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Inexperienced Class A Drivers

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 $600 per week while training at TMC, from orientation right on through your over-the-road training with one of our certified flatbed driver trainers. There are also bonuses during this period. Please contact a recruiter for details.

While we do offer mileage pay, TMC will help you excel with our percentage performance pay program, which pays more than traditional per-mile programs!

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

  • Call us at 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.

Orientation & Training

Training is conducted at our training facilities either in Des Moines, Iowa or Columbia, South Carolina. Orientation is two weeks, followed by five weeks over-the-road (OTR) with a Driver Trainer.

  • Your first 7 days (Mon-Sun) is a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on load securement training.
  • Your remaining 5 days (Mon-Fri) are equipment familiarization where you have the opportunity to become comfortable operating our trucks/trailers before going OTR with a Driver Trainer.


Hiring Map for Inexperienced CDL Drivers

Why I drive

Essential Job Functions Assessment

Detailed TMC Essential Job Functions


Columbia, South Carolina Apprentice Orientation Checklist

Des Moines, Iowa Apprentice Orientation Checklist

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