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Logistics & Transportation:

Logistics and Transportation jobs can be on the logistics side, which involves planning and tracking the travel of goods from one location to another, or the transportation side. Truck drivers provide an essential service to industrialized societies by transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail and distribution centers. Truck drivers are also responsible for inspecting their vehicles for mechanical items or issues relating to safe operation. Others, such as driver/sales workers, are also responsible for sales and customer service.


Local Professional Profile: $18-$22/hour (average entry level wage)

MIKE WALSH - Over-the-Road Truck Driver for Northern Logistics Worldwide

MIKE WALSH – Over-the-Road Truck Driver for Northern Logistics Worldwide

“My advice to any high schooler who isn’t sure what they want to do is to consider truck driving as a very good option if you are not interested in joining the military or going to a four-year college. Get your Certified Driver’s License, go to a truck-driving school, and get paid to go see the country. It’s a great way to figure out what you really want to do and make good money. As a truck driver, you can always find a job because truck drivers are in demand.”

  • DAILY TASKS
    – Pick up and deliver loads all over the country
    – Transport finished goods and raw materials between facilities
      A typical day as a truck driver:
    – Deliver a load first thing in the morning
    – Re-load at the base facility
    – Deliver anywhere in the country
  • CAREER JOURNEY
    – Began driving over-the-road full-time in 2010 for another company
    – Got absorbed with a buyout performed by Northern Logistics
    – Purchased his own truck for professional use
    – Became an Owner-Operator within Northern Logistics

Local Student Profile:

RYAN WIMMER - Driver / Dispatcher for Northern Logistics Worldwide Baker College of Cadillac - Certicate of Truck Driving (PTDI Certied)

RYAN WIMMER – Driver / Dispatcher for Northern Logistics Worldwide
Baker College of Cadillac – Certificate of Truck Driving (PTDI Certified)

“I went through a twenty-week course from Baker College in Cadillac, and that prepared me for driving quite well. It’s a lot better than the six-week courses out there. We started in the
classroom two nights a week, and we learned a lot before they even put us into a truck, We were on the range for a certain number of hours, and the final step was to go out on
the road for four to six hours at a time. We put a lot of hours in at the range and out on the road – it was great, loved it.”

  • THINGS YOU’LL LEARN
    – Overviews of the industry
    – How to drive heavy trucks, including at night, in hazardous conditions, traffic scenarios, in different areas of the country
    – What qualifications and procedures you need to drive
    – How to find employment opportunities and plan a career
    – Skid control/recovery, hazard perception, accident procedures
    – Space management, how to handle cargo
  • POST GRADUATE PREPARATION
    TIP: Most major trucking companies will pay for your tuition – meaning you’ll never have to pay for the education you receive – if you sign a contract with them agreeing to drive for the company for at least one year after graduating. Truck drivers make $35,000 – $45,000 in their first year after graduation, and demand for drivers is at an all-time high

Truck Driving Programs in the Area:

Truck Driving – CD – North Central Michigan College

Truck Driver (PTDI Certified) – (C) – Baker College – Cadillac


CD – Certificate of Development
C – Certificate


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Printable Profiles

Driver-Walsh

Driver-Walsh

Student Driver - Wimmer

Student Driver – Wimmer

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