Worker Development Program

Paid job + free training to launch your career. No experience necessary.

Our objective is to help individuals launch careers in the transportation industry, and we have built the NTC to support the employability, technical skill, and career development of all employees. We have your back. We’re here to invest in you and help you succeed.

When you work with the NTC, you have options, depending on our currently available job and training openings. You may work in our Transportation Technician Workforce Incubator, enter the Technician Development Program, or enroll in Diesel Technician Training directly. In every case, our goal with you is the same: to help you launch your career.

Workforce Incubator

In the NTC’s Workforce Incubator, you are employed in a paid position in which you learn valuable technical and career skills while polishing your employability. Employees in the Workforce Incubator begin as Transportation Technicians and enjoy a development program to help them gain skills and experience, limited only by their aptitude and performance.

Transportation Technician

As a Transportation Technician you work in the NTC’s trailer refurbishing unit. This unit works as a team to wash, deidentify (remove decals from), inspect, repair, and reidentify (apply decals to) semi trailers in their transition from one owner to another.

In this work, you must master and exemplify core employability skills like timeliness, communication, and participation in a high-functioning team. As part of your development, you will also learn technical and mechanical skills like DOT inspections and trailer brake repair. Overall, you must be open to and gain appreciation for a focus on results and relationships in the workplace. You will be measured by your ability to meet safety, quality, relationship standards.

As a Transportation Technician, you have an immediate pathway to making more money per hour based on your performance and skill-acquisition. A typical pathway (below) assumes you meet performance and development benchmarks while acquiring new skills.

Starting Rate$13.00
30 days$14.00
60 days$15.00
90 days
$16.00
120 days$16.50
150 days$17.00
180 days$17.50

You are not intended or expected to remain a Transportation Technician for longer than two years. After proving your capability, you may be invited to join the NTC’s full Technician Development Program for diesel technicians and/or be promoted to a role with higher responsibility. We may also help you connect with an alternative career path outside of the NTC with NTC partner companies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Age — Applicants must be 18+ years old

Minimum educational requirements — NTC jobs and programs require a high school diploma or equivalency, except in cases of exemption. Exemptions may be provided for applicants currently enrolled in and on track to receive a diploma or equivalent credential or in cases in which the lack of a credential does not affect an applicant’s ability to secure employment on the basis of NTC training. Regardless of formal credentials, applicants must also attest to English reading and writing at the Minimum Professional Proficiency level (https://careers.state.gov/faq-items/language-proficiency-definitions/) and mathematics capability at a 6th Grade level (https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/standards/mathematics/grade-6-standards.pdf). Anything under these standards jeopardizes an applicant’s ability to successfully complete NTC training programs.

Minimum physical qualifications — You must be able to lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly, work on your feet for an 8-hour shift (except for breaks), and comfortably climb and work from scaffolding. This job and most NTC training programs are for physically-demanding work. In most cases, for example, diesel technicians must possess the strength, stamina, flexibility, and motor skills required to perform repeatedly a wide variety of tasks. Color vision is also especially helpful in a variety of electrical tasks, including wiring and schematics-reading. If you have any doubts about your ability to meet physical requirements for technical positions, you are encouraged to discuss them during the application process.

Minimum technology qualifications — NTC employment and training programs use electronic tracking and communication tools and learning resources. Applicants must exhibit basic computer literacy for using Internet browsers and electronic forms of communication.

Background checks — Justice-involved individuals may apply for NTC jobs and programs and are given full consideration. However, applicants with any prior, recorded felony convictions must disclose and provide a letter of explanation. All adult applicants must be willing to comply with any requests for a background check and agree that the information may be used by the NTC on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility for NTC jobs and programs.

Drug screening — Applicants must be willing to consent to standard drug-testing methods at any point throughout their employment or training and agree that positive tests for illegal drug use may result in termination or expulsion from NTC-affiliated programs and the removal of any associated funding.

Other qualifications — Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be eligible to work legally in the United States.

DETAILS

Hours of work —  Monday – Friday, 7 am – 4 pm; Saturdays optional or mandatory at management discretion

Breaks — Lunch, 1 hour; (2) 15 minute breaks per shift

Medical benefits

Paid Time Off (PTO) — 12 days per year after first year, accumulating 1 day per month

Technician Development Program

The National Transportation Center’s Technician Development Program enables you to earn money while training to become a diesel technician. You get the best of both worlds: steady work with increasing compensation as you master new skills and advanced training to enter into a long-term career.

You may apply into the Technician Development Program directly or as a current employee. In most cases, pursuing the Technician Development Program requires employment with either the National Transportation Center as a Transportation Technician or with an NTC corporate partner.

Click to apply the the National Transportation Center’s Technician Development Program.

Current Development Program Members

Jorge E.

Hi, I’m Jorge and I’m a recent graduate of the NTC boot camp and have worked for the NTC for 18 months. At the NTC I am able to use my organizational and teamwork skills to help refurbish trailers. I am able to contribute ideas that help improve recognition as well as learn performance and mechanical skills that will helping me grow and develop. In the future, I plan on taking advantage of the NTC incubator to continue to improve my employability skills and relationships. In addition, I plan to assist with future boot camp members in their growth and developments by helping mentor and onboard boot camp graduates in to the NTC incubator. Personally I plan on transitioning to the NTC Career launch program.

David S.

David has had a busy first two weeks with the NTC. He has been working quite a bit on Improving his workplace and employability skills, which includes: – Showing up to work on time. – Keeping equipment tools and supplies organized. – Meeting productivity goals. – Taking the initiative to learn new skills. – Following procedures that ensure a safe work environment. – Collaborating with his peers. – Recognizing others. – Assisting others with assignments. In the future, David Sebree would like to become a full-time NTC employee and go through CDL training.

Jason W.

Jason has been working hard during the last one and a half months as a member of the NTC Incubator. He has done his best to demonstrate these skills which will help him and his employer in the future: – Showing up to work on time. – Keeping equipment tools and supplies organized. – Meeting productivity goals. – Taking the initiative to learn new skills. – Following procedures that ensure a safe work environment. – Collaborating with his peers. – Recognizing others. – Assisting others with assignments. – Bringing fresh ideas and solutions that help drive positive outcomes. In the future, Jason West would like to become a full-time employee with the NTC that includes expanded roles and responsibilities.

Brandon H.

During these last two months, Brandon has been buckling down at the NTC Incubator. Throughout this time, he has been working on getting better and better, attaining skills such as: – Showing up to work on time. – Keeping equipment tools and supplies organized. – Meeting productivity goals. – Taking the initiative to learn new skills. – Following procedures that ensure a safe work environment. – Collaborating with his peers. – Recognizing others. – Assisting others with assignments. – Bringing fresh ideas and solutions that help drive positive outcomes. In the future, Brandon Hopkins would like to become a full-time employee with the NTC that includes expanded roles and responsibilities.

Darrick H.

Darrick has made great strides in his personal growth and development. Some of the areas he’s been working on include: – Showing up to work on time. – Keeping equipment tools and supplies organized. – Meeting productivity goals. – Taking the initiative to learn new skills. – Following procedures that ensure a safe work environment. – Collaborating with his peers. – Recognizing others. – Assisting others with assignments. – Bringing fresh ideas and solutions that help drive positive outcomes. In the upcoming months, Derrick Holt seeks full-time employment with the NTC, Diesel Tech Training, and to enter into the NTC Career Launch.