Earn a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and the highways are virtually yours – you just need the wheels to get you moving. Spring is on the way and as the nation starts to pick up from the recent economic slump, career opportunities in heavy earthmoving equipment, crane operations and truck driving are going to blossom.
Truck driving will be one area where you may see a considerable jump in demand. The demand for domestic consumables will increase and they will mean more trucks on the roads – if they can get the drivers. The problem is, we are spending billions on projects that will also place a high demand on truck drivers.
Building materials is one area where demand will skyrocket. However, more road and bridge construction means more heavy equipment on the road – and that requires the services of truck drivers – lots of them too. The answer in the short term is to ensure that heavy equipment operators have also got their Class A CDL – they can then transport their own equipment.
Having said that, heavy equipment flatbed trailers are not cheap and many businesses don’t have the resources to have a trailer sitting on the side of a project waiting for the job to be finished. In a lot of cases, the truck and trailer is forced to offload the equipment and then go back for the next load.
The long term answer is to train new truck drivers who are fit and ready to take on the demanding yet exciting job of a truck driver. If you have ever considered a career as a truck driver and the idea appealed to you – check out what truck driver training options are available for you. When industry calls for more truck drivers with their Class A commercial drivers license, will you be ready?