Minnesota Trucking Jobs

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Trucking Jobs in Minnesota

Agriculture remains a very important industry to the economy of the state of Minnesota. The city of Minneapolis grew up around flour mills, and today the state is the largest US producer of green peas, sweet corn, and sugar beets. Minnesota also has a vibrant lumber industry, and mining is still an important contributor to the health of the economy. The state has an extensive interstate highway system that supports a healthy trucking industry. As a result, every kind of trucking job is available in Minnesota. You may choose from local, regional, or Over The Road (OTR) routes, which differ in length of travel and amount of time you spend on the road for any one haul. Some routes are dedicated, meaning you travel the same route each time, making the same stops, and often interacting with the same customers, enabling you to build professional relationships over time. Other trucking jobs have you vary your route each time you go out. This enables you to experience different people and different places, and can make the job varied and interesting.

Requirements for Driving in Minnesota

You must be 18 years of age or older to get your commercial driver’s license in Minnesota, and 21 or older if you wish to drive across state lines. You will apply for your license in the class of vehicle you wish to drive: Class A, Class B, or Class C, depending upon the vehicle’s weight and other considerations. The first step is to obtain a permit. You will need to show proof of identity and a valid social security card, as well as demonstrate that you have legal status as a resident of Minnesota. You will be required to pass a vision screening test and a knowledge test, and produce a Medical Examiner’s Certificate.  Once you have successfully completed these tasks, you will then be permitted to practice driving the class of vehicle specified in your permit as long as a CDL holder is with you in the vehicle’s cab. The test for the actual CDL will test your skills with the vehicle, and any additional skills for which you are seeking endorsements. You will need to pay the specified fee. Preparation for obtaining a CDL is facilitated by enrolling in a professional trucking school, which will walk you through the steps you have to take and guide you in how to get your learner’s permit and CDL.

Building Your Trucking Career

Since 1932, the Minnesota Trucking Association has been a powerful voice for the trucking industry in the state of Minnesota. The association seeks to support education, advance policy, and generally promote the interests of all constituents of the trucking industry.  In August, 2014, the Minnesota truck driving industry set a new record by transporting a 183 foot concrete beam, weighing more than 100 tons, in a single truck, for a road project near Proctor, MN. A total of six of these beams will be delivered in all. Specialized equipment and a vehicle with 16 axles and 62 wheels, along with the best drivers, are required. Two escort vehicles will accompany the load. The two drivers on the job, Craig Walz and Michael Belanger have a record of almost four million accident-free miles and 63 years of experience behind the wheel. They have both been recipients of the Minnesota Trucking Association Driver of the Month award.

Why Choose a Trucking Career in Minnesota

Thanks to the size of Minnesota’s truck driving industry, many large companies have set up branches in this state. Quite a few companies even have their headquarters here. The variety of trucking companies in Minnesota means that you may have an easier time finding the perfect company for your career.

Building your career in Minnesota means that you may benefit from this state’s competitive salary range. In Minnesota, the average pay rate for a tractor-trailer driver is $41,400 per year (O*Net, 2015).

The majority of Minnesota shipments stay within the state, so this may be a good place to go if you are interested in a local or regional job. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics notes that Minnesota also sends many shipments to Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Metallic ores, cereal grains, petroleum products, and natural sands are some of the main exports of this state.

No matter which stage of your career you are in, the Minnesota Trucking Association may help you make the most of your opportunities. Member benefits include highway safety training, discounted trucking products, and legislative updates

In addition to the excellent salary, companies have to compete for the best drivers, and so they are prepared to offer outstanding benefits packages to their employees. Perks like medical, dental, and vision coverage are standard in the industry, and retirement benefits in the form of 401k plans are typically offered. Some employers match your contributions to the fund, enabling your retirement money to grow at a faster rate. The longer you stay with a company, the more paid vacation you will earn. Other benefits include disability and life insurance policies paid for by the company, and paid leaves for military duty and bereavement.

Find a Trucking Job Today!

There has never been a better time to secure your career by entering the trucking profession! Start by contacting some of the employers listed on this site for information and an application. 

Browse truck driving schools in Minnesota that offer CDL training.

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