The trucking company J.B. Hunt does not provide any truck driver training or educational programs. However, it does hire experienced CDL drivers who have undergone training at well-regarded trucking schools across the United States. These include public and private schools and training programs sponsored by other companies.
J.B. Hunt requires drivers of heavy commercial vehicles to have Class A or B commercial driver licenses. The company also hires class C CDL drivers in some cases. Its prequalification form stipulates that drivers be at least 21 years of age. The form also requires drivers to disclose moving violations, accidents and DUI arrests as well as total months of driving experience. Drivers can also inform the company about any endorsements they hold, including hazardous materials, tankers, and doubles and triples.
The company offers some job opportunities for student truck drivers; these include jobs for dedicated, intermodal or truckload drivers. Dedicated drivers keep the same route, schedule and duties over time. While the schedules of dedicated drivers are consistent, these drivers may be required to perform nondriving duties or to operate other vehicles, such as forklifts. Intermodal drivers transport shipments between major metropolitan areas. Truckload drivers travel between 2,000 and 2,500 miles per week.
Community colleges and professional driving schools can help prepare students for these jobs. The training requirements differ depending on the state where a license is issued, according to DMV.org. For example, in South Carolina, students are expected to pass written and skills tests to obtain a license. Iowa requires its students to pass safety inspection tests, vehicle control and on-road tests. Students should find out their states' requirements to prepare for a CDL exam.