Truck Driving

About

The Truck Driving Program prepares individuals to build skills in safety practices, operation, vehicle maintenance, and non-vehicle activities associated with truck driving.  Instruction includes the operation of vehicles on the interstate, on two-lane highways, in the city, backing and maneuvering.  Also included are recordkeeping, and performing pre-trip/post-trip inspections and defensive driving.

The course is structured to emulate, as closely as possible, the normal day to day accountabilities of an over the road truck driver. The course is organized and developed to provide training in the following areas: Orientation, organization, vehicle orientation, skill proficiency including; safety, pre/post trip inspections, backing, coupling/uncoupling, road driving (interstate, secondary roads and city). General knowledge skills to include; CDL driving skills, map reading, trip planning, DOT regulations, state regulations, endorsements, logging, substance abuse and blood borne pathogens, weather and road conditions, freight documents, cargo handling, worker characteristics and job search.

Overview

Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length
Clock Hours 222
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate
Total Tuition/Fees
Textbook/Supplies Cost

Program Credentials

Students must be twenty-one (21) years of age, pass the medical exam required by the Department of Safety, and be in possession of a CDL permit prior to getting behind the wheel of TCAT tractor/trailers.

Campus Locations

ThreeStar Extension Campus
901 Old Roane Street
Harriman, TN 37748

Job Duties

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 70,000

Current job openings per year: 9,070

Curriculum/Courses

First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristics
Orientation
Map Reading
DOT Regulations and Logging
Substance Abuse and Blood Borne Pathogens
Vehicle and Vehicle Component Orientation
Safety
Couple and Uncouple
Backing
Road Driving
Weather and Road Conditions
Public Relations
Freight Documents
Cargo Handling
General

Certifications

Class A CDL
Class B CDL

Instructors

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