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Welcome To The World Of Trucking
Nothing compares to life on the open road. There's unmatched freedom when you get out from behind a desk and get your career in gear. Your job is constantly in motion, taking you to new places and introducing you to new people every day.
Last year alone Martin Bros. Distributing drove a total of 8.2 million miles and made 203,000 deliveries. At Martin Bros., we have built a strong and enviable reputation for providing superior distribution services throughout Iowa and the surrounding seven states. Our commitment to providing unsurpassed customer service continues as we work to meet the ever-increasing demands on the distribution industry.
A career in trucking provides you with great opportunities. Whether you are just out of school or looking for a change in your career, this could be the perfect job for you. And here's some great news: even if you don't have any experience, Martin Bros. can help get your career moving as a truck driver!
Get Your Career In Gear... CDL Training Is Available
With the steady growth of Martin Bros., drivers are needed and training is available. Martin Bros. has partnered with Hawkeye Community College to customize a training program and fully equip those enrolled with everything they need to obtain their Commercial Driver's License in as few as six weeks. Upon completion of the program, drivers will join the Martin Bros. family and begin their career. Here's the best part: Martin Bros. pays for the program costs as well as a wage while individuals are in training!
Hawkeye's training and testing includes:
- Truck Simulators
- Safety Training
- Basic Trucking Maneuvers
- Driver Rules & Regulations
- Defensive Driving/Technical Skill
This program is approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Motor Truck Association, and the Iowa Job Training Program.
Get a first-hand glimpse of the Driver in Training program in action at Hawkeye Community College as a student uses the skills he has learned so far in their simulator:
If you're looking for a truck driving job, and would like to work for a company that has excellent employee benefits and some of the best driver compensation packages in the trucking industry, then look no further than Martin Bros! Apply today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are truck drivers ever home?
YES! The amount of time that Martin Bros. drivers can expect to have at home varies from route to route. However, most drivers are home every evening and on weekends.
Currently, the Department of Transportation regulates that truck drivers can log a maximum of 11 hours of driving after 10 consecutive off-duty hours. Of the 10 hours off-duty hours, 8 must be spent sleeping while the other 2 hours can be spent eating, showering, or some other activity. After taking an extended home time of one or more days, a driver is not allowed to drive more than 14 continuous hours in the following day.
The DOT also regulates how much time a driver must take off in between hauls. For example, a driver must take at least 34 hours off between a 7 or 8 day on-duty period. He also cannot drive more than 60 (7) or 70 (8) hours during that one-week period. These rules are designed to keep everyone on the road safe and are strictly enforced.
In this economy, is truck driving a good career choice?
ABSOLUTELY. Trucking is one of the most stable, high-demand industries in the country. Nearly every product or service in America benefits from trucking, so there is always a constant demand for truck drivers in every area and every sector of the economy. Truck driving is also a highly paid profession that allows you to provide a higher standard of living for your family and offers great benefits, including medical and dental insurance, paid vacations, and compensation incentives. Driving a truck also gives people the opportunity to travel the country and see new places while getting paid to do it. Many people enjoy the lifestyle freedom that truck driving offers, while others simply love the great pay and the unmatched job security it offers. No matter what the reason is, truck driving is a good choice for anyone who's looking to make a positive career change in his or her life.
Is there a driver shortage?
YES. The economy is rebounding and companies like Martin Bros. are in need of drivers. There has never been a better time to get into the trucking industry. Trucking will always be in demand - it is a great paying job that cannot be outsourced overseas.
Is experience needed to drive for Martin Bros.?
NO. With Martin Bros. paid truck driving school administered through Hawkeye Community College, you can start on the road to success with no prior driving experience! And furthermore, you're learning from industry experts. With this program, drivers can obtain a CDL in as little as 6 weeks and will receive a solid paycheck immediately. The average first year driver can make over $40,000 with benefits.
Best of all, there is no cost if you stay for ten months! Here's how it works: You apply to work for Martin Bros. Once you complete the hiring process, you begin your apprenticeship without a CDL. Martin Bros. Driver Training Program takes you through the following
- Pre-screen with staff at Martin Bros. to determine which training program will best fit your need
- Attend classes at Hawkeye Community College to learn and obtain your CDL
- Begin team training with Martin Bros. drivers until you become eligible independently run a Martin Bros. truck.