At Linamar Transportation, we understand the importance of ensuring our new graduate hires are competent and capable of performing the job. Our new graduate training program has been designed to “bridge” an individual’s transition from a training school environment into a proficient, safe, and successful professional transport driver for Linamar Transportation.
We have developed a program which consists of 8 weeks in-cab practical training. The first 6 weeks of training will be within Southern Ontario, particularly within the Guelph area – this portion of the training is designed to practice basic backing and maneuvering skills in order to build confidence and skill in handling the equipment. Trainees will return to the terminal daily at the end of each shift. The last 2 weeks of the program consist of over the road cross border runs into Michigan and Ohio and focuses on all the other aspects of the job from trip planning, fueling, load security, hours of service, etc. When training over the road, if unable to make it back to the terminal, the company will pay for hotel rooms in order that both the trainee and trainer can have privacy and proper rest.
Trainers at Linamar Transportation are full time, experienced drivers who are certified mentors. They provide regular feedback, tips and tricks to coach their trainees to successful completion of the program.
Trainees must meet specific criteria to be admitted into the training program at Linamar Transportation. Our primary focus is to hire individuals who are the best fit for the company and who would realize personal and business success. We are looking for individuals who will not only launch their career at Linamar Transportation but who feel the same loyalty and passion that is instilled in our company culture.
And when they graduate, our drivers typically work five to six days a week or a maximum of 70 hours (whatever comes first), followed by a guaranteed minimum of 36 hours off at home. Our operating area includes Ontario and the mid-central USA. Running a maximum of 2 days out at a time, our dispatch system allows our trucks to maximize available hours while reducing unproductive time. Our goal is for our experienced drivers to achieve a gross pay of $65,000 annually.
Linamar provides top quality equipment which consists of late model Freightliner Cascadia leased from Penske on a full maintenance lease program. Their comprehensive maintenance network gives our drivers peace of mind knowing that if there is a mechanical issue on the road, they will be looked after in a professional and timely manner. We train our drivers on a 10 or 13 speed transmission and trainees are assigned a dedicated tractor once they successfully complete the training program.
Linamar Transportation is a for-hire carrier servicing primarily our own manufacturing plants. We were named one of Canada’s Top Fleet Employers 3 years running and Top Medium Fleet overall in 2016. Our freight is no-touch and no driver assist. We have an exceptional safety rating and are running 100% elogs. There are so many more great things about working for Linamar that we’d love to tell you about.
For more information about our New Graduate Training Program, give us a call at 1-800-463-5862 extension 35207 or go to our website www.linamar.com
Ask any of our drivers about Linamar and our training program, we think you will find we are one of the industry’s best kept secrets.