We’re not just getting you a Commercial Drivers License. We’re assisting in getting you a job, an opportunity to better your career and your life.
Training you to get your CDL is only our first goal - finding you a job is our ultimate goal. At Smith & Solomon, we have a dedicated placement department whose sole purpose is to find you a job. They are in constant contact with recruiters from major trucking companies updating job lists on a weekly basis and inviting those recruiters to our locations regularly. We have been successful in assisting many students with starting their CDL careers.
Why become a truck driver?
- Job opportunities are expected to grow through 2020
- Growth is faster than the average for all other occupations
- 21% growth in jobs expected from 2010-2020*
• That's an increase of over 330,000 jobs
- Companies are continually looking for qualified and experienced drivers
- Most freight in the U.S. is moved by trucks
- As the economy grows, more truck drivers will be needed to keep up with increasing demand for products
- The job cannot be outsourced
- Entry-level truck drivers are often "pre-hired" before beginning their driver training
- Many trucking companies offer benefits such as insurance, retirement plans, paid vacations and safety bonuses
- In a matter of weeks, you can be trained and placed in a new career as a professional truck driver
*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Smith & Solomon Difference: We are committed to helping you find a job.
- Dedicated Job Placement Specialists
- Continual Job Placement
- Job Lists Updated weekly
- Pre-hire Applications
- On-site Recruiting
- Job Fairs
Read below about success stories in the trucking industry. People like you, who, with a little initiative, have turned their CDL into major trucking companies turning over millions of dollars a year.
Johnnie Bryan Hunt Sr. (1927-2006)
Johnnie was a sharecropper's son who earned $1.50 a day as a teenager. After the Army and several other jobs, he became a truck driver. In 1969, he founded J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. with five tractors and seven trailers. About 35 years later, the company was a billion-dollar business with more than 16,000 employees and a fleet of some 11,000 trucks. To save on fuel costs, he gave bonuses to drivers who drove at 55 miles per hour. He also introduced computers to truck drivers in the 1990s so they could communicate with fleet managers, ending the search for telephones to find out about the next load. Hunt carried a wad of $100 bills in a gold money clip and regularly handed them to people who he thought needed the money. "I was hungry once. And once you're hungry, you're different," he said.
Mervin "Merv" Connolly
Merv, an owner-operator contracted to L. E. Walker Transport Ltd. has driven over three million collision-free miles in 39 years of commercial driving. In March 2005, Connolly was awarded an Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving, for helping lift a vehicle off a trapped man and for assisting a passenger who had been ejected from the vehicle following an accident earlier in the year.
In 1959, Clarence started C.L. Werner with one truck at the age of 19. In 1986, Werner Enterprises began trading shares of its stock (NASDAQ: WERN). Today the fleet consists of 8,860 tractors, over 25,330 trailers, and over 14,000 employees and independent contractors. The company operates globally, delivering retail store merchandise, consumer products, manufactured products, and grocery products. The billion-dollar company prides itself in: Highly productive, professional drivers with high on-time service and low accident percentages; one of the best safety ratings of the 15 largest TL carriers in the U.S.; leadership in technology, including a paperless logging system approved by the DOT.
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I graduated your school during the summer of 2012 and landed a local driving job immediately and haven't looked back since. My life is back on track after being laid off in early 2012 and I'm on target to make over $75,000 this year. Again, thank you for the new skill. I just learned that truck drivers are more in the demand than ever as rules, laws, and regulations get more challenging, along with the next generation of truck drivers starting to retire creating a big hole in the industry.