The demand for qualified truck drivers is on the rise across the US. Depending on where you live, you can apply to get a commercial driver’s license and make a decent salary. Even in a small state like Connecticut there is a demand for truck drivers and diesel mechanics. Average salaries for truck drivers according to 2012 statistics are $42,000 and $51,000 for ASE certified diesel mechanics. Check out which of the truck driving schools is closest to you.
Drivers have to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before they can work as truckers in Connecticut. Drivers have to be at least 18 years old to qualify.
There are 3 classes of licenses – A, B and C. The license are classified based on the vehicular weight. A driver need's to get one according to what he/she is expected to drive. Check out the requirements before applying for the right one. Drivers will have to get on with the written test and behind the wheel to drive for the class of license they need.
With 14 schools to choose from, students can decide what they want to pursue. The average training period is about 6 – 9 weeks at any truck driving school in Connecticut, if one attends school full time. The diesel mechanic certificate takes much longer, about 24 months. The duration of class hours are split between the classroom and on the road. The cost of the course is $6900 for the duration. Loans and scholarships are available to those in need. Scholarships don’t offset the cost of tuition. It pays to check out the number of hours for driving practice before picking a school.
Under new federal regulations, those transporting hazardous materials on the job have to undergo a background check and also get fingerprinted. This is to protect regular citizens from potential terrorist threats. If you get disqualified, there is an appeals process. Some of the reasons for disqualification could be crimes related to murder, arson, robbery, kidnapping and others.
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New England Tractor Trailer Training School
32 Field Rd
Somers, Connecticut 06071