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Types of Truck Drivers

There are many different types of driving jobs such as: local driving where you are generally home every night and usually paid hourly; long haul driving where you can be away from home for days and sometimes weeks or even months; line haul driving where you are generally running the same route and usually home every day or every other day.

Earnings

In Oregon, the average wage for a heavy tractor/trailer driver was $47,410 in 2018.

Job Opportunities

According to the Occupational Handbook, 2016-2017 issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the opportunities should be “very good” for persons interested in truck driving. This occupation has among the largest number of job openings each year. Although demand for truck drivers will create thousands of openings, many openings will occur as experienced drivers transfer to other fields of work, retire, or leave the labor force for other reasons.

School Location

Elite Truck School (ETS) is conveniently located in downtown Hillsboro near the MAX line. Our facility consists of a spacious air-conditioned classroom, as well as a practice yard with actual loading docks. Our location offers many types of driving environments. Students gain experience in rural, freeway, and mountain driving. The ETS fleet consists of modern equipment, standard to the industry. Our students practice on late-model Volvo and Freightliner, 3-axle tractors, and 28, 48, and 53-foot van trailers.  An instructor must always be present while this equipment is in use.  Students also have access to Internet and computers for their use during school hours.

Class Schedule 2019

Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

December 31st – January 25th                 June 24th – July 19th

January 28th – February 22nd                July 29th – August 23rd

February 25th – March 22nd                    August 26th – September 20th

April 1st – April 26th                                  September 23rd – October 18th

April 29th – May 24th                                October 21st – November 15th

May 28th* – June 21st                                November 18th – December 13th

*Tuesday start day due to holiday

Holidays Observed 

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

About the Owner

Greg Reisnaur, who is the founder and owner of Elite Truck School (ETS) since 2003, has had a career in the trucking industry that few people in America can surpass. He has had accomplishments in the industry that only a small percentage of people have experienced.

Greg’s career began upon graduation from a Junior College Truck Driving Program in 1983. From there he entered the industry working for small companies as an over the road driver. He gained experience in pulling flatbeds, reefers, vans, and tankers.

In 1986, he was hired by Consolidated Freightways as a city pickup & delivery driver and dockworker. From 1986-1994 he performed various jobs including city driving, dock work, hosteling in the yard, and driving over-the-road, which included sleeper team driving.

In 1994 Greg became a manager for Consolidated Freightways and was an over the road dispatcher and load planner for 2 years. In 1996, Greg became the Dispatch Operations Manager for the Portland facility. His responsibility included managing 130 over the road drivers, and 6-9 dispatchers. His duties included hiring drivers, training of drivers which included safety training, driver compliance, Department of Transportation compliance and, Hazardous Materials compliance. He also oversaw accident investigations, union grievance matters, workers compensation issues, and payroll.

In 2001, Greg was promoted to the Corporate Headquarters as a Systems Operations Manager. His job duties included overseeing the entire company’s day-to-day over-the-road operations. He dealt directly with Corporate Vice Presidents as well as field Vice Presidents. He was directly responsible for freight movement nationwide, as well as driver management on the system level.

Accomplishments

1989 OREGON TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPION

1990 OREGON TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPION

1992 OREGON ROAD TEAM CAPTAIN

1993 AMERICAS ROAD TEAM CAPTAIN

 

The Americas Road Team is a program developed and supported by the American Trucking Associations. The program annually selects about 10 professional truck drivers out of thousands of applicants nationally to promote the trucking industry. In choosing Road Team Captains, they look for candidates that promote a professional image, have full knowledge and understanding of the industry, possess a passion for safety, have a superior safety record, and can speak and educate all sectors of the public. Road Team functions include participating in newspaper interviews, radio talk shows, television interviews, as well as speaking at community and company functions, events, and meetings.

 

The Oregon Road Team program is identical to the Americas Road Team except it is on a state level as opposed to a national level.

 

Why Choose Elite Truck School?

Elite Truck School has many unique features that set it apart from most other truck schools. These unique features were built into the program with one thing in mind, to provide the best training possible for drivers entering the truck driving profession.

 

SMALL ANNUAL ENROLLMENT

Elite Truck School has one location which allows us to get to know every student that attends our school

SMALL CLASS SIZE

Elite Truck School’s classes are limited in order to give students the best education possible.

YARD TRAINING

Elite Truck School’s yard training is done at a location that has an actual loading dock. Dock practice is important since most of you will back up to a dock when you become employed.

QUALITY INSTRUCTION

At Elite Truck School, our long-term instructors have a wide range of trucking backgrounds.  This, along with their accomplishments in the industry, makes them an ideal resource for individuals entering the truck driving profession.

We feel certain that, by keeping our program small and personalized, we can better serve our students’ needs. It is our goal to give each student the best training possible, so they may have long and rewarding careers as professional truck drivers.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING TIME

At Elite Truck School, if you do not pass your skills test on your first attempt, we will offer you additional training time and use of our equipment for your second skills test.

 

 

 

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