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What's Next for the Trucking Industry?Its no question that COVID has had an impact not only on the trucking industry but every industry in America. From small businesses to corporations, everyone has had to adapt and find a new normal. The trucking industry adapted and became a key piece that held our economy together during the months of quarantine. Going into the new year, it was clear that 2021 was going to be a rebound year for freight and the trucking industry according to FTR Transportation Intelligence. With this in mind, let’s look at some reasons the trucking industry can be thankful post-COVID.
The Rise of E-CommerceE-commerce has rapidly grown since it first began, but especially since March of 2020 when COVID impacted in-person shopping habits. Overall, online shopping grew 44% during 2020 in comparison to 2019. This resulted in a significant increase in products that needed to be shipped and delivered via trucks. E-commerce and online sales are expected to stay high this year. They may drop slightly compared to 2020 due to fewer COVID restrictions, but the current volume of online shopping has become the new normal. In 2021, truckers can expect to continue to have plenty of loads to haul due to this rise in e-commerce. Traditional brick and mortar stores are also beginning to fully open back up, meaning truckers will have deliveries to stores added back to their routes as well.
Remote Work is Here to StayWorking remotely was a huge adjustment many companies had to make in 2020. This actually greatly benefitted truck drivers because there was less traffic on roads and deliveries were made easier. Some companies even reported deliveries were made 3x quicker by truckers during this time. With how successful remote work proved to be, many companies are now allowing workers to stay and work from home in the future. This will continue to help make travel safer for truckers even after COVID because working from home has now become the new normal.
Contactless TechnologyOne of the more efficient upgrades we saw during the pandemic was the number of companies that added a contactless or paperless approach to their business models. New technologies were implemented due to the highly contagious nature of the virus. Electronic contracts and bills are quicker and more efficient than traditional paper. Contactless pick-up and delivery services now give truckers more options when they are on the road. Drivers no longer have to walk from their trucks to security stations or warehouses and now have the ability to do almost everything online.
The 2021 YearAreas that are likely to continue to see strongholds and growth are grocery stores and retail carriers. The demand is still high for both industries and will be for the foreseeable future. Another industry that is going to continue to grow is final-mile delivery and medical carriers. With the continued rollout of the vaccine and medical supplies, in addition to the rise of e-commerce mentioned earlier, both should have a strong presence in 2021. If you are a new truck driver looking to get started in the industry, it would be a good idea to talk with your potential employers about the industries they are working within.
A Changing IndustryThe trucking industry post-COVID will be different than it was before. Luckily many differences seem to be for the better. The trucking industry has shown it has the ability to adapt to the changing needs of its communities and continue to succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown it's way. If you have chosen a career in the trucking industry, chances are that no matter what happens to the economy, truck drivers have to continue trucking. One thing that won't change in the industry is the need for professional drivers. The shortage of truck drivers continues to grow, and carriers will always need new drivers. Advanced Career Institute is proud to help train the next generation of professional truck drivers through our CDL training programs. If you would like to join an essential and growing industry, contact us today by filling out the form or calling 877-649-9614!
4 Ways to Show Your Support for Breast CancerOctober is the favorite month of the year for many people. The leaves begin to change color, the air becomes crisp, and warm drinks, pies, and soups fill kitchens across the U.S. However, for many people October comes with a very different meaning. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be de diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, and October can bring back unfortunate memories for many. Therefore, this October let's learn how we can support those around us.
- Wear Pink - Pink ribbons, pink shirts or even pink hair can help show your support for those both currently battling breast cancer and those who have beat it. You never know who could see your that small ribbon and feel supported.
- Donate - There are many different organizations that are dedicated to improving the statistics for breast cancer. Even donating $5 this October can truly help the advancement of treatments and supportive services for patients.
- Exercise for a Cause - Local charities and organizations develop runs and walks to support breast cancer. Chances are your town or city has one already scheduled for October. This is a great way to get the whole family involved. Take a minute to check your city's local event calendar to see if you can participate.
- Learn and Share - One of the most important ways we can show our support is by learning the statistics related to breast cancer and how it affects those around us. The next step is to share these facts with other friends and family. If we spread the facts, we spread awareness.
Understanding Welding and its BeginningWelding is an ancient trade. Our earliest known welded artifacts are gold boxes dating back to the Bronze Age, according to a publication by Miller Welds. Little changed for the trade for nearly two thousand years. From the skilled efforts of respected Viking blacksmiths who forged weapons and shod horses for their raiding trips, until the late eighteenth century, welding technology remained largely static. We didn't see significant changes in the trade until the early 1800s. Worldwide efforts and advancements during those few centuries changed the process swiftly.
The 1800s: Patents and TechnologyMajor developments in welding technology began in England. There, Edmund Davy discovered acetylene (C2H2) in 1836. Acetylene is a colorless gas used for both welding and metal cutting. The electric generator was an important part of machinery invented mid-century, and arc lighting became the popular method among welders. Gas welders and cutters were developed later in the century as well. Finally, arc welding with the carbon arc and metal arc was developed. Resistance welding (the joining of metals by applying pressure and passing electrical current) became the practical process. Carbon arc welding remained the popular welding method through the early 1900s. Meanwhile, in Detroit, C.L. Coffin was awarded the first U.S. patent for an arc welding process.
The Early 1900s: WWI & WW2During the early 1900s, resistance welding processes were being developed such as seam welding, spot welding, and flash butt welding. Each process required tradesmen to garner new skills and technique. With these new skills came new opportunities, particularly for the military. The onset of World War I brought tremendous demand for weapons and armament. Welders were pressed into work as a commodity to take care of general machinery and ships. According to Welding History, the first all-welded hull vessel was the HMS Fulagar, of Great Britain. They go on to state, "because of a gas shortage in England during World War I, the use of electric arc welding to manufacture bombs, mines, and torpedoes became the primary fabrication method." Welders became highly prized tradesmen among the armed forces. In 1919, the American Welding Society was founded by 20 members of the Wartime Welding Committee of the Emergency Fleet Corporation, under the leadership of Comfort Avery Adams. That same year alternating current was invented. Stud welding was developed at the New York Navy Yard in 1930. This method quickly became popular among shipyards and construction sites. This method of welding still remains popular today. Around this time the submerged arc welding process took hold. It was developed by the National Tube Company and was designed to make the longitudinal seams in pipes, for a pipe yard in Pennsylvania. In the 1940s Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) "was found to be useful for welding magnesium in fighter planes, and later found it could weld stainless steel and aluminum," buy Welding History. They go on to say, "the invention of GTAW was probably the most significant welding process developed specifically for the aircraft industry and remained so until recently, with the Friction Sir Weld process of the 1990s." Again, welders found themselves highly prized with the military. In 1948, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees established the Department of Welding Engineering as the first of its kind for a Welding Engineering curriculum at a University.
Today:Laser welding would be welding's most recent advancement. Laser beam welding "is mainly used for joining components that need to be joined with high welding speeds, thin and small weld seams and low thermal distortion. The high welding speeds, an excellent automatic operation, and the possibility to control the quality online during the process, make laser welding a common joining method in the modern industrial production," according to Rofin. Laser welding is especially appropriate for modern delicate work, with applications in aerospace and IT. Welding has come a long way since the Bronze Ages. These highly skilled tradesmen and women are in great demand during both in the past and present. Exciting new advancements like laser welding keep the industry both exciting and relevant. To learn more about welding training, contact Advanced Career Institute.
What's Your Best Option for Welding TrainingCareer Training or Community College? Which is the right choice for you? These are big questions and can determine your career path. Let's go over the main points of each.
Career Training (such as Welding School)
- Goal: To earn a certificate, diploma, the opportunity to take a licensing exam or an apprenticeship/work as a journeyman
- Training is specific to the career path, no general education courses required
- Focused on hands-on learning
- Smaller class sizes
- Up to date with current field technology
- Most trade school certificates can be obtained in under 2 years
- Over 50% can be held in under 12 months
- Trade school costs about ¼ the average 4-year degree
- Goal: To earn an associate degree, possibly transfer to a 4-year university
- More educational preparation required
- General education coursework required (Math, English, History, Science, etc)
- Mostly classroom or lecture classes, possibly some hands-on depending on the field
- Usually compatible with a 4-year degree program
- Minimum time to complete: 2 years
- Community College costs less than half the average 4-year degree
Selecting Your Best OptionTo summarize, a trade school, like welding, is for someone who is sure of their desired career path. They also learn best by doing and wanting to join the workforce quickly. On the other hand, a community college is ideal for someone who wants to try out several different fields before choosing one. This person also needs to be good at learning in a classroom setting and should be able to devote 2 years to education. You may wonder what kind of salary you can look forward to with each of these options. While it is true that someone with a bachelor's degree will generally, throughout their lifetime, out-earn someone with a trade certificate, it really matters more what career path you want to follow. Certain professions will be served better by earning a 2- or 4-year degree, while others are best suited to a trade school education. When you're ready to discuss your next career steps, contact Advanced Career Institute. We'd be happy to help you decide if our courses are your perfect fit. Contact us today to learn more about our Welding and CDL training!
What Would Happen if Truckers Stopped DrivingEvery product you touch was made available to you thanks to a truck driver. If that seems like a bold statement, take a moment to look around you. Food, beverages, electronics, clothing, and furniture are all in full or in-part transported from somewhere else to be purchased or assembled by you or a service you use! If all the truck drivers suddenly stopped driving their trucks, not only would luxuries become unavailable, but necessities as well. Clothes and home goods wouldn't make it to our favorite department stores. Food would not be delivered to grocery stores or restaurants! Bottled water would run out quickly.
Life Without Truck DriversConsequences of a world without truck drivers extend beyond the products that are transported for us to buy directly. Restaurants wouldn't be able to remain open without supplies. The same applies to service providers ranging from salons to hospitals! Without truck drivers, medical supplies would never reach the people who desperately need them. It is not an overstatement to say that truck drivers are the heartbeat of the economy. In fact, it may be more accurate to compare them to the blood that flows through the country, bringing goods to the people who depend on them to survive.
Why the World Needs TruckersThe demand for truck drivers will only increase in the coming years. As every other market seems to change from year to year or even month to month, the only thing changing in the trucking industry is that more products need to be transported! Almost every other career, in a big or small way, relies on truck drivers. Become a part of the lifeblood of the economy. Check out Advanced Career Institute and get on the road to your truck driving career today.
What is Your Next Step after Earning Your CDL?Updated May 2021 If you're reading this blog, you're probably interested in driving a big rig or have some degree of training and want to know what to expect after the certification process. Simply put, once an individual completes their CDL training, they're ready to land a job and put their CDL to use. Passing the test and completing Commercial Truck Driver training is mandatory before you hit the road. This user-friendly guide will help users understand what they can expect after CDL training.
What To Expect After CDL TrainingYou know what it takes to get your CDL. Now, we'll take a deeper look into what to expect after the certification process.
- Find A Suitable Carrier.
What to Expect in Trucking after COVID-19?Just like several other industries, trucking may look a bit different going forward due to the impact of COVID-19. The demand for drivers, for one, has increased, and as a result, wages for these jobs have jumped as well. The industry has also made changes in the past year that may last long-term. Deliveries and payments are likely to continue being contactless and conducted electronically. Onboarding for new drivers might be done virtually, and procedures for cleaning and disinfecting have become more routine. Coming out of COVID, carriers need drivers now more than ever. If you are interested in a new career. The time is now!
Why Choose Advanced Career InstituteAt Advanced Career Institute, students receive comprehensive training for Class A CDLs. Best of all, graduates with good standing with the school will receive Job Placement Assistance. We simplify the transition from training to actual driving. Our team of experts will provide you with the tools necessary to find a job in truck driving. You're encouraged to contact us at the Advanced Career Institute to accelerate your career in the trucking industry today.