Michigan Trucking Jobs
Trucking Jobs in Michigan
Michigan is a major producer of automobiles and animal products, as well as the third biggest producer of Christmas trees in the United States. It also produces military equipment, furniture, and mining products, such as copper and iron ore. All these products require transportation to distant parts of the country, and the trucking industry is there to meet these needs. So whatever type of trucking job you desire, it is available in the state of Michigan. Whether you prefer to drive a dedicated route, where you make the same stops and see the same customers each week, or you have an adventurous streak and long to see distant parts of the country that look different, have different weather, different people, and different foods, there is a trucking job in Michigan that will suit you. From local to Over The Road (OTR) long distance hauls, and everything in between, all kinds of truck drivers are needed.
Requirements for Driving in Michigan
You will need to apply at a local Secretary of State office to obtain a CDL permit in the state of Michigan. There you will be asked for proof of identity and legal residence in Michigan, as well as for a valid social security number. You will need to complete an application certifying that you meet driver and medical qualifications. You will need to pass a vision screening test and a test of knowledge. Passing these requirements will allow you to earn a CDL Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP). This will allow you to practice driving under a CDL holder who has the license for the same class of vehicle you wish to drive, Class A, B, or C. You will also need the CDL TIP to take the skills test required to obtain your CDL. The skills test must be taken through an approved third party tester. After you have passed the skills test, you will return to the office of the Secretary of State to pay the appropriate fee and receiving your CDL. Most people who wish to prepare for the CDL do so at one of the many professional driving academies located in various locations throughout the state of Michigan.
Building Your Trucking Career
The Michigan Trucking Association is the group that represents the different members of the trucking industry in matters of safety, welfare, and legislation. Most truck drivers in Michigan belong to the Michigan Trucking Association. The Michigan Center for Truck Safety is another organization that serves the interests of the trucking industry by offering comprehensive safety education programs for members of the industry, including truck drivers and management. Training programs offered by the Center are free of charge, and some of the topics covered have included:
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Qualifications of drivers
- Vehicle inspection and maintenance
- Driver performance enhancement
- Fatigue management
The Center also serves as a resource for general motorists on how to interact safely with trucks as well as general highway safety.
The Benefits of a Trucking Career
The average salary for a truck driver in Michigan is $37,800 a year, slightly less than the $38,700 that is the national average. Of course, some Michigan truck drivers earn much more, depending upon the type of driving they do, and for whom. But this is a salary that enables a very decent lifestyle in Michigan, where costs of living are somewhat lower than in other parts of the country. Also, most companies provide their employees with generous benefits in addition to their salaries, often adding as much as 30% to the actual value of the employee’s wage package. Examples of typical benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, and a retirement plan in the form of a 401k plan. Some employers contribute matching funds to the plan, up to a certain percentage, enabling the funds in your account to grow even faster. Paid vacation increases with years of service and employees may receive paid time off for military service and bereavement. Disability and life insurance plans, paid by the company, are other frequent perks.
Get Started in the Trucking Industry in Michigan
Now is a great time to look into a future as a truck driver in Michigan. Begin by contacting some of the employers listed on the site to check for openings that may be right for you.
View a list of Truck Driving Schools in Michigan to get started on your CDL.