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Aims Community College in Greeley offers commercial driver’s license program as demand for truck drivers expands

As oil and gas activity picks back up in Weld County, the demand for truck drivers is on the rise. According to Aims Community College commercial driver’s license instructor Scott Murray, that demand isn’t just for oil and gas truckers.

“It’s kind of like a domino effect. When one area — especially as big as the oil fields are — when they start booming, everything else is going to follow right behind,” Murray said.

More workers employed by oil and gas activity means more people moving to the area, he explained. More people mean more mouths to feed for the restaurant industry, which will need more food and more workers. More people will need more automobiles, pick-up trucks and fuel, he said.

When activity slowed down at the oil and gas fields about two years ago, part of that workforce moved to Texas and Oklahoma to find work. Murray, 60, said he’s ready to teach the next wave of truck drivers to meet all the new demand.

“If those people who worked the oil fields, all the truckers and such, don’t come back up here, we’re going to have to replace them,” he said.

According to Lora Lawrence, business services manager for Weld Employment Services, job orders for driver positions in the county are on the rise. In the first quarter of 2016, there were 181 driver positions posted. For the same period this year, that number jumped to 232 driver positions. Growth in the heavy truck driver category accounts for almost 75 percent of that demand, she said.

There are two different kinds of commercial drivers licenses. A Class B license restricts the driver to smaller trucks, such as tractors or dump trucks. A Class A license is for any truck heavier than 26,001 pounds. With a Class A license, Murray said, there are always opportunities to find work.

“You keep your nose clean, do your job, you make a good living and you’ll always have a job,” he said.

Eaton resident Darby Kieler got her Class B license in 1990. The company she works for, Martin Marietta Materials, sponsored her to get her Class A license through Aims.

“The reason I’m bumping up to my Class A is because, first of all, it’s a higher pay rate. Class A’s bring more money than Class B’s, anywhere you go,” Kieler said. “This means that I can drive more vehicles for the company that I work for.”

Kieler said she was surprised to find the most difficult part of getting the license is learning the names of each part of the truck. Students have to identify 200 items in a pre-trip walk-around inspection of a Class A truck.

“There’s a lot of verbiage to remember,” she said. “The driving is easy for me.”

Kieler said Murray is an excellent teacher who knows how to be patient with his students. Kieler passed her Class A license test in mid-April. For her, driving trucks is really about the people.

“I’m blessed to have this job. … I’m always excited to learn something new, and in my job I am able to do that with people who are patient with me and teach me,” Kieler said.

When Murray went to register for a jewelry and metalworking class earlier this year, he heard about the opening for an instructor in the college’s commercial drivers license program. With more than 35 years of experience and more than 5 million miles driving a Class A truck, he knew he’d be a good fit.

“When I hit 5 million, I figured, ‘Why continue counting?’ That’s 10 times from here to the moon and back,” he said and laughed.

Although the long distances of truck driving can be tough on relationships, Murray said all that driving has been like an all-expense-paid vacation.

“It’s a wonderful country. I’ve literally been to the four corners of the country,” he said. “I love it. … People all over this country are wonderful.”

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Aims Community College in Greeley offers commercial driver’s license program as demand for truck drivers expands

As oil and gas activity picks back up in Weld County, the demand for truck drivers is on the rise. According to Aims Community College commercial driver’s license instructor Scott Murray, that demand isn’t just for oil and gas truckers.

“It’s kind of like a domino effect. When one area — especially as big as the oil fields are — when they start booming, everything else is going to follow right behind,” Murray said.

More workers employed by oil and gas activity means more people moving to the area, he explained. More people mean more mouths to feed for the restaurant industry, which will need more food and more workers. More people will need more automobiles, pick-up trucks and fuel, he said.

When activity slowed down at the oil and gas fields about two years ago, part of that workforce moved to Texas and Oklahoma to find work. Murray, 60, said he’s ready to teach the next wave of truck drivers to meet all the new demand.

“If those people who worked the oil fields, all the truckers and such, don’t come back up here, we’re going to have to replace them,” he said.

According to Lora Lawrence, business services manager for Weld Employment Services, job orders for driver positions in the county are on the rise. In the first quarter of 2016, there were 181 driver positions posted. For the same period this year, that number jumped to 232 driver positions. Growth in the heavy truck driver category accounts for almost 75 percent of that demand, she said.

There are two different kinds of commercial drivers licenses. A Class B license restricts the driver to smaller trucks, such as tractors or dump trucks. A Class A license is for any truck heavier than 26,001 pounds. With a Class A license, Murray said, there are always opportunities to find work.

“You keep your nose clean, do your job, you make a good living and you’ll always have a job,” he said.

Eaton resident Darby Kieler got her Class B license in 1990. The company she works for, Martin Marietta Materials, sponsored her to get her Class A license through Aims.

“The reason I’m bumping up to my Class A is because, first of all, it’s a higher pay rate. Class A’s bring more money than Class B’s, anywhere you go,” Kieler said. “This means that I can drive more vehicles for the company that I work for.”

Kieler said she was surprised to find the most difficult part of getting the license is learning the names of each part of the truck. Students have to identify 200 items in a pre-trip walk-around inspection of a Class A truck.

“There’s a lot of verbiage to remember,” she said. “The driving is easy for me.”

Kieler said Murray is an excellent teacher who knows how to be patient with his students. Kieler passed her Class A license test in mid-April. For her, driving trucks is really about the people.

“I’m blessed to have this job. … I’m always excited to learn something new, and in my job I am able to do that with people who are patient with me and teach me,” Kieler said.

When Murray went to register for a jewelry and metalworking class earlier this year, he heard about the opening for an instructor in the college’s commercial drivers license program. With more than 35 years of experience and more than 5 million miles driving a Class A truck, he knew he’d be a good fit.

“When I hit 5 million, I figured, ‘Why continue counting?’ That’s 10 times from here to the moon and back,” he said and laughed.

Although the long distances of truck driving can be tough on relationships, Murray said all that driving has been like an all-expense-paid vacation.

“It’s a wonderful country. I’ve literally been to the four corners of the country,” he said. “I love it. … People all over this country are wonderful.”

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Aims Community College in Greeley offers commercial driver’s license program as demand for truck drivers expands

As oil and gas activity picks back up in Weld County, the demand for truck drivers is on the rise. According to Aims Community College commercial driver’s license instructor Scott Murray, that demand isn’t just for oil and gas truckers.

“It’s kind of like a domino effect. When one area — especially as big as the oil fields are — when they start booming, everything else is going to follow right behind,” Murray said.

More workers employed by oil and gas activity means more people moving to the area, he explained. More people mean more mouths to feed for the restaurant industry, which will need more food and more workers. More people will need more automobiles, pick-up trucks and fuel, he said.

When activity slowed down at the oil and gas fields about two years ago, part of that workforce moved to Texas and Oklahoma to find work. Murray, 60, said he’s ready to teach the next wave of truck drivers to meet all the new demand.

“If those people who worked the oil fields, all the truckers and such, don’t come back up here, we’re going to have to replace them,” he said.

According to Lora Lawrence, business services manager for Weld Employment Services, job orders for driver positions in the county are on the rise. In the first quarter of 2016, there were 181 driver positions posted. For the same period this year, that number jumped to 232 driver positions. Growth in the heavy truck driver category accounts for almost 75 percent of that demand, she said.

There are two different kinds of commercial drivers licenses. A Class B license restricts the driver to smaller trucks, such as tractors or dump trucks. A Class A license is for any truck heavier than 26,001 pounds. With a Class A license, Murray said, there are always opportunities to find work.

“You keep your nose clean, do your job, you make a good living and you’ll always have a job,” he said.

Eaton resident Darby Kieler got her Class B license in 1990. The company she works for, Martin Marietta Materials, sponsored her to get her Class A license through Aims.

“The reason I’m bumping up to my Class A is because, first of all, it’s a higher pay rate. Class A’s bring more money than Class B’s, anywhere you go,” Kieler said. “This means that I can drive more vehicles for the company that I work for.”

Kieler said she was surprised to find the most difficult part of getting the license is learning the names of each part of the truck. Students have to identify 200 items in a pre-trip walk-around inspection of a Class A truck.

“There’s a lot of verbiage to remember,” she said. “The driving is easy for me.”

Kieler said Murray is an excellent teacher who knows how to be patient with his students. Kieler passed her Class A license test in mid-April. For her, driving trucks is really about the people.

“I’m blessed to have this job. … I’m always excited to learn something new, and in my job I am able to do that with people who are patient with me and teach me,” Kieler said.

When Murray went to register for a jewelry and metalworking class earlier this year, he heard about the opening for an instructor in the college’s commercial drivers license program. With more than 35 years of experience and more than 5 million miles driving a Class A truck, he knew he’d be a good fit.

“When I hit 5 million, I figured, ‘Why continue counting?’ That’s 10 times from here to the moon and back,” he said and laughed.

Although the long distances of truck driving can be tough on relationships, Murray said all that driving has been like an all-expense-paid vacation.

“It’s a wonderful country. I’ve literally been to the four corners of the country,” he said. “I love it. … People all over this country are wonderful.”