Information about this exciting field:
The open road is calling as households, businesses, and industries are expecting a massive amount and a wide variety of products to be delivered safely, legally, and on time…locally and throughout the United States and Canada. Professional Truck Drivers provide a vital service to the public: if you bought it, a truck driver likely delivered it to the point of sale. Having a CDL Class A offers great potential to those who choose to work in the transportation industry. To become a professional truck driver, you must have a Class A CDL to operate any combination vehicle with a gross combination Weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, with the trailer or trailers having a GVWR of 10,001 or more pounds. A CDL is required for any vehicle, regardless of weight, that will transport quantities of hazardous materials that require DOT warning placards to be displayed. Commercial Truck Driving is a great career choice that will demand constant safety awareness and professional operating skills. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration regulates the safety of the trucking industry and requires drivers to take their personal responsibility very seriously. If you think, you have what it takes, check out this first-rate program.
Is this program for me?
Our comprehensive program teaches the Fundamentals of Commercial Driving. Our students are carefully, thoroughly, and expertly trained to do the job they’ve been eager to do. Here are some requirements that must be met to become a successful Commercial Truck Driver:
- Possess valid driver’s license that meets specific (MVR) Motor Vehicle driving-record requirements
- No DUI violations during the past five (5) years
- Must pass NIDA 5 drug screen
- Must pass DOT physical examination
- Able to drive safely under all road and weather conditions
Where might I find a job?
Career opportunities are quite varied, ranging from hauling cargo across country to numerous jobs delivering goods and products locally. Some drivers may have established local routes. Self-employed drivers engage in driving for a variety of industries.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Heavy Tractor Trailer
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Delivery Trucks
- Commercial Truck Driving Job Search
Commercial truck driving courses are offered at the North Metro Campus.
- Samuel Puckett