I have read a lot of reports about MTC truck driving school in Hazelwood Mo, some were unbelievable and some had a lot of truth to them. Here is the truth from my eyes, on the day of graduation.
They lie. End of story. They will tell you that you are pre hired, that they will not bring you out to Mo. without a job waiting upon completion. It is a lie. Plain and simple. They will bring you out and in your second week, you will fill out a application for the carrier. Some will get picked up and some won't. No one is "pre hired."
But the truth of the matter is, when you get your CDL, you will have no problem getting a job really.
The instructors. 1st week.
Gary. Gruff guy. Hollers a lot, but the truth of the matter is, he deals with a lot of dumb asses. Really. If you listen, and do what he says, you will learn everything you need to get your CDL in the week you spend with him. If your a dumb a*s and treat him with disrespect, you will have an issue.
Week 2. Yard-road. I was on the night shift, so these are the ones I know, so here they are.
Cool dude, and a very good truck driver. He is patient and kinda funny, and I never seen him lose his cool. And I seen a bunch of dumbasses in the trucks with him.
Kinda like Paul. Good instructor. Patient, funny, and will teach you how to drive if you wanna learn.
Nice man. Kinda scatter-brained, but nice. He will teach you a lot of the things about getting you ready to test and the things you DON'T wanna do at the test. He was good.
Those are the guys I was with driving the Tractor. The others seemed nice but I can't say.
The yard guys. We had 2 and some times 3. Lee. Tony. And the night boss. Wanna say Mike, but can't be sure.
Lee. Not to patient, but he KNOWS those maneuvers. I wanted to learn. I needed to and just kept asking questions. He showed me things about the 90 and the offset that made them easy. Really easy. I in turn tried to show them to some of the people that he didn't either give that info to or didn't get it. Some got it and some didn't.
Tony. Didn't learn a thing from him. Not a bad guy, but didn't learn anything from him, at all.
The night boss. He saw, and I am sure that some of the instructors told him I was motivated, and he got me in to the DMV on my last day, just like I was hoping for. He tested me on the yard, I passed and get to go to the DMV tomorrow.
As some of the others have said, I have experience driving trucks. Mostly box trucks but a lot of it transfered over. I also knew how to drive a manual transmission, and I got online and studied the double clutching technique BEFORE I came here. I was prepared.
The food. Unedible. Bring money so you can buy your own, or you will be one of the people that get sick from eating it.
The "lunch lady". Her name is Alice I think. She is not very happy sometimes. They work her like a mule. But I talked to her, and treated her with respect and after the first week, she was very nice to me, wished me well with the test tomorrow, and shook my hand and said goodbye. I like her.
I stayed in a extended stay hotel called homestead. It's not the Ritz, but is okay. Bunked with another guy, and it was ok.
That is about all the people I can think of that I dealt with there. Here is my take on the school
It was intense. Not 3 weeks like they said, but 16 days straight, 10.5 hour days. I was there in March and it was fn cold, wet, snow and sleet, and I was out in it a lot. Walking back and forth watching people that cannot even back up a trailer, people that wouldn't listen to the instructors, people that wouldn't study. These are the people, while I was there, that were staying 4-6 weeks. But the school kept them on, as long as they showed improvement. UN-BELIEVABLE if you ask me. Some people just shouldn't be truckers. And MTC kept some people on that really have no business being there in the first place.
If you don't know how to drive a stick shift tranny, don't come here. Period. Or learn how to before you come. If you wanna be a truck driver, you need to know how to drive a manual transmission.
If you are the type of person that can and will learn on your own, take the time to study what you are learning and find out what is next and study that, and you are mentally and physically tough, this is the place for you. You should get your CDL in a little more than 2 weeks and be on your way to earning some cash and have a steady job.
If you are a dumbass, you shouldn't be behind the wheel of a 20 ton truck anyway. If you cannot follow direction, or are the class clown, MTC isn't the place for you. Everyone I spoke to, it was yes sir yes ma'am, no sir no ma'am. As a truck driving student, these people, these instructors hold the keys to your future. END OF STORY. That is what you are signing up for, and they know it. Treat them with respect, and they will make sure you are ready. If you don't, they won't.
I test tomorrow, and I hope I pass. Although the MTC experience has been a positive one, I am ready to get home and find a job, as I doubt I will leave here with one.
Last thing, and I touched on this before.
If you are not tough. Mentally, and physically, don't come here. This is an intense training program. You are going to spend days on your feet. Walk up and down those stairs 10 times a day. Gonna get wet, cold, mad, gonna get messed with and on and on. If you want your CDL and have the audacity to do whatever you need to to get it? This place will get you ready. If you need to be coddled and pampered and encouraged and helped every second, you will fail here. MTC is tough. Period.
In a sentence, it is what you make of it. There are plenty of people that I would tell not to come here, but unfortunately, I know a lot of dumb asses.
That's the truth about MTC and I don't work there, and don't care if they like it or don't because it is the truth.
Do with it what you will.