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Truck Driver Training - Big Rigs

With the energy industry booming, semi-truck drivers are in higher demand than ever; and, Central Tech in Drumright is training new drivers to help meet the need.
Truck Driver Training - Big Rigs

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Show 1204: Truck Driver Training - Big Rigs

Air date: January 22, 2012

 

Transcript

ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL WHILE PIPELINES MAY MOVE OUR OIL AND GAS AROUND THE NATION, IT IS THE BIG RIGS THAT MOVE THE EQUIPMENT THAT KEEPS THE INDUSTRY GOING.  AND THAT IS WHERE OUR ANDY BARTH PICKS UP THE STORY.

ANDY BARTH:  THAT’S RIGHT ROB, AND NEVER BEFORE IN RECENT HISTORY HAS THERE BEEN SUCH A DEMAND FOR TRUCK DRIVERS.  AND WITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY BOOMING, THE DEMAND FOR TRUCK DRIVERS IS SKYROCKETING, AND PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO TECH SCHOOLS FOR THE ANSWER.

IT’S CLASSES LIKE THIS THAT’S BECOMING THE NORM; GROWN ADULTS LEARNING A NEW TRADE AND STARTING A NEW CAREER.

TIM COUNCIL:  I WAS CONTACTED BY A RECRUITER THAT I KNEW FROM COLLEGE. SHE CONTACTED ME, ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO BECOME A PART OF THE CHESAPEAKE TEAM,AND  I SAID, WHEN DO I START?

ANDY:  TIM COUNCIL IS A STUDENT AT CENTRAL TECH’S TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAM, AND SAYS BIG RIGS ARE A LOT DIFFERENT THAN THE STANDARD VEHICLE.

TIM:  THE DISTANCE IN BETWEEN VEHICLES, THE TRACKING AND TRAILING, THE BRAKING SYSTEM, MANEUVERING, IT’S ALL JUST WAY DIFFERENT THAN BACKING UP A HORSE TRAILER.

ANDY:  IT’S A VEHICLE NOT MANY CAN DRIVE, BUT THIS SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS CAN’T GO ON MUCH LONGER.  CENTRAL TECH’S DIRECTOR OF TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING, ROBERT MCCLANAHAN.

ROBERT MCCLANAHAN:  TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER, IT’S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT THEY GO THROUGH SOME TYPE OF FORMAL TRAINING TO GET THE BASICS AND LEARN, YOU KNOW, THE INDUSTRY, LEARN THE EQUIPMENT, AND LEARN ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY AND THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS.

ANDY:  REGULATIONS THAT DRAW IN BIG COMPANIES LIKE CHESAPEAKE TO THEIR PROGRAM.

ROBERT:  CHESAPEAKE APPROACHED US, TELLING US ABOUT THEIR NEED FOR QUALIFIED DRIVERS; AND WE, AFTER VISITING WITH THEM, WE INTRODUCED OUR PROGRAM TO THEM AND THEY THOUGHT THIS WAS THE TYPE OF PROGRAM THAT THEY NEEDED TO GET PEOPLE STARTED IN THE INDUSTRY.

ANDY:  AND TO GET STARTED STUDENTS LEARN ON OVER 45 ACRES OF OBSTACLE COURSES.

ROBERT:  WE’VE GOT OVER THREE MILES OF PAVED DRIVING RANGE THAT EACH PART OF THE RANGE IS SET UP FOR DIFFERENT SPECIFIC TYPES OF TRAINING.  BUT YEAH, WE HAVE A LARGE FACILITY; IN FACT, WE HAVE ONE OF THE LARGEST FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

ANDY:  ROUNDING THE CORNER TO A NEW FUTURE.

NOW CENTRAL TECH HAS A 98% PLACEMENT RATE, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR THEIR STUDENTS, BECAUSE THE DEMAND FOR TRUCK DRIVERS IN OKLAHOMA IS NOW AROUND 1,200 JOBS.

ROB:  SO AFTER THE STUDENTS COMPLETE THEIR TRAINING, HOW MUCH CAN THEY EXPECT TO EARN?

ANDY:  WELL ROB, SALARY IS GOING TO DEPEND ON TERRITORY AND EXPERIENCE, BUT STUDENTS CAN EARN ANYWHERE FROM 50,000 TO 90,000 DOLLARS ANNUALLY.

ROB:  YEAH, AND EXACTLY HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ‘EM TO DO THEIR CLASSWORK?

ANDY:  WELL ROB, STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE IN CLASS FOR 23 DAYS AND THEY WILL LOG MORE THAN 50 HOURS OF DRIVING TIME.

ROB:  WELL NOT A BAD INVESTMENT FOR WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A REALLY GOOD CAREER.  THANK YOU SO MUCH ANDY.

ANDY:  YOU’RE WELCOME ROB.