Helpful Information About Potential Welding Careers & Trucking Jobs

Check out this selection of articles below to learn more about career choices and how to prepare for in-demand job opportunities.

  • image of Breast Cancer Ribbon on pink background

    4 Ways to Show Your Support for Breast Cancer

    October 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    Are you ready to show your support? Advanced Career Institute is showing our support too. During the month of October, the Bither Family will donate $10 for every student who enrolls at Advanced Career Institute. Additionally, if you become a graduate of ACI this month you will receive this free breast cancer awareness hat to show your support on the road. Give us a call today if you are interested in joining our list of graduates and supporting breast cancer at the same time!
  • Graphic of animated semi on blue background, text on top reads "A CDL Refresher Course Could Be Right For You!"

    Refresh your trucking skills and get back on the road!

    Career changes and job advances happen to everyone, no matter what industry you are in. Trucking is no different. Maybe the trucking industry is calling you back home. Even if you've been out of the trucking business for a while, we can help restart your career with a CDL Refresher Course. ACI can update your skills and make sure you are confident enough to get back behind the wheel.  Check out the reasons you should enroll in a CDL Refresher Course.

    Tailored to You

    Our CDL Refresher Course can be tailored to fit your individual needs. We understand that everyone may have different skill levels and therefore needs a specific course structure. Our refresher course is 3-weeks long and is behind-the-wheel-only. It is designed for students who already hold a California or Nevada CDL permit but have little to no experience behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.

    Short Time Commitment

    We know that you have already been through extensive training when you first obtained your CDL. Here at ACI, the purpose of our CDL Refresher Course is to help update your knowledge and experience behind the wheel. That is why our course will be a maximum of 3 weeks to get you back on the road.

    Location Options

    The ACI CDL Refresher Course is available at all five of our locations: Visalia, Fresno, Merced, Bakersfield, and Las Vegas campuses. Therefore, you can find an option that works best for you and your schedule.

    Feel Confident

    All of our CDL refresher course is designed to help students feel prepared to take the behind-the-wheel CDL exam. There is no shame in asking for a little bit of help. ACI is here to fit your needs and help you fulfill or get back to your career goals. Contact us today to get back behind the wheel in a short amount of time.
  • image of black chalkboard with text that reads "ACI is ready for you" in red and "BACK TO SCHOOL FOR YOU TOO!" in white

    School is back in session for you too!

    It's back to school time for families across the country and it can be back to school for you too! There is no better time to hit the books again. While your kids are trying to move on to the next grade level, you will be moving on to your next career!  At Advanced Career Institute (ACI), you can take the first step to a new career in trucking or welding. Still not sure? Check out our list of great reasons to start your training today!
    • Short Training Time - At ACI, our goal is to get you trained and out in the workforce in a time frame that gets you earning the money you deserve quickly. If you go back to school with ACI, you'll be off to the workforce in 4 weeks for trucking and 38 weeks for welding.
    • Job Placement- Going back to school can be scary because of the uncertainty of career placement once you graduate. However, ACI takes care of this worry for you! ACI offers job placement assistance that includes helping your job search, practice for interviews, and spruce up your resume.
    • Jobs In Demand - Currently, the trucking industry is one of the most in-demand career paths on the market today. This means jobs are just around the corner for you once your training is complete. Additionally, as a new school year starts, opportunities for school bus drivers will also emerge.
    • Tuition Assitance Available - If you go back to school with ACI, you have the possibility to be eligible for financial aid assistance. This assistance can help pay for your training and possibly take away the stress of tuition for you and your family.
    • Inspire Your Children- Children look up to and admire their parents. If they see mom and dad are working hard in school, it can encourage your children to do their best in school too!  This can turn into wonderful bonding time.
    Back to school season is here! Enroll in a trucking or welding course and start on a path to a rewarding career. Giving yourself a great career can help to provide for your family so that they can succeed too. Contact us today to learn how to get started!
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    Know How Hours of Service Rules May Change Your Schedul

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) passed new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations that affect most big rig drivers on US roads. The goal of the rules is to make roadways safer by having better-rested truck drivers. As a truck driver, new or experienced, it is extremely important to understand how these regulations could affect your work schedule. It doesn't matter if you're OTR, short distance or interstate, all Class A drivers need to follow these new HOS rules!

    HOS Rules Breakdown

    • Your day of driving begins after 10 hours off.
    • You can drive 11 hours, then you must take a 10-hour break.
    • During your first 8 hours of work, you must take a 30-minute rest break.
    • Drivers must reset: they must spend 34 hours or more not driving, either after driving 60 hours in a 7 day week or 70 hours in an 8 day week.

    A Day with the new Schedule

    • 4:00 am, arrive to work, check your load, do your safety walk and drive.
    • 11:50 am, you've been driving for almost 8 hours. Take a 30-minute break.
    • 12:20 pm, you're back on the road for 3 more hours after a safety walk.
    • 3:20 pm, you've reached your 11-hour limit. You now need to take your 11-hour break. Sleep, eat, explore the city you are in, as long as you are not driving.
    • 1:20 am, you have your beauty sleep! Do your safety walk and get back on the road! You've got 8 hours until your 30-minute break.
    New electronic log devices (ELDs) are helpful to keep an eye on your 11-hour shift. They also reduce the ability to cheat on a logbook or do any other "creative recordkeeping". Again, the whole purpose of both the new HOS rules and the ELD rules is to ensure that truckers are well rested when they're on the road.

    Are you an Exception?

    As of August 2019, only livestock haulers and insect haulers are exempt from the HOS rules. Livestock needs to rest and drink, so a livestock hauler may need to go 12 or more hours straight to get to their destination, rather than leaving live animals on a trailer for 10 extra hours at a standstill. **Note that on of August 14, 2019 FMCSA has released some proposed changes to the new HOS rules, but they have not been implemented yet.** At Advanced Career Institute, we focus on training qualified CDL drivers who are employable and safe. Truck drivers are in high demand and these HOS rules are just becoming a part of the job! Contact us if you think the life of a trucker is for you!
  • image of person welding, a red banner at the bottom with text that reads "Welding: Stay safe on the job!"

    Welding can be an exciting career, but as with any job, you need to take the proper steps to ensure your safety. Any experienced welder will tell you to follow these steps in order to have a long successful career. Keeping yourself and your work environment safe is just as important as the welding job itself. Following these steps will get you on the path to workplace safety.

    1. Dress for Success

    You must always wear the appropriate protective clothing to cover your skin while welding. Any exposed skin could be burned and damaged by the infrared and ultraviolet rays.

    2. Find the Right Hood

    Make sure you are making informed choices when starting a welding project. Choose the best hood for your needs. One will allow you to do your job well, but also keep your neck and eyes safe.

    3. Focus on Your Eyes

    For a welder, protective eye gear is everything. Not wearing the correct eyewear can cause burns to your eyes which could result in permanent damage. It is important to protect your eyes at all times!

    4. Search the Area

    It should become a best practice to always check your work area before you begin a project. Be sure that you have all of the tools required. Also check that there are no damaged tools, lines, or wires.

    5. Keep it Squeaky Clean

    Keeping your area clean will not only allow you to function better on your job, but it will also keep you safe. Keeping things tidy will help prevent accidents and mishaps while welding. Know exactly where your tools and safety items are at all times!

    6. Store Your Gas Cylinder

    There is a reason that chemicals have specific requirements for safe storage and it is your responsibility to follow them.  Do not overlook to the manufacturer's guidelines for safe storage. There is a reason they are there.

    7. Fire Hazards

    Fire hazards are just around the corner with any welding jobs. Any loose clothing or material could easily pose a risk of fire. Be sure to monitor where your sparks are landing.

    8. Check the Air Quality

    Check your area before beginning a project. Make sure your area is properly ventilated so that you are getting enough fresh air. You don't want to have to worry about fainting in the middle of a welding project.

    9. Don't Cut Corners

    Don't try to evade safety practices to get the job done quicker. This is asking for an accident to happen. Like mentioned previously, the safety procedures are put there for a reason.

    10. Make it a Habit

    Making safety a priority every day instead of something optional will get you into the habit of following safety rules, this makes it routine instead of a chore.   Welding is a rewarding career that has unlimited opportunities. If you are interested in starting your training to become a welder, contact us today.
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    Is Truck Driving More Than Meets The Eye?

    A truck driver's job is to drive, right? Obviously, driving the truck is the biggest responsibility, but it is certainly not where the job ends. As a truck driver you need to take on several additional responsibilities in order to be successful. Here are five of the most important duties that a truck driver has on top of driving:
    1. Know the rules:  As a truck driver you need to know and abide by the rules of being on the road. For example, your hours of service rules, traffic laws and how they may vary by state.
    2. Know proper procedures: You need to know unloading and loading procedures, how much weight your rig can handle, etc. What are the procedures if you get involved in an accident? Take time to understand these before hopping on the road.
    3. Know your equipment: You need to keep your equipment in good repair. While major repairs are handled by maintenance or a mechanic, truck drivers need to do basic, routine stuff like keeping the truck clean, inspection before and after any trip, checking your oil, etc. It's also your responsibility to note anything that needs to be repaired.
    4. Become a planner: You need to be a good planner. Choosing the best route is up to you and can greatly impact your success as a truck driver. It helps to be familiar with GPS and other route planning technology. However, be careful to not become overly reliant on it. Even in this day and age map reading is a useful skill. You will need to plan alternative routes to get around traffic congestion, accidents, or weather-related problems in order to get your goods to the client on time.
    5. Keep good records:  Although many modern trucks have black boxes that log certain things automatically, truck drivers need to be able to keep all of the required logs. You have to log break times, load and unload times, delivery instructions, etc. In many cases, it is the driver's responsibility to know what should be loaded onto the truck and make sure that the goods match what they are supposed to be.
    Being a truck driver does involve long hours behind the wheel, but there are other skills you need to develop as well. Without these skills, you may not find the quick path to success that you were hoping. Take pride in being a truck driver and with that, take the time to perfect your skills. To find out more about getting the best training to prepare for this demanding job, contact Advanced Career Institute today.