The six-week truck driving program utilizes U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines for training and licensure of truck drivers.
This program offers semi tractor-trailer driving experience and classroom instruction. The driving experience includes the campus driving range as well as over-the-road driving under the supervision of a licensed professional driver. The college also provides classroom instruction in vehicle maintenance, driver responsibilities, laws, rules, and regulations of the truck driving industry.
Program graduates receive 12 college credits and are awarded a Professional Truck Driver Training Certificate. The student will complete all tests for a Commercial Driver's License.
Student Learning Outcomes
Truck Driving graduates are prepared to:
- Identify items to be inspected for safe operation on public roadways.
- Demonstrate proper coupling and uncoupling procedures.
- Apply skills and judgment to drive safely on public roadways.
- Develop skills to pass CDL exam as outlined by State of Nebraska.
The trucking industry has been very supportive of the truck driving program. Graduates have been highly successful in finding jobs. Starting salaries have ranged from $35,000 to $40,000 a year.
The truck driving program is based on the Federal Highway Administration Model Curriculum, the Professional Truck Driver Institute of America Standards, and Federal Commercial Driver Licensing Standards. To complete the program a student must successfully complete a Commercial Driver's License examination. One must be 18 years of age to receive an intrastate Commercial Driver's License and at least 21 years of age to receive an interstate CDL.
To enroll in the truck driving program the student must:
- Be able to pass a Department of Transportation physical examination and drug screen.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to obtain a CDL Learner's permit.
- Have a current driver's license, with no more than three moving violations in the past three years.
- Have no DUI charges in the past five years and no more than one (1) ever.
- Have no more than one chargeable accident in the past year.
These requirements are based on D.O.T. regulations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Part 390 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (General), Part 383 Commercial Driver's License Standards, and Part 391 Qualifications of Drivers.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goals, the proposed program of study is provided. A student's final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, prior college experiences, course availability, transfer requirements, program admission requirements, and special areas of interest. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her advisor prior to any academic planning and registering.