About This Degree
This program is a six-week training course designed to prepare students to enter the tractor-trailer driver marketplace at an entry level driving position. Included in the training are 80 hours of classroom instruction relating to federal regulations governing commercial motor vehicle operation, inspection procedures, proper maintenance practices and vehicle safety; 80 hours of instruction on the backing range learning to master a variety of backing skills; and, 80 hours of road driving instruction. Students can expect to pull loaded van trailers under a variety of conditions, including two-lane roads, expressways, night driving, hilly terrain and driving city streets during heavy traffic. Students can expect to spend at least 45 hours behind the wheel on the backing range and road driving combined, logging approximately 30 hours or 1000 miles of road driving. Classes are offered during the fall and spring semesters and during the summer sessions. Admission requirements are (1) must submit to and pass a DOT physical and drug screen, (2) have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE), and (3) must reach age 18 prior to operation of vehicles on public streets.