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  • Submitted: Mon, March 18, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, March 23, 2013

  • Reported By: JC — St. Petersburg Florida
MTC Truck driving school
12000-Missouri Bottom Rd Hazelwood, Missouri United States of America

MTC Truck driving school Hazelwood Mo. The Real truth about MTC in Hazelwood Mo. Hazelwood , Missouri

*Consumer Comment: welcome to 3rd party testing HOPE YOU ALL FEEL SAFE

*Author of original report: The truth continued.........

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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.

The recruiters.

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 ass 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.

Paul.

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.

Mark.

Kinda like Paul. Good instructor. Patient, funny, and will teach you how to drive if you wanna learn.

Pop.

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.

The housing.

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.

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#1 Consumer Comment

welcome to 3rd party testing HOPE YOU ALL FEEL SAFE

AUTHOR: Bsmjuem - ()

if you show up and can shift gears you can get a CDL hope you all feel safe. 3RD party testing gives the trucking industry a non government official the right to grant a person a CDL based on their observations in a given test. Who pays this non official CDL TESTER........ THE BIG TRUCKING COMPANIES LIKE werner crst......... THIS WAY THESE COMPANIES CAN FILL THE DRIVING SEATS OF TRACTORS THEY OWN. Because after a nearly 92% turn over rate after a year, drivers quit their  intial year to find work elsewhere......
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The truth continued.........

AUTHOR: JC - ()

My day at the DMV was as tough as MTC was. Got up at 2AM to drive 3+ hours to the CDL place across the state. Took the test in a truck that I, and the other students had never driven, and of the 4 students that went, I got called last, so I sat for almost 6 hours, after a 4 hour drive, on no sleep, until I got to take my test. While everyone else got only 1 or 2 parts of the pre trip, I drew the whole truck.

While I was doing the pre-trip and inspecting the alternator, I touched one of the wires and it came off the alternator. The end was corroded and when I touched the wire, it just came off. So I really got rattled thinking that I would be able to take my pre-trip and yard tests and I would have to return next week or something.

Now know this. I am not mechanically inclined. I know nothing about fixing things. But the instructor, yes our instructor, the guys who all the other people slamming MTC on ROR are complaining about, walked over to the store, bought some tools with $$ out of his own pocket, and spent about 45 minutes jury rigging the wire in the cold, so I could take my tests. And he fixed it. Thanks again Mark. That was really cool of you to do.

I finished my pre trip and Air brakes with an excellent score. I did my maneuvers, a straight line back, and off set back, and a blind side parallel, and I did them flawlessly. I went to the road test, and I was beat tired, I missed a couple signs, grinded a couple gears and I passed, and got my CDL in 16 days of attending MTC.

I went back and thanked Mark and Paul and Lee for all their help. Thanked Joe (the night boss) for pushing me along and backing me up. Missed Gary, (I'll see him tomorrow), and went to the office to speak with the ladies and found out that for sure, Werner won't hire me, so I got no job.

Sandy, the lady that more than a few people complained about here, while she had waited for me for 30-45 minutes to arrive (on her last day working with the company) Stayed an extra 30 minutes off the clock, on her last day, and got me like 5 pamplets to fill out and return tomorrow for companies that she thinks will hire me. Asked me to fill them out and return them to the lady that is taking her job, Deborah.

She didn't have to do any of that. She didn't even have to wait on me. It was her LAST day, and she was off the clock, and she took the time to try to help me get a job, and I appreciate it. I haven't spent too much time with her, and she didn't have to do that, but she did. If the tables were turned, and it was me, on my last day, staying late at the job I quit, off the clock, I really might not have stayed. She did. She isn't the evil person a lot of the people in the other ROR's made her out to be.

Oh, and of the 4 guys that went to the CDL with me, all from my class, all on their 16th day, 3 of us got the CDL A. The other kid just choked the parallel, plain and simple and didn't do what he was taught. Had he either not choked, or had 2 more minutes, he would have came away with his licence too. He will pass next time.

So, here we are at the end of a journey, and the whole truth about MTC.

If you are a dumba**, a clown, a wuss or you don't know how to shift a manual transmission, you probably should not come to Hazelwood to attend MTC, without expecting to be here 4-6 weeks,or more, and you still might not get it. Some people just shouldn't be truck drivers.

If you are tough, motivated, willing to work and study, and come prepared and willing to do whatever it takes to get the CDL and you need the CDL, you should be on the next thing smoking to get here.

And lastly, and I am going to add this, and it probably won't make me popular with the class action suit people above and some of the other complainers, but the very worst thing about MTC, really, the worst thing, was having to deal with them. Having them in the way. Having them taking away time from people that really wanted to learn.

Watching them hide up stairs and find reasons not to come to school, or being in the yard, doing maneuvers, and looking like a monkey trying to screw a football. These people were the worst thing about MTC, not the instructors, or even the crappy food, but trying to get yourself ready with a lot of people that had no business being there in the first place, in your way.

But....... MTC is a for profit school, and they are making money of the dumba**es the same way they made $$$ off me, so I understood. I wished they weren't there, but I understood.

So there you are once again. The whole truth about MTC. A lot of it isn't pretty, but they got the job done for me, and everyone that I saw, that wanted to get in and out of there, and they had the patience to TRY to help a lot of dumba**es.

So come if you dare, but you better be ready for it, because it is intense.

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