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 OTR 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 OTR companies?
    • We truly do know our drivers by name. Our fleet manager to driver ratio is very low and we want you to stay for the long haul. Hiring drivers just to simply fill a truck is not the way to become a successful carrier. Many of our drivers as well as our office staff have been with us for years. Something else you'll find unique to a carrier of our size is our open door facilities. Want to talk to your fleet manager in person? Just simply walk on in. You'll find no locked doors or safety glass separating you from the people on the inside.
  • 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 $500 upon completion of the first week of orientation, $500 upon completion of the second week of orientation, and $500 for each week while you are on the road with a Quality Driver Trainer. Payroll runs one week behind so your first paycheck will be two weeks after you start orientation (payday is every Monday ). Eval Driver (those who attend the 3-5 day orientation) pay is $100 per day upon completion of orientation. If you are scheduled to go on the road with a Quality Driver Trainer then you will be paid $100 per day based on Monday - Friday. Payroll runs one week behind so your first paycheck will be two weeks after you start orientation (payday is every Monday).

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