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Southwest Truck Driver Training is a school, NOT owned by a trucking company. We work with community partners to assist you in getting the job you want. 

Southwest Truck Driver Training understands that not every graduate has the same career needs. Southwest Truck Driver Training offers four categories of job placement to help you fulfill your individual needs. We will help you enter a successful driving career in the transportation industry. You decide who to work for. You will never be pushed towards any particular trucking company.

Multiple types of positions to choose from straight out of school

If other schools tell you local positions are not possible right out of school, it is because they don't offer it. They likely don't offer it because they are owned by a trucking company that needs more OTR drivers

Southwest Truck Driver Training prepares you for different positions that fit your life. Those positions include:

A blurred motion generic flatbed semi-trailer truck carrying a variety of freight items including new truck tires is on the expressway heading west under an afternoon starburst sunflare on Interstate Route 80 in central Wyoming, USA in late January. A truck with a long, oversize load is headed in the opposite direction in the background. NOTE: Significant alterations have been made to various shapes and details of both trucks to make them generic.

Dedicated Route Positions

The easy definition is simply doing the same route over and over again. It's transporting cargo between regular and prescribed routes. This is highly popular and attractive to a lot of drivers who want regularity with their home time and daily schedules.

These prized positions are sought after by most drivers but usually go to drivers with at least 6 months OTR experience or more. Most drivers find that there is a waiting list with major carriers for these types of positions. However, Southwest does work with dedicated companies that will give you these types of runs when you graduate. With these types of runs, a driver will be out an average of 5-7 days, with 1-2 days off between runs. These positions carry the same type of pay and benefits as an OTR position.

Truck in the night in New York streets, USA.

Local Positions

Southwest provides local job placement assistance. Local jobs are driving jobs where you will be home every night. These types of jobs generally require the driver to do more than just drive. Most will require the driver to perform some type of labor in their daily duties. For instance, a beer delivery driver usually loads and unloads his/her truck and may be required to perform some merchandising duties.

Southwest partners with numerous local employers that will hire our graduates directly out of school. We also have local employers that are looking for more experienced drivers for higher paying positions within their companies.

Transport trucks crossing the border into Arizona.

Over-the-Road Positions

Over the road travels to and through all 48 states with the possibility of driving into Canada. With OTR you have the opportunity to visit the country. Most companies allow you to take your time off where you want; as long as you have a safe place to park your truck. OTR pays more than the other driving options. The average time on the road for an OTR driver is 3-4 weeks earning 1 day off for every 6-7 days out. Most OTR companies are major carriers so they offer good benefits.

Southwest has applications for all of the major motor carriers who hire out of Arizona and Nevada. We can get you hired even before you start!

Map of California, Nevada and Utah States in USA. Detail from the World Map.

Regional Positions

Western regional travels all or some of the 11 western states. These positions are offered by the same companies that hire OTR drivers, but without east coast runs. Some companies can offer you regional routes right out of school, while others require a year or so of experience.

With regional you typically are home more often then with OTR, which is appealing to a lot of folks. An average driver will be out 2-3 weeks, with home time being 1-1 1/2 days for every week you are gone, but have the same great pay and benefits as an OTR driver. Needless to say regional is becoming a very popular alternative to OTR.


Average Pay for Grads:

Type of Truck DrivingAverage Pay
OTR (over-the-road)$55,000-$70,000/year
DedicatedVaries, usually a salary or % of load

Southwest Truck Driver Training Grad Promoted to Safety Department Job

At Southwest Truck Driver Training, your CDL may be a gateway to transportation jobs beyond driver jobs. Narmin Hanna, one of our 2023 graduates, started her career as a driver for Werner and was promoted to the Safety Department at Werner in 2024.

Narmin credits Southwest Truck Driver Training, and in particular some impactful instructors such as Doug Parker (pictured here with Narmin at Werner's 2024 Spring Driver Appreciation event at their Phoenix terminal), with providing a strong foundation to her career success.

Big congratulations to Narmin on her growth, and best wishes for many more career advancements to come!


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