The year 2012 started out normal, but in February things changed, I got laid off, after 32 years as a draftsman technician I was unemployed. I searched for a whole year for a decent job, but could not find anything suitable.
My wife suggested I look into trucking, this seemed like the only area that was actively hiring, and her father was
a trucker for over 30 years with CN, so I did.
I went to the trucking show at the coliseum in June 2013, and decided to apply for truck driving school. I called GW Driver Training (now called College Trans-Canada College), and they gave me all the info I needed to enroll.
After getting all the tests and paper worked filled in, I enrolled and got accepted.
I started the 12 week course on July 22nd . I quickly found out that the course would be a fun, I had great classmates, and the instructors were really friendly and helpful. Dave Mcintyre was our classroom instructor, I looked forward to class every day. Donna and Gerry were our driving instructors as well as Dave. My 8 weeks flew by very fast.
I enjoyed driving around with the instructors, they were supportive and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed backing up, practicing in the field every chance I got. My father in law always said “If you can’t back up an 18 wheeler, you should not drive one forward”, so I practiced, I had never backed anything up with a trailer before, especially with a 53 foot trailer. Double clutch shifting was an experience. My up shifting was ok, but down shifting I was struggling with.
Dave offered a full morning of one on one with me, and I soon learned what I was doing wrong, I now had it right.
After the 8 weeks in class I applied at Midland with Yvon Maillet for my 4 weeks on the job internship. The 4 weeks went by fast, and I soon was done. I graduated from the school, and got hired by Midland right away. I now have been with Midland since October 2013 on the Michelin run, running team with my coach Bill Spencer. I really enjoy the experience.
I think College Trans-Canada College is one of the best schools, I learned so much, they helped me start a new career, I could not have done it without the help of Dave, Donna, Gerry and Eric. I highly recommend the school, without hesitation…period.
Thanks you for what you have done for me, I will keep in touch. Cheers and see you on the road.