JobsNOW: TDDS offers careers on the road and under the hood


There is a need for people in the trucking industry. TDDS has already around 20 former GM employees who are ready to train to help fill that need. 

TDDS teaches students everything they need to know about “dieseltronics.” It’s a new word for diesel electronics, which are more computerized than ever. You can plug in and determine a problem and find out what to fix quicker.

“You don’t have to wiggle your way down underneath to get to a part. You climb right up inside the frame and you are taking things apart,” said TDDS CEO Rich Rathburn.

Still, the technician must love being under the hood and working with their hands. Training takes 50 weeks, and job prospects are excellent.

“There are a lot of trucks sitting, waiting to be worked on that are not making the trucking companies any money, Rathburn said.

Truck drivers are also needed by the industry. They’re not clocking in every day but managing themselves on the road and enjoying the excitement of mixing with people.

There are miles and miles of driving but many times, the driver gets plenty of family time and is home at night.

“The regionalized runs they will carry a trailer to one spot, drop it, pick up another and come back,” Rathburn said.

Driver training can be done in just five weeks.  The carriers are ready to hire, needing more people in the industry, and the benefits are noticed immediately from anyone who gets in.

Rathburn said the first year out, drivers make $1,300 to $1,500 per week after taxes.

“Some of these people don’t know what to do with the money they are making. They are just not used to it,” he said.

TDDS is holding an open house Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at their driving center located at 688 N. Pricetown Rd. For more information, call (330) 538-2216

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