Student Flatbed Truck Drivers & Recent Graduates

TMC has been committed to training CDL school graduates since 1993. Our student driver training program is recognized as one of the best and is one of the few on-the-job truck driver training programs in the country approved by the Department of Labor as a certified Heavy Truck Driver Apprenticeship program. Student drivers are paid while training at TMC, from orientation right on through your over-the-road training with one of our certified flatbed driver trainers. Training is conducted at our Des Moines, Iowa terminal facility. Please visit the Training section of our website for more details on the training process.

The opportunity presented by TMC's performance-based pay program for CDL student drivers cannot be overemphasized. First year average pay is $55,000, but with our pay program we have drivers who are earning over $60,000 in their first year! You won't get that kind of opportunity with company seniority-based pay programs.

If you are already enrolled in a CDL training program and are interested in joining our team after you graduate:

  • Call us at 1-800-247-2862 extension 2 for more information OR
  • Obtain a TMC application from your school, fill it out and have them send it to us OR
  • Fill out our student driver application

Once you have submitted an application, be sure to call the Recruiting Department within a couple of days to verify that we received your application and to get introduced to the recruiter assigned to your application.


  • What type of physical work is required to be a TMC flatbedder?
    • Like most driving jobs, the majority of your time will be spent behind the wheel, but flatbedding does tend to be more physically involved than other types of trucking. You will be required to pull yourself up on the trailer and loads. You will be required to secure straps and chains as well as tarping. There are distinct advantages to being a flatbedder, and the most obvious is that you get a chance every day to work outside and get a little physical activity to break up the long hours of driving. We encourage you to view our load securement page to get a better feel for what's involved. You can also get an overview of the physical job functions here.
  • What sets TMC apart from other companies?
    • We are one of the rare trucking companies that is employee owned. Just being a flatbed driver is less common, in fact one in every ten drivers drive flatbed industry-wide. There is pride and camaraderie among our drivers that stands out in our field.
  • Where will I attend TMC orientation?
    • New hire orientation is conducted in Des Moines, IA or Columbia, SC.
  • How much will I be paid during TMC orientation?
    • Apprentice Driver (those who attend the two-week orientation) pay is $600 per week during orientation and training. Payroll runs one week behind so your first paycheck will be two weeks after you start orientation (payday is every Friday).

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