More and more people are interested in CDL jobs in Wisconsin as starting career as well as for a second job after a successful first career. For many people, being out on the road and away from the office environment is a big attraction, but so is the ability to create your own pathway to success.
While not many new drivers will go directly into the role of being an owner/operator, some people choose this option. Others look for CDL jobs in Wisconsin with the established trucking companies to get experience in working in the trucking industry before they consider moving into the owner/operator role.
Anyone interested in CDL jobs in Wisconsin has to have a clear driving record. The CDL or commercial driver license requirements are controlled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or the FMCSA. This is also the organization that sets the number of hours drivers can operate a vehicle as well as all other safety regulations and requirements for trucking companies and truckers.
To be eligible for a CDL a driver must be 18 years of age. However, drivers will have to be 21 if they are going to haul across a state line or to drive vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
Additionally, the applicant cannot have specific types of traffic violations, such as a DWI or DUI, or refusing a test because of suspected alcohol or drug use. Specific felonies can also be held against anyone applying for a CDL.
Today, virtually all new drivers will go through a trucking school before obtaining their CDL and landing a job. Not all trucking schools are the same, so it is important to choose a reputable, recognized school.
Many trucking companies will pay your tuition, but then you will drive for them for a set period of time or pay back the tuition. Other companies may offer tuition reimbursement when you hire on.
Close to Home or Over the Road
There are many different types of trucking jobs and opportunities. Both over the road and short haul routes are available with the larger fleets and companies, and you can always try them both to see which one suits you the most.
Some trucking jobs may require specific skill sets. Taking the training and becoming certified for these types of jobs, including tankers, double trailers or HAZMAT certifications can all be additional considerations for finding a great paying driving job.