty confident when I graduate I'll be ready to hit the road," he said standing in front of a big rig.
When the economy tanked, it cost Scott Harper his way of life.
"The company I worked for, a tire business, it shut down," he said. "It basically took a toll on us."
Now, he's on the way to getting a steady paycheck in an industry with high demand for those willing and ready to work.
"I've been hired by seven different companies, so I can just take my pick on who I want to go with," Harper said. "When you enroll in the Diesel Driving Academy they do a pre-hire application. Based on that, I already have a job when I leave here."
Joel Easley is a senior instructor at the Academy, and he said his students are in demand.
"There is a shortage of drivers. Drivers are needed.," he said.
"That's one of the major reasons I am this way, cause I knew there was a demand for drivers," Harper said.
Take a look at these numbers. Nationwide, approximately 400,000 truck driving positions are currently open.
In the Natural State, anywhere from 2,500 to 10,000 drivers need to be hired.
And your starting salary will be at least $35,000 a year.
"It's a good stable job that you can put food on your family's table and put a roof over your head," Easley said. "Even when the economy is in a crunch, trucks are still running. You'll see gasoline tanker trucks on the roads because this country is going to drive, and you're going to see refrigerated trucks because this country is going to eat. There's job security in that."
In a strapped economy, with thousands looking for a place on the payroll, a steady paycheck offers almost as much freedom as the open road.
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On Friday, October 28, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the following statement regarding the publication of the Hours of Service regulations: “The petitioners have agreed to extend the October 28, 2011, deadline for publication of a final Hours of Service rule. FMCSA will continue to work toward publishing a final rule as quickly as possible. The parties to the settlement agreement will file their next status report with the Court on November 28, 2011.”
In a statement American Trucking Associations said it hopes the agency will “use the extra time to consider the overwhelming input it has received from thousands of drivers and law enforcement officers that the current rule is working. There’s no need to break something that’s not broken.”
For more information on the proposed hours-of-service change, visit SafeDriverHours.com.
Welcome to your October issue of the Randall-Reilly Digest Dispatch e-Newsletter.
In this month’s issue, we highlight the driver shortage with the latest information and statistics from Truck Gauge, our new industry research product. We also examine the boom in social media and how Randall-Reilly is building products to connect with you and your potential drivers and owner operators
We continue to develop new solutions for our customers, including our monthly webinar series from Randall-Reilly editors and industry experts. For October, we highlight working with onboard recorders.
As always, we bring you recruiting and retention tips from nationally known speaker, teacher and trucking consultant Dan Baker. This month, Dan advises you to control what people hear about your company, and he emphasizes how to deal with differences among your drivers.
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