|TRAINCO® Truck Driving School Students & Alumni
James Kiffel Jr.
Al Peake & Sons
James, when did you go through Trainco Truck Driving Schools?
June 6 to June 30, 2011 day class. I went through the program at the same time as my cousin, Robert Stanton.
How long were you unemployed prior to Trainco?
Five months! I was at Young Chemical Company as an assistant manager of the warehouse shipping and receiving.
After graduating from Trainco, how long were you unemployed?
I had employment by July 15. I went to work for Al Peake & Sons. (He laughs.) And daughters!
My first driving assignment was a delivery route around town. I delivered in Toledo and was home every night. I drive both “A” and “B” vehicles. I got the chance when another driver decided to leave because he was rolling in from Norwalk.
Did you drive in a familiar vehicle?
No, I drove to Cleveland in a 13-speed, which I’d never operated before. The company needed me to pick up a load and bring it back the same night. Earlier, I’d trained in 8’s, 9’s and super 10’s. It wasn’t that big of a chance. I said, “Let me drive it around a little and get used to it” … then took it to Cleveland.
What advice do you have for our newbie students?
I have good advice: ask the teachers to show you how to set up those sliding tandems. If you don’t have experience, it’s not easy to do!
Ed Beatty, a recent graduate of the Norwalk/Milan Campus of Trainco Truck Driving Schools, stopped by to show us his new TMC truck that even has his name on the door!
Ed graduated on June 30, 2011 and went to work for TMC on 7/5/2011. When asked if he was well-prepared for a company orientation and training after going through the Trainco program, he said "yes." He really likes his job and seems very happy. He says that even though flat bed freight is hard work, he likes it because he is not sitting for hours on end. Mac, Ed's instructor at the Norwalk/Milan Campus told Ed that the first time he saw the Rocky Mountains, it would take his breath away. Ed recently got to see what Mac meant and called him to tell him he was right.
Motor Carrier Service (MCS)
Trainco grad Mark Spitler called early this morn, whooping and hollering in excitement at getting his first solo assignment at Motor Carrier Service (MCS).
He’s bound for NY with 7000 pounds of empty beer and pop cans.
“This job is GREAT,” he shouted. “Thank the Trainco people for my great instructor. Thank Kathy and Wood for putting me through! My schedule’s great – and being home every other day has made my wife happy, while my kids are actually more affectionate. Thanks, thanks, thanks!”