Truck Driver Training (TRK)

Sumiton Campus

The truck driver training program provides basic entry-level driving skills relating to the safe operation techniques of commercial motor vehicles and other related regulations. Upon successful completion of the program, the student may be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) necessary to operate a tractor-trailer unit. Students should also be conversant with the rules and regulations pertaining to the trucking industry once the program is completed.

(Occupational Outlook Handbook)

NOTE: Check with an advisor for program and course location by campus.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

TRK 111 : BASIC VEHICLE OPERATION

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of becoming a professional commercial motor vehicle driver. Topics include orientation, control systems, vehicle inspections and reporting, basic control, shifting, backing, coupling and uncoupling, proficiency development, and special rigs. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate proficiency in skill field tasks and pre-trip inspections to Commercial Drivers License standards.

credits

4

Corequisites

TRK 112, TRK 113.

TRK 112 : SAFE OPERATING PRACTICES

This course offers proper defensive driving techniques applicable to the commercial motor vehicle driver and involves the interaction between the student/vehicle and the highway traffic environment. Topics include visual search, communication, speed and space management, night operation, extreme driving conditions, and proficiency development. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate basic operating skills that ensure safety of the driver and other vehicle operators to Commercial Drivers License standards.

credits

3

Corequisites

TRK 111, TRK 113.

TRK 113 : NON-VEHICLE ACTIVITIES

This course focuses on activities not directly related to the vehicle itself, but that are related to the potential job performance of the commercial motor vehicle driver. Topics include handling cargo, cargo documentation, hours of service requirements, accident procedures, personal health and safety, trip planning, employability skills, and public and employer relations. Upon completion, the student will demonstrate performance of these activities to Commercial Drivers License standards to ensure safety to the driver, vehicle, cargo, and other motorists.

credits

2

Corequisites

TRK 111, TRK 112.