If you would like to become a truck driver in Oklahoma, you will need to choose a school first.
This state has 16 schools you can look into and find the best option.
Read on for the job requirements and industry tips!
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Oklahoma Training Schools
One thing to keep in mind when deciding what school you will attend is the class size.
Small class sizes give you the chance to have your questions answered easier, and get more personalized training with your instructor.
Furthermore, you could also benefit from increased driving hours.
Luckily, the average class in this state has only 11 students.
The Oklahoma schools with small class sizes are Altus Area Truck Driver Training, Cado Kiowa Technology Center, and Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
Another aspect you need to pay attention to is the tuition fee.
If you need your expenses to be covered, check out the schools that provide scholarships.
One of the scholarships is the Martin Zemler Automotive Scholarship, which will help you financially to complete your training.
|American Truck Training||3200 Aluma Valley Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73121|
|American TDS||3501 SW Sheridan Rd, Lawton, OK 73505, USA|
|Arbuckle Truck Driving School||15167 Old US Hwy 70, Ardmore, OK 73401, USA|
|Caddo Kiowa Technology Center||1415 7th St, Fort Cobb, OK 73038|
|CDL University||2120 South Prospect Avenue Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129|
|Central Tech Driving School||1720 S Main St, Sapulpa, OK 74066, USA|
|Central Tech Truck Driver Training||3 CT Circle, Drumright, OK 74030|
|Indian Capital Technology Center - Sallisaw||401 Houser Rd, Sallisaw, OK 74955, USA|
|OSU Professional Truck Driver Training||OSU-OKC Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness 3501 W. Reno Oklahoma City, OK 73107|
|Pontotoc Technology Center||601 West 33rd Street Ada, OK 74820|
|Redlands Community College||1300 S Country Club Rd, El Reno, OK 73036, USA|
|Roadmaster Drivers – Tulsa, OK||2215 N Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74115, USA|
|Tulsa Tech||Broken Arrow Campus 4000 W. Florence Broken Arrow, OK 74011-1740|
|Western Technology Center - Truck Driver Training||Burns Flat Campus 621 Sooner Drive, Burns Flat, OK 73624|
Make sure to look for a training program that you can attend time-wise.
Most of the commercial driver programs are short and last for 6 to 8 weeks at most.
Finishing one of these will help you get a Class A license, which is the most common.
If you have enough time and also want to get specialization, a diesel technology program might be what you need.
Gordon Cooper Technology Center provides a one-year diesel technology program at the end of which students get a diploma.
Some schools also offer associate’s degree programs, which typically last for 2 years.
If you already have a job, you can attend evening or weekend classes instead of the conventional ones.
Truck Driver Salaries in Oklahoma
This state allows many job opportunities, and your experience will determine your salary.
Some good places to start your job search are trucking companies, repair shops, and dealerships.
If you are lucky, you can attend a school that offers employment right after the program.
The most known companies in this state are C.R. England, Blueknight Energy Partners, and Gordon Trucking.
O*Net foresees growth of 13% growth in truck driver jobs from 2012 and 2022.
The same source reports a 12% growth for diesel technology jobs.
As a truck driver, expect an average annual income of $41,650, while those at the 10% can expect around $48,263 per year.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
|Location||Avg. Annual Salary|
Regional Salary in Oklahoma
|Region||Employed||Avg. Annual Salary||Avg. Hourly Pay||Top 10% Annual Salary||Bottom 10% Annual Salary|
|Oklahoma City, OK||8,840||$51,300||$24.66||$73,780||$36,490|
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.
There are numerous job opportunities for truck drivers in Oklahoma, with even more to come.
The first step in starting a life on the road is enrolling in a program in order to get licensed.