Helpful Information About Potential Welding Careers & Trucking Jobs

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    The Importance of Ag Transportation

    In celebration of National Ag Day on March 20th, let's give a nod of appreciation to the Ag Transporters who do the hard work within the industry. If you are curious about the job and considering joining the ranks, you should definitely ask these three important questions...

    What is Ag Transportation?

    Ag Transportation is the community of men and women who drive the country's farm-fresh food from where it's grown to wherever it needs to go. Advanced Career Institute's training will give you all the skills needed to learn the basics of truck driving. Students will also learn how to transport the important agricultural products grown in California.

    What is the importance of Ag Transportation?

    Truck drivers transport around 500 million tons of grain produced in the US every single year. California's farms and ranches produce over one-third of those vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts for this country. The most efficient system for transporting these fresh and healthy goods are the highways and truck drivers of the state. Goods often need to be transported more than once before they reach their final destination. Those that do these important jobs of ensuring the quality and safe delivery of these products are Ag Transporters.

    What are the benefits of being an Ag Transporter?

    The benefits of being an Ag Transporter are vast. Ag Transporters are the first point of contact for receiving and transporting the agricultural products and livestock vital to the food industry. All you need to qualify is a high school diploma and the CDL Certification we provided with our 20-week Ag Transportation training. It's also important to consider that the current future outlook for work as a truck driver is extremely promising. As a Ag Transporter, you will have several job opportunities with competitive pay and great benefits. Are you interested in joining the Ag Transportation field? Advanced Career Institute can help you get started! Contact us today to learn more about our training options and the opportunities available for you.
  • Women Who Made their Mark in Trucking

    In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, Advanced Career Institute would like to acknowledge the hard work and pioneering spirit of some of the trucking industry's most notable women. These bold and determined ladies paved the way for those to come, transforming the entire industry in the process. Women still only make up around 5% of the trucking workforce, but that number is steadily climbing as more women rise to the challenge and earn their Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

    Trailblazing Women

    Luella Bates was the pioneer who first showed the world what women could do behind the wheel. During WWII, women had to step into traditionally male jobs to fill the vacancies left by the war. Luella was such an excellent truck driver that she stayed on after the war ended, often outperforming her male counterparts. Next came Lillie Drennan. With her 10-gallon hat and loaded revolver, she was quite an intimidating figure. She became the first licensed female truck driver, and the first woman to own her own fleet. Lillie was also a staunch advocate for gender and racial equality. She personally hired and trained her diverse and exceptionally safe workforce. Adriesue "Bitsy" Gomez followed in their footsteps. Bitsy formed the Coalition of Women Truck Drivers to combat the pervasive sexism in trucking culture. Through victories in the courts and successful public relations campaigns, Bitsy helped break-down the barriers that were keeping women out of trucking.

    Why Women Should Obtain a CDL

    Thanks to women like Luella, Lillie, and Bitsy, the trucking industry now welcomes female drivers. Young women just entering the workforce, or those who find themselves job-searching after a lifestyle change (such as divorce, empty nest, or job loss), may consider trucking as a possibility. Forward-thinking companies recognize this trend and are doing more to recruit and retain female truckers. Truck manufacturers are redesigning cabs and other equipment to accommodate the typically smaller frames of women, leading to greater comfort and less risk of injury. Women in trucking also have a strong support network, meaning they no longer have to face obstacles and hardships alone. Now is the perfect time for women to take charge and get behind the wheel. It takes a lot of grit and toughness to succeed as a commercial truck driver, but thanks to the bold female drivers of the past, we know women can do it just as well as men can. Are you ready to earn your CDL? Advanced Career Institute is ready to help make that happen!
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    Facts to Know Before You Start Training

    Welding is one of the most intimidating trades at first glance, but once you really delve into the facts, it's worth the effort to learn. If you're thinking of beginning training as a welder, there are few key facts to be aware of before stepping into the classroom.

    Metallurgy: There is Always More to Learn

    Metallurgy is the study of metals and their properties which will be what you primarily learn for welding. Due to the existence of over a hundred metals, there are plenty of different welding procedures and processes to learn. These facts alone make having humility as a welder a necessity. Welding as a whole, is constantly changing. Keeping an open mind and willingness to constantly learn will only benefit you in your welding career.

    Thousands of Job Opportunities

    There are always openings for experienced welders, but the only way to gain experience is typically by obtaining a welding certificate. The reason for this is because each job requires a performance test. Within this test, you must showcase your welding skills and knowledge. Since you need to learn all that you can about welding in order to pass any performance test, you'll need to obtain a certificate in a specific type of welding. With a certificate in hand, jobs across the country and around the world become available. Not to mention, your salary becomes boundless. Having so many opportunities at your fingertips makes going without a job even in a recession next to impossible.

    Don't Be Afraid to Fail

    Failure is a part of learning. No matter what knowledge you seek to obtain, you shouldn't expect to be perfect right at the start. A lot of trial and error is required to master any technique. Since you'll never know everything there is to know about welding, failure is something you'll have to accept. While you may be brilliant while in a welding class, being on the job site is a completely different game. Just remember to be consistent. Let your work speak for itself, and keep in mind, if at first you don't succeed, try again.   While welding isn't an easy career, it doesn't take as long as other options to gain a certificate. If you're interested in gaining the opportunity to travel, make more money, and learn new information, contact Advance Career Institute and let us help you get started on a new career in welding.
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    How to Keep Proper Care of Tires During Winter Months

    In most parts of the country, winter brings with it snow, ice, slush, and sleet. All of which makes for hazardous driving conditions. Unfortunately, life just can't stop everytime mother nature spits out another inch (or more) of snow. So, you'll need a car that can handle the cold and all that comes with it. Your tires are your first line of defense for tackling the coldest of seasons; therefore, you'll want to maintain them to the best of your ability to avoid any dangerous or expensive situations. Here are 5 things you can do to keep your tires from spinning out of control this winter season.
    1. Make sure you have winter tires.

      If you know you'll be hit with ice and snow relentlessly and frequently, you'll be better off with tires made specifically for these conditions. These tires are equipped with tread patterns and rubber compounds that make them better suited for snowy conditions. They also make a good investment because solid winter tires should be able to serve you for several years. There is also a reduced risk of an accident, which will potentially save you hundreds of dollars in repairs.
    2. Check and maintain tire pressure.

      Did you know tires can actually lose pressure when temperatures begin to drop? For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, tires lose about 1 pound per square inch (or psi) of air pressure. For example, a tire at 32 psi in 70-degree weather will go down to 28 psi at 30 degrees. Deflated tires reduce fuel mileage, can wear your tires out, offer less traction, and can lead to irreversible damage. Most gas stations have air stations, and you can buy a gauge anywhere they sell vehicle parts. When in doubt, seek an expert.
    3. Check your tread depth for optimal performance. 

      Aside from pressure, you must also make sure your tread depth is adequate, especially for the winter. Usually, when your tires reach 2/32" (4/32" for steer tires), the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends (and some states legally require) you change your tires. But, in the winter, you may want to change them when you hit 5/32". Tires with more tread depth give you more traction and help reduce your chances of hydroplaning. You can measure your tread depth with the penny method, but make sure to use a quarter for winter conditions.
    4. Watch how you drive. 

      Your tires can only do so much to prevent sliding and hydroplaning; you have to do the rest. Leave a good distance between you and the car in front of you to give yourself good reaction. When in slick conditions, accelerate, brake, and steer as though you had a cup of hot coffee on the dashboard. Driving this way can help you against losing control of your vehicle when dealing with ice and snow.
    5. Get your tires checked by a mechanic you trust. 

      If you want to have extra confidence in your tires, ask your mechanic to take a look at them. He can check their pressure, tread depth, traction, etc. For a simple check, they usually shouldn't charge you anything, but if you don't have someone you trust, get a second and/or third opinion before you shell out hundreds of dollars on tires. Better safe than sorry.
    Looking to learn more about automotive care and/or a career in trucking? Advanced Career Institute would love to help. We are proud to serve California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. Check out our programs page to learn about our offerings!
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    What's Happening in the New Year for Trucking

    There are so many industries that fuel our economy. It's hard to track the outlook and trends for all of them. One industry that stands out as noteworthy for 2018 is the transportation sector, specifically the trucking industry. 2017 was a phenomenal year for heavy-duty trucks. All indications seem to point that the Trucking Industry Outlook for 2018 will be just as stellar. The current conditions for the trucking industry sure do seem to send an optimistic message that the transportation sector and trucking will continue to be robust and dynamic. The trucking industry has been and always will be the backbone of our nation's freight hauling and shipping. Without truckers hauling things from point A to point B, who would ensure goods, materials and commodities were moved out of warehouses and into homes, farms, and businesses? It's an invaluable area of our economy that everyone depends upon!

    What Will 2018 Offer?

    Today's truckers though are being looked at as far more than just bodies to get things moved. More and more companies today are really starting to focus on trucker comfort. They know that in order to keep good drivers happy and wanting to drive, they need to design trucks with enhancements that help induce contentment in one's work environment. It's not just comfort either, the rapid pace of new technology coming to play means better safety and automated diagnostic capabilities designed to keep existing drivers and attract new ones to the fold. Perhaps the efforts at all this modernization will indeed be a welcoming charm to the younger demographic. This group may not have considered pursuing a career in trucking until now. The contribution truckers make to our country is without a doubt one we cannot live without. But not everyone can just get behind a truck and take to the open road. It takes more than just your basic driver's license to be among the nation's finest and most in-demand professions today. Not everybody has the privilege of getting behind the wheel of a big rig. You need special training and a Commerical Driver's License which proves you have worked hard to learn what it takes to handle yourself and your truck on America's roads.

    How Can I Start?

    So, ask yourself, where are you heading and where are you going? Maybe it's time to consider what a career as a CDL driver could do for you and your future earnings. Contact us today for more information about pursuing a vocation in this well paid and respected industry. All of us at Advanced Career Insitute are ready to help get you started! We look forward to hearing from you!
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    Bringing Healthy Foods from Farms to Your Table

    There are over 325 million people currently living in the United States, and each and every one of us requires safe and healthy food sources to lead a healthy life. Since we can't all live on farms to raise and grow our own sustenance, we rely on agriculture. America's farmers and ranchers are tasked with providing the reliable and safe foods that grace our supermarket aisles. Do you ever wonder how fresh vegetables appear at your local grocer in the midwest in winter? How meat is always stocked? Or how you can always manage to find strawberries in the northeast when temps are below zero? The answer? Agricultural Transport Drivers. Living in California, you're in luck! A large percentage of produce in the US comes from California due to the climate and lengthy growing seasons. So, we know where most of our food comes from, but how does it get from farm to store (and eventually your table)? For that, we can thank our Ag Transport Drivers. These drivers are the individuals who safely and efficiently transport agriculture products all over the country to make sure that we all have access to safe and healthy foods. Motorists see truck drivers all over America's highways, but may not be aware of the special training involved in the transport of agricultural products. Advanced Career Institute provides Ag Transportation CDL Training to students in California. Not only do students in this 20-week program receive education on all aspects of truck driving, they also receive instruction on the agriculture industry. Students will learn how to safely and properly transport agricultural products such as dairy, produce, equipment, and other agricultural commodities. Graduates of this program hold a Class A CDL and Agricultural Transportation Certification. They will also become an integral part of food security and the overall health and wellness of citizens across the country.

    Ready to Learn More?

    Advanced Career Institute is ready to get you started with your new career in trucking. If you feel Ag Transportation is the next step for you, we would love to talk with you more! Our Admissions Team is ready to help answer any of your questions.