Driver Careers and training classes – heavy haul school.
Ever considered heavy haul or oversize truck driver training school?
For Oregon classes please see information at bottom.
Heavy haul & oversize truck driver training school.
If you are looking for a career in the heavy haul industry you will need to go to at minimum a truck driver training school for truck drivers. In this school you are going to want to learn how to pull a flatbed or step-deck trailer if you can but any trailer will work. Then you are going to have to get placed with a trucking company and get hours behind the wheel with your first trailer option being a flatbed trailer. If you can’t find a trucking company that will put you on a flatbed or step-deck trailer from the get go do not get discouraged as you can eventually migrate yourself to a company that will hire you as a flatbed or step-deck driver once you have the dry box or refrigerated trailer time under your belt. When working with a flatbed or a step-deck you will be required to do extra duty that includes but not limited to:
- Chaining down shipments so they do not come off of the trailer while in transit.
- Tarping and strapping down tarps for the shipment so they are not exposed to the elements.
- Possibly waiting longer on back hauls depending on what geographic location you are sent to.
- Dealing with longer loading times while on the job.
This stuff is all part of the game while working your way up the ladder. If is very physical as tarps weigh hundreds of pounds and require that you climb all over your shipment. Chains are heavy too which will have to be used most of the time on shipments you are moving and will be used even more in heavy haul trucking. So you want to make sure you are a physically fit person and capable of scaling a load with your body and securing it.
For the biggest of the biggest in heavy haul.
Richard L. Krabbendam is a world class leader and “heavy lift specialist” focusing primarily on super heavy transport with a specialized interest in Hydraulic Platform trailers. He conducts classes and seminars globally. He is currently teaching “Best Practices in Handling Heavy Lifts Safely”. You can view his schedule as well as watch videos and obtain more information by visiting HeavyLiftSpecialists.com.
A career in heavy haul and oversize moving can go in many directions.
We truly wish that we could say that we are your source for heavy haul truck driver training school but the fact of the matter is we haven’t ever heard of one. Heavy haul and oversize trucking is something that is learned one step at a time. You simply have to spend time behind the wheel of a semi tractor with a trailer to get used to the turn radius of pulling a trailer that long first. Once you have done that, then you will be ready to pull something like a wide load. A 10′ wide load would be a good size to start with and work your way up a little wider as you go. Possibly look for a local job pulling mobile homes to start you off. Then working with a heavy haul load around 80,000 lbs would be good like moving heavy equipment for a local heavy equipment company. These are the kinds of jobs that you need to get under your belt in order to qualify for a serious job in the heavy haul trucking industry. Think about some of the heavy generator moves or pictures you’ve seen. It takes a lot of wheels and a lot of axles to support something that is even just 150,000 pounds which means the trailer is long, long, long. This means your turn radius is going to be way different that a regular 48′ dry box, refrigerated trailer or even a flat or a step. So if you are in a hurry to get behind the wheel of a heavy haul or oversize load you need to pipe down because it’s going to take some time. Time on the job, behind the wheel and on the road. Also, consider all of the regulations, bridge formula, frost laws, pilot cars, travel times. There is a lot to it.
This information is not to discourage you from becoming a driver in this industry. It’s merely telling you the way it is. Check with the standard truck driving schools and ask them if they have a special division for driver that want oversize, overweight, wide load or heavy haul truck driver training. Ask them if they have a equipment hauling division in their school. Ask them what sort of programs they have that might be able to help facilitate you getting on the right track for a career in heavy haul and oversize load trucking. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask. Try are few of the ads below and give them a phone call.
Best wishes to you on your career path to become a OD or HH truck driver – if you like to drive and you want a challenge there’s a pretty good chance this is for you.
We are considering a heavy haul and oversize driver class. This class will be conducted when the roster fills up. We will need a minimum of 12 students to conduct a class. The maximum class size will be 20 students. More information here.