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Types of Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL’s)
So you’re ready to get your CDL. Now, you need to decide which type of CDL training best suits you and what you want for your future. Choosing the right CDL course is crucial. It will determine what you do for the rest of your life. But how do you know which course is the right one for you?
How do the CDL Classes differ?
On your way to becoming a professional truck driver, you may think that getting your CDL ensures that you can get a driving job. Getting your CDL is only part of the equation. Next, you have to get a job and that might not be possible if you ruin your driving record.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping your license clean. It can mean the difference between accomplishing your dreams and not.
THE DMV POINTS SYSTEM
Learning to drive a truck is a complex skill that takes some intense training and focus. It is not a skill to be taken lightly. To be able to maneuver a truck and trailer through busy cities and highways, you are going to need proper training from someone who knows what they are doing. This kind of training is best given by specially-trained individuals who are experts in their field.
The Department of Transportation requires that drivers who have a CDL get regular physicals. This ensures that all drivers are healthy and keeps everyone on the road safe.
The DOT physical is not just a regular checkup. There are specific things that the doctor is required to check for and pay attention to. There are a few things that you will want to know before going to get your DOT physical.
YOU MUST GO TO A DOT CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN
Smith & Solomon is proud to present their Freedom Truck sponsored by Werner Enterprises. Freedom Truck honors those who have serve and are serving our country. The Freedom Truck will showcase the importance of veterans in the trucking industry. In honor to our veterans the truck displays the American flag, military tag and pays tribute to the five branches of the US military with each of their logos.
Linden, October 12, 2017.
Smith & Solomon Hosted Werner enterprises for a hiring event full of opportunities. As a result, Werner enterprises showcased their career opportunities and benefits offered for CDL drivers. From raffles, contest, trucks, to Miss Coco Bean and the Elites from Werner Enterprise every attendee was excited.
The trucking industry has been changing and adapting to new technologies, leading to new automatic transmission trucks. As the trucking industry continues to grow and embrace a new trend here you have five reasons why you should drive an automatic commercial truck.
1. Fuel Economy
Trucks used have a strong reputation for being vehicles of large fuel consumption. Nowadays, with automatic transmissions trucks we can see true fuel economy. As a result, automatic transmissions are more fuel efficient than manual trucks.
Join us for a day full of information where they will discuss the following as well as answer your questions:
- How to get hired before you graduate
- What happens during orientation
- What driving opportunities are available within Werner Enterprises
- How does their tuition reimbursement work
- Werner’s Pet & Rider policy
- Pay, benefits and bonuses
- Information on their logs, technology and equipment
- Veteran’s programs
They say this country couldn’t run without truck drivers. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) says the trucking industry provides one out of every 16 American jobs for a whopping 7.3 million jobs, and the industry is still growing. There are more truck driving jobs than there are truck drivers.
Trucking will always be in demand and truck drivers have a job security that many other professions don’t have. Once you have your CDL, you’re set for life in this career.
What can I expect as a professional truck driver?
Your career as a professional truck driver is full of great opportunities and great benefits. Professional truck drivers are in high demand. As a result, major trucking companies are hiring nationwide. To attract new drivers, they provide with great pay plans, medical benefits and tuition reimbursement among other benefits.
What are the requirements for me to get my CDL?
Smith & Solomon enjoyed a day full of laughs, giggles, smiles and lots of excitement along with all of the families who joined us at “Touch A Truck” event hosted by the Lions Club of South Plainfield. Our commitment goes beyond just our students, we are committed to support our local community. This event brought together the local community to have a trucking learning experience. The most exciting part of this event was to be able to provide a hands-on experience for kids and families to explore and interact with our trucks.
Have you heard “if you bought it, a truck driver brought it”? Truck drivers play a major role in the economy and our everyday lives. We have a constant need for supplies. As a result, there is a high demand for professional truck drivers to deliver our supplies. Once you have your CDL license, your employment opportunities are endless. Follow these simple steps to a CDL career full of opportunities.
Step 1: Visit one of our campuses
Want to find a company to establish or continue your trucking career?
Smith & Solomon is hosting Werner Enterprises for a day full of information.
• One of the best trucking companies in the USA
• Opportunities and benefits within the company
• Werner rider and pet policies
• Werner average pay $45k to $150K
• Veterans programs
• Tuition reimbursement
• Spouse employment
Free Food & Refreshments
Start your Career with Werner Enterprises! Offering dedicated, regional, local, 48 state van, temperature controlled, flat bed, owner operators, team drivers and driver trainers. Take advantage of one of the many benefits they have with a $7,500 tuition reimbursement.
Smith & Solomon students see your placement specialist for an application today!
Linden, New Jersey, May 6,2017: Smith & Solomon’s annual Job Fair was held on May 6, 2017. This community event was a total success! Over 30 major companies were present, looking to hire new employees. In addition, more than 500 applicants came to the Job Fair. Employers and recruiters in the commercial trucking industry and transportation industry were eager to hire. As a result, all attendees learned about the many opportunities and benefits having a CDL offers them.
If you want a new career, want to increase your income and you are looking to excel in a prosperous industry? Then Commercial truck driving is for you. We understand that everyone has different schedules, that’s why we are here to help you get your Commercial Driver’s License with our weekend classes. We offer multiple CDL programs where you can choose from.
Helpful Tips and Example Questions for Job Interviews
We encourage all our graduates to be prepared for a job interview. We have some helpful interviewing tips and some example questions they may asked you. We want all our Professional Truck Drivers going to an interview to excel as proud alumni from Smith & Solomon.
Be the future employee that stands out from the crowd of just interviewee, by following these helpful tips:
For veterans it all starts with respect, work ethic and company alliance wich are the same foundation for being a professional truck driver.
Truck drivers have an important job that requires time flexibility and financial efficiency. Now as tax season is approaching, professional truck drivers can save as much money as possible, just by knowing their tax deductions.
Being young and strong, you can dedicate yourself to a better future with a prosperous income to help you and your family. There are many reasons why truck driving is the best career for people in their twenties. The trucking industry provides security for all those millennials out there looking to make “good money”.
Here is why you must become a professional truck driver:
1 Plan Your Trip
Before going on the road, plan your route to your destination. Keep in mind weather permitting conditions. Always keep in mind safety first, and take into consideration that some roads may be closed or too rough to navigate. Its always better to drive through melted snow or a road that has been plowed recently to prevent any accidents or inconveniences. If there is heavy snow keep your speed below 25mph and plan for safe parking places.
2 Pre- Trip Inspection
“Truck drivers are getting America's biggest pay raises” per CNN Money, but WHO is taking it home? The trucking industry is America’s back bone to deliver goods across the country. In addition, this multi-billion dollar industry continued growth leading to a high demand for new truck drivers to deliver our country’s goods.
We encourage and support talented, motivated military veterans as they transition to into a new career, as a highly successful professional Truck Driver.
Our mission is to assist you, our US military active duty or military veteran men and women in identifying potential opportunities within the trucking industry. Our goal is your success, from unemployment or underemployment to a starting salary of at least $48,000* per year.
Linden, September 29th 2016.
A Commercial Truck Driver’s Guide to Passing the Time on the Open Road
If you have your commercial truck driver’s license or are thinking about getting one soon, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you want to pass the time on the road. Some truckers take up hobbies, while others catch up on sleep. Here is a list of some of the most common things that truckers do to enjoy down time.
Pursue a hobby
There is no excuse for settling into a dead-end job that you don’t enjoy. If you’re thinking about switching jobs, know that you can make it happen, no matter your age or education level. You can pursue an exciting new career with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and change your life in as little as three weeks.
Quick CDL Training
Attend Smith & Solomon's Upcoming Job Fair!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 am to 1: 00 pm
Smith & Solomon Truck Driving School
1707 Lower Road
Linden, NJ 07036
New Year, New Career, New You!
Your future awaits you....
Whether you’ve been unemployed or you’re in the middle of considering a career change, the New Year is a chance for a fresh start- and there’s no time like now to enroll for your CDL. Now’s the time to take a hard look at all of the opportunities being a CDL holder has to offer!
One thing that sets the trucking industry apart from other industries is the quick turnaround time from enrolling to graduating.
Our 1st FREE Hiring Event with U.S. Xpress turned out to be a great experience for prospective students, our current students and our grads from different Smith & Solomon campuses. Everyone who attended was provided with information on the positions U.S.
Today there are different routes you can take to obtain CDL training and a license. These options have grown due to the increase in demand for drivers and the amount of positions that need to be filled. These numbers are in the 10’s of thousands.
Major trucking companies are now offering paid training to those interested in the career, but with a catch- there usually involves a contract between both the company and new driver to become employed with them for anywhere from one to three years.
How satisfied are you with your current job? Do you look forward to work every day, or is every moment on the job agonizing? For many, a work environment can be boring, even oppressive with multiple bosses hovering in the vicinity looking over your shoulder. Gain back your freedom by getting your CDL and embarking on a career in truck driving. Here are some of the perks:
America needs a lot more truck drivers.
Hammonton, NJ, August 4, 2015: Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training has recently opened a new campus in Hammonton, NJ. These efforts are fueled by the need to alleviate the job loss devastation Atlantic City has undergone just last year.
Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training has just opened their 9th training facility in Hammonton, NJ. The new campus is conveniently located off of exit 28 on the Atlantic City Expressway.
If you've been interested in enrolling for your commercial driver's license and have been looking for the right school, we've opened this location for you! Give us a call today to meet with our friendly Admissions Staff:
583 13th Street, Suite 103
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Trucking is one of the most important industries that majority of other industries depend on in order to maintain and increase productivity in their businesses. Trucks transport and handle more cargo than any other form of transportation- ships, trains, you name it. Logistics by trucks are involved in every step of the process of a given product. From transporting materials to having them manufactured, to the delivery of the final product at your local retailer, this is all dependent on that of a truck.
The driver shortage continues to be an issue- even with over 3 million CDL drivers currently working, there is still an approximate 50,000+ drivers needed to fill various positions in the industry.
The unfortunate reason for this shortage is due to the age gap between seasoned drivers and newer drivers. The number of drivers approaching retirement is at a significant percentage higher than new hires.
Trucking is the perfect chance to climb from your current situation, whether unemployed or underemployed and longing for more, to a standard they can truly be proud to call their own as they are enabled to support themselves and their families.
So what is the average salary of a truck driver?
Most of the jobs you hear about while obtaining your commercial driver’s license are those that require you to drive over-the-road, and it’s true that most people who begin their career in trucking often start off with driving long hauls. This is for the reasons that the experience gained from driving over the road is immense, and/or an individual is sold on a life where they are traveling the country and are free from a 9 to 5 job.
We're excited for the Job Fair this Saturday and all of the opportunites that will be available to our attendees. We want to see you succeed in your trucking career. For this Saturday's job fair, be prepared by following these helpful tips:
1. Dress Code: Casual, no suits are required. We definitely recommend wearing a collared polo or button-down shirt. Jeans are fine, but if you want to make an impression, maybe kick it up a notch by wearing a pair of khakis or chino pants.
Job Fair - Saturday, May 2, 2015
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
1701 Lower Road
Linden, NJ 07036
CDL and Non CDL Holders Welcome to Attend!
For questions or information, please call 908-474-1589.
If you're unsure of the laws are in regards to Distracted Driving, please make it a point to check out this link: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html
Join us today in taking the pledge against Distracted Driving!
Distracted Driving continues to be an issue with the increased usage of mobile devices while on the road, and that isn't the only distraction causing the many accidents and tragedies that are constantly making headlines. Eating, changing radio stations, grooming yourself, etc., are all things that can easily prevent your focus from fully being where it needs to be- on the road and on your surroundings.
For the duration of the month, we'll be posting up different tips on practicing the utmost safety while on the road. Here's tip #1:
Thinking about a career change? You won’t find many careers that provide the benefits that a career in trucking does, especially with the turnaround time to get your CDL. Here are a few things to look forward to as a professional truck driver.
OTR (Over the Road), Regional & Local Truck Route Options
Competitive Salary & Benefits
Constant Change of Scenery
For over the road and regional truck drivers most of their time is spent in their truck away from home. What’s great about that is the hobbies that you may not have had time for before becoming a truck driver can be now. Some truckers prefer to use their time to catch up on rest, but there are a significant amount of those who take up a variety of hobbies such as:
Reading (bringing a hardcopy of a book or on audiobook).
Listening to Music.
As the economy improves, the demand for commercial truck drivers increases. A lot of trucking companies are getting on board with increasing their driver pay and incentives.
Most trucking companies offer major benefits to their employees. These benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance and retirement plans. Holiday, sick time and vacation time are also a part of most companies’ incentive offerings.
Having a career in trucking is pretty exciting when you're on the road and have so much to see and experience while working. The ability to see the country and appreciate the different sites, restaurants and people is just one of the many perks of being a professional truck driver. Check out the list of apps for smart phones that have been the most downloaded by truckers:
So tax season has been well upon us for several weeks now. It may be annoying getting all of your documents together, but the “reward” of getting your refund check surely makes the process all worth it.
After you’ve gotten all of your documents in order and know what your return will look like, the next thing you start to do is plan what you will spend it on. What will you buy or invest in once you get it?
Most of the time people have plans to purchase some new electronic or put it towards a vacation.
Women opting for a career in trucking has increased significantly. Seeing a woman behind the wheel of a tractor trailer is something seen more often nowadays.
At Smith & Solomon having more women join the trucking industry is majorly supported. It’s a fantastic gateway for those not wanting the restrictions of a 9 to 5 office job. Additionally, it assists in the economy’s growth and the driver deficit.
If you are interested and decide to begin a career as a commercial truck driver, then you’re setting yourself up for an exciting field full of freedom, flexibility, and many new experiences. Here are just a few tips for you to use as a guideline into the world of trucking.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), trucking and logistics companies will have to hire 100,000 drivers a year over the next decade in order to keep up with the industry’s growth.*
Distracted Driving continues to be an issue with the increased usage of mobile devices while on the road, and that isn’t the only distraction causing the many accidents and tragedies that are constantly making headlines. Eating, changing radio stations, grooming yourself, etc., are all things that can easily prevent your focus from fully being where it needs to be- on the road and on your surroundings.
Si has estado considerando obtener su CDL (licencia de conductor comercial), ahora es el momento! La CDL y una carrera en camiones es una gran inversión para tu futuro. Vamos a repasar las 5 razones:
Todo lo que necesita es su licencia de conducir y poder pasar un físico y examen de droga.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Smith & Solomon’s Job Placement Director, Todd Hyland attended Burlington Community College’s Youth Symposium on Monday, October 20th, an event sponsored by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders & Workforce Investment Board. The event was created to have all surrounding freshman and sophomore high school students attend and educate them in becoming career ready, by providing workshops on developing life skills, time management, resume creation, and interview and job search techniques.
Bellmawr, New Jersey, September 20, 2014: It was a great turnout at Smith & Solomon’s Bellmawr Campus Job Fair this past Saturday. From over twenty plus vendors who attended, current Smith & Solomon students, alumni and the general public looking to pursue a career in trucking, this event provided information and opportunity for everyone.
9/1/2014 4:00:00 AM
Opinion: Reaching Across the Aisle, Country for Jobs
By John Diab
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
The trucking industry is responsible for transporting more than 67% of the nation’s freight (by weight). Whether the freight is fresh produce, lifesaving medicines, auto parts, farm machinery or the latest tech gadget, nearly everything we buy has been hauled on a truck.
Bordentown, New Jersey, August 21, 2014: Today Congressman Jon Runyan of New Jersey’s 3rd District and McLane Company representatives, Shane Falls and Michael Watson visited Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training at their Bordentown, NJ Campus. It served as a great opportunity to fully express and demonstrate the validity of the ongoing issue the economy is facing with the lack of drivers that are needed to fill over 100,000 truck driving positions current to date.* During the Co
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Cioffi Towing, Gallo Wines, JB Hunt, Maverick, McClane Foods, New Jersey Transit, NJ Talent Network, Penske, Prime, PTL, Road Tex, Roehl, S&S Logistics, Schneider, TMC, TransAm, United Road, UPS, US Express, Weaver Oil, Werner, Western Express.
If you’ve been considering getting your CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), NOW is the time! Getting your CDL and a career in trucking is a great investment to make for your future. Let’s review the top 5 reasons:
- You don’t need much to begin:
All you need is your driver’s license and be able to pass a DOT physical and drug screen.
Company recruiters like Schneider, Werner, Stevens Transport, and US Express (to name a few), visit our campuses on a regular basis. They do this to meet with you, the future truck driver. Who better to answer your questions about the companies that may potentially employ you? It's important to know what questions to ask in order to be completely informed about the industry, as well as specific companies you may be interested in. Ideally, these are the top questions we recommend you ask:
1. Where are your orientations held?
At Smith & Solomon we stay on top of all trucking-industry related news and updates. We also like to keep all of our students, as well as potential students who are considering a career in truck driving in the loop. So when we see articles pertaining to the need for CDL holders and the amount of opportunity there is in the industry, we are determined to share this information with everyone. It's undertandable for people to be hesitant about their careers and finances with the constant talk of the economy, however, a career in trucking is one of the very few careers that only continue
Before you can drive commercial trucks for a living, you will need some truck driver training. After receiving this training, you can take a test to get your commercial driver's license, or CDL, which will allow you to begin applying for jobs. There are many private driving schools located all over the country, so you will have a number of choices when seeking this education.
Once you finish up at your CDL training school, you will have to begin the job search process. This is often more difficult than attending classes and learning how to drive a truck, as this is a very competitive industry. You will want to carefully research the locations at which you will apply to ensure that you are getting on with a reputable organization that will treat you well. At the same time, you will have to prepare yourself for the interview process and hope that you are chosen for a profitable position.
Truck drivers are in high demand in nearly every economy, since they are responsible for transporting goods around the country. As a result, those who take the plunge and enroll in a truck driving school can expect to find work quite quickly after graduation. At the same time, however, driving a truck leads to a much different lifestyle than working at a warehouse in town, so make sure that you are prepared for these differences before choosing this as a career.
Get the Training
As we are still a couple of days away from the "official" 1st day of summer, temperatures have already begun to rise....and so does the amount of traffic on the roads. While it's exciting to think of the beach and future vacation plans, so should you think about practicing additional safety while traveling this season.
When you make the decision to become a truck driver, the next step is to get some commercial drivers license training. This training will prepare you for everything that is on the test that you must pass to get your license, while also providing you with access to experienced trainers who can answer your questions on the industry. Completing this training is important for your career, as it gives you a better chance of passing the test, which will put you on track for a job in the trucking industry.
Driving a commercial truck is not an easy job, as you have a large vehicle and a heavy load to account for every time you head out on the road. Because of this level of difficulty, getting the proper CDL training before you apply for your license is a good idea. While you can learn on the road, as long as someone with a license accompanies you, taking a training course ensures that you have all of the necessary knowledge and gives you the best chance of passing the tests.
Before you can legally drive a forklift in the United States, you are required to undergo some forklift operator training. This training is monitored by the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration to ensure that the workplace stays as safe as possible and that people who do not know how to safely operate a forklift do not drive them. It is the employer's responsibility to make sure that every employee who is required to drive a forklift has this training. You, therefore, can make yourself more employable by getting this certification before applying for a job.
In the United States, a CDL license is a certificate that permits you to drive a vehicle with a gross weight of 26,000 or more pounds. Generally, this weight limit is reserved for tractor-trailers and buses, although you might find a few other vehicles that exceed this limit under certain circumstances. Driving a vehicle that is above this limit without the license is illegal, so you will need to get your permit if you plan to work in the trucking industry.
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Linden, New Jersey, May 14, 2014: After months of preparation and much anticipation, it was with great satisfaction that Smith & Solomon’s Annual Job Fair exceeded their own expectations, as well as those of the companies that were in attendance. The turnout of attendance between companies and the public was a success. In comparison to last year’s event, the attendance of vendors had almost doubled, as the need for drivers also continues to increase at a staggering rate.
Every other month there is an Open House held at Smith & Solomon campuses. This is made feasible to give every prospective student an in-depth idea about our CDL programs, our lifetime job placement assistance, and life in the trucking industry after they graduate. It is encouraged for everyone interested in getting their CDL to attend an Open House to assist in finding out whether this is a career choice fit for them.
Here are some of the things that are covered during an Open House event at Smith & Solomon:
Tuscaloosa, AL -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/22/2014 -- The Trucking Industry has seen a fluctuation in the past few years but the future is very bright on the horizon as trucking is considered one of the best jobs of the future. Trucking jobs are projected to increase by almost 200,000 new jobs by 2022.
- Why trucking jobs are expected to increase
Smith & Solomon, an industry leader in truck driver training for over 20 years, is seeing a divergence between the baseline supply of truck drivers and the demand for truck drivers. According to their research, they project a demand of 1.65 million truck drivers yet a supply of only 1.45 million truck drivers*. And looking at the trend supply, the divergence is only going to grow for the foreseeable future.
CDL and Non CDL Holders Welcome to Attend. 33 Companies confirmed and counting. May 3, 2014 9:00 am to 2:00 pm - 1701 Lower Road, Linden, NJ 07036 - For questions or more information, please call 908-474-1589
As the economy is seemingly getting better as a whole, there are still a significant amount of people who are struggling to find work while there are numerous jobs needing to be filled in the trucking industry.
Historically, the commercial trucking industry has been overwhelmingly dominated by men. But many people don’t realize that women have a significant presence in the commercial trucking industry, and that their number are increasing every year. The truth is, women are needed to join this industry.
At some point or another everything you consume, utilize and wear has been in contact with a truck. Truck drivers are what keep America moving and are the catalysts for supply chains to continue functioning and stay in business. Yet trucking companies all over America are experiencing a shortage of drivers like never before.
For many prospective CDL students, one of the biggest concerns they have when beginning the program is how their future career as a commercial truck driver will impact their lifestyle. Although it may be difficult to stay active and maintain a balanced diet, there are plenty of effective strategies that truck drivers can employ in order to stay fit while on the road. Here are a few tips for living a healthy lifestyle while spending hours on end inside your vehicle.
Resist the Urge to Eat Fast Food & Choose Healthy Snacks
There is a shortage of qualified commercial truck drivers in the United States, and it is only expected to get worse in the future. By some estimates, the current shortage of drivers is predicted to exceed 300,000 drivers by the year 2020. Fortunately, Smith & Solomon gives every graduate the training, tools and resources needed to land a job once they enter the market.
Linden, New Jersey, November 18, 2013: The CVTA (Commercial Vehicle Training Association) held their fall 2013 conference last month in Washington, D.C. where the announcement that John Diab, COO of Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training will sit as their new Board of Directors Chairman.
As of January 30, 2012 it is required for all CDL holders to provide a copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate (also known as a DOT card), as well as provide the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in (or expect to drive in). This information must be submitted to your state’s respective motor vehicle agency by no later than January 30, 2014.
Examples of different operations that must be reported are the following: