Commercial Vehicle Operations prepares individuals for employment as professional tractor-trailer drivers with a combination of classroom and actual driving experience. The program is a short- term training course (240 clock hours) designed to prepare students to enter the truck driving industry. The program content includes instruction in operating diesel powered tractor trailer rigs, identifying common vehicle components, defensive driving skills, actual driving on rural, urban and interstate highways, handling cargo, backing and maneuvering tractor trailers, documentation and verification of loads, logging and the performance of vehicle inspections.
Training includes classroom instruction, as well as operating vehicles in the city, on the interstate and on two-lane highways. Students will develop skill in safe and professional driving, driver maintenance, map reading, human relations and employability. Training includes:
- The FMCSA Subpart E-Entry-level training requirements
- Map Reading and Trip Planning
- Commercial Vehicle Inspections
- Commercial Vehicle Basic Skills
- Driving a Commercial Vehicle in on-the-road operations
To qualify students must be at least 18 years of age, have a current valid driver’s license, be legally eligible to work in the United States, pass a DOT physical and drug screen, provide a current Motor Vehicle Report from the Office of Motor Vehicles, be able to read and speak the English language sufficiently to understand highway signs and respond to official inquiries.