Averitt opens on-the-job diesel tech training program for military vets

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Averitt Express (No. 27, CCJ Top 250) announced in October a new on-the-job training diesel mechanic program for military veterans and family members with Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

The program is part of the East Tennessee-based carrier’s commitment to hire 1,200 additional veterans by 2020.

Individuals selected for the new diesel mechanic program will be trained by Averitt’s shop leaders, maintenance coordinators and experienced technicians on everything from basic computer skills to assisting with in-depth repair on tractor/trailers. The program offers paid clock hours, raises based on experience level and an option for a four-day work week.

Eligible applicants must qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Participants will receive a full 12 months of on-the-job training and are eligible to earn up to $1,140 per month tax free through the GI Bill in addition to weekly Averitt pay. Benefit checks are paid directly from the Department of Veteran Affairs, typically four to six weeks after training begins. Averitt’s pay for the program starts at $10.75 per hour and eventually hits $18.30 per hour at month 11 and $21.50 per hour after month 12.