It's Show Time at High Grade Truck Driving.
The truck driving school has introduced a long-nosed Peterbilt to their fleet of training vehicles and have named the new unit “Show Time”.
“As a professional company, High Grade feels this new addition is going to offer individuals training with confidence and knowledge relevant to today's trucking,” says Marv Diebel, High Grade owner and instructor.
Show Time's features include a 600hp Cat engine and 18-speed transmission.
“The majority of trucks you see on today's roads are long-nosed Petes,” says Marv.
“Although Show Time looks ‘big' she really is just a pussy cat, so easy to shift even Granny could drive her,” he chuckles.
Marv wants to give the students an opportunity to gain training in a ‘big rig' with modern equipment and professional training that will exceed SGI requirements is High Grade's goal.
Students will graduate as job-ready professionals with more than just a licence.
Marv, who says High Grade wants to ensure all its students are receiving training that conforms to today's standards and safety requirements, says he is proud to supply the industry with safe, knowledgeable, employable, entry-level drivers.
High Grade's goals are: safety; personal training with integrity and honesty; help with job placement; after training support; and assistance with work experience placement.
Testimonials illustrate High Grade's success in achieving those goals.
“Marv is hands down the most patient teacher, never getting worked up even if it takes forever to get into first gear,” says Donna Bunell.
“High Grade is so much more than helping you pass your tests. They truly teach you to become a professional driver. Since receiving my license I have worked in the oil field. At first with a tri-axle trailer and now with b-trains. The lessons I've learned and the hands on practical knowledge have become very valuable to me. I can still hear Marv's advice on driving whenever I need it the most.”
Randell Martell also has high praise for Marv's teaching style and says the lessons he learned have been invaluable to him in his driving career.
“Among a wide variety of other unique experiences, I have been to Calgary, Alta., which is arguably the hardest city in Canada to drive in, many times with the first hauling job I acquired. I was nervous during my first trip, but stuck to lessons I learned with High Grade and tackled every challenge in front of me,” Martell says.
Martell also offers encouragement to those considering a driving career.
The highway is a vast and interesting workplace and I definitely do not regret getting my Class 1A licence,” he says.
“The past year has been an exciting liftoff to my career and I now drive with ease wherever I go. I encourage any and all aspiring truck drivers in the Battlefords and area to talk to Marv and his wife Sancia about taking the 1A driver course. It has changed my life in a positive way and will definitely change yours too.”
Marv has ‘big ‘plans for the expansion of High Grade, but for the time being he's keeping that under his hat!
For more information on High Grade and its courses call Marv or Sancia at 441-9650
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