FAQs About CDL Jobs and Training in Texas
Premier Technical Institute offers comprehensive training programs for career-minded individuals in the Dallas area interested in earning their CDL license. This is a high-demand job field with many career opportunities. Read below to learn more about this industry and contact us to enroll in our upcoming programs.
What are the different types of CDL jobs available?
Our training will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to confidently work in various types of truck driving jobs, including:
- Over the Road – This is coast-to-coast driving throughout the 48 states and Canada.
- Dedicated – Long-distance driving on a regular basis from point A to point B.
- Regional – Covering a five to seven state area from your company’s central location.
- Less-Than-Load – These are regional freight jobs such as FedEx or UPS.
What can I expect from a CDL career?
Once you earn your license and join a company, honest and hardworking employees can expect good pay and excellent benefits in a rewarding career.
What if my driving record contains a DWI, or I have a felony record?
Depending on how long ago these are, they could pose problems for finding employment with a trucking company. Typically, companies require clean records of five years for DWI or 10 years for felonies.
Why do you require a drug screen and physical?
This is required by the Department of Transportation.
What is the average starting salary for a CDL driver?
In your first year of operation as a CDL driver, it’s realistic to expect to earn about $35,000 to $42,000 per year.
Do you offer financing for the CDL program?
Yes, we offer various financing options for those who qualify. Visit our financing page to learn more about opportunities.
Are there regulatory requirements CDL drivers must adhere to?
Drivers must be at least 21 years old and pass a physical exam every two years. They must also pass drug and alcohol screenings, and some of these may be random. Certain cargo weight loads and hazardous materials require appropriate warning signage. Drug, alcohol, and serious criminal offenses may result in the loss of a CDL license.
Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to be a CDL driver?
CDL drivers must have a valid Texas driver’s license, a social security card, and proof of legal working status in the U.S.
What if I have a CDL license and can’t get hired because I haven’t driven recently?
Our CDL refresher course provides proper acknowledgment that you are up to date on road safety and operation skills to help you get employment after a long period of not driving.
After I finish the program, will I have a CDL license?
Yes, as long as you pass the written test and driving assessment.
Do you offer job search assistance?
Yes, CDL drivers are in high demand, and we work with many companies to supply newly licensed drivers for their companies.
Are there opportunities for women in the trucking industry?
Yes, there are jobs at every level for women, and many companies actively recruit women drivers.
What are working conditions like for CDL drivers?
You will operate in all types of landscapes, including open roads, congested city streets, mountains, deserts, and plains. Driving is required during day and night hours. It can be a demanding and challenging job, but it is also very rewarding.
What is the most important aspect of CDL operation?
Safety. Our training and program are presented to ensure safety is the number one priority of our instructors and all who receive their CDL license in our program.
Contact Us to Learn More
Have other questions about the CDL program at Premier Technical Institute in Dallas, TX? Contact us, and we’ll help you learn about how an exciting career in truck driving and CDL operation could be the next step in the career you’ve been waiting for. Give us a call today.