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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered on this page, be sure to contact us today to learn more about AIT’s truck driver training programs and the trucking industry.

The decision to become a truck driver should be an informed one, as it isn’t for everyone. There is a great need in the transportation industry for qualified drivers and new positions continue to open, providing employment security. AIT’s in-depth training options cover vital topics such as impact on family life, time management, and managing work & personal finances. With open eyes and solid training to rely on, a career in trucking may very well be the right choice for you.

Pay and benefits are important issues when considering a new career. Pay scales vary among carriers, of course, but it is reasonable to project that a rookie driver in the first year can earn $44,760 and that’s not including the benefits many employing carriers offer. Benefits also vary among carriers, but many offer health & dental insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, wellness programs, and even stock options.

This information was reported by the carriers that hire our drivers, Werner Covenant and May

Absolutely! Even in a sluggish economy or in a recession, truck drivers are essential to every major industry. Every point in production — from acquiring raw materials, to manufacturing, and on to storage or ultimate delivery of goods — relies on dependable, regular deliveries. There’s a saying in the industry that rings true, no matter the state of the economy — “If you bought it, a truck brought it.”

A variety of trucking jobs can be found industry-wide. There are long haul or over the road (OTR) drivers covering long distance routes. LTL drivers, or less than truckload, pick up varying smaller sized loads that ship like full truckloads, but end up delivered much like parcels. There are also countless local route drivers who do a lot of city driving. There is also plenty of room for advancement within the industry — recruiters, dispatchers, trainers, and even safety & compliance officers start out as drivers to gain valuable experience.

Training costs depend greatly on several factors. The program you pick that will provide you the training outcome you are looking for, if you intend to train full time or part time, and what best fits your family’s needs.

Employing carriers often give applicants to AIT what’s known as a pre-hire letter. In basic terms, it is an agreement to offer a trainee a permanent position within the company once training is satisfactorily completed.

Upon successfully completing any of our programs you will have attained your CDL and be qualified to work as a driver trainee or co-driver. With more extensive training and an externship, you may even be prepared to work in an unsupervised solo driving position. Before you begin your training, it will be clear what sorts of positions you will be prepared to fill upon program completion.

Every single one — gas stations, grocers, retailers, beverage companies, farmers, banks, auto dealerships, hospitals, just to name a few and even things purchased on the internet must be delivered by a truck. The industry has a saying, “If you bought it, a truck brought it.”

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