Program A

Program Objectives

Our programs provide our graduates with the knowledge and hands on experience necessary to be employable as an entry level tractor-trailer driver.

CDL Training

Our students are trained using the latest methods available to assure they graduate with all Class A, CDL endorsements, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the State Class A, CDL Road Test.

Program Descriptions

Program #301, Truck Driver Training

The minimum number of clock hours is 160 (see page 14 of our catalog for additional instruction)

Day Classes: 4-week class (start times can vary). You will attend 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday or 10 hours a day Monday through Thursday or a mixture of both. Ask your Admissions recruiter for the schedule of the class you’ve chosen to attend.

Night Classes: 8-week class (start times can vary). You will attend 4 hours a night Monday through Friday, or 5 hours a night Monday through Thursday or a mixture of both. Ask your Admissions recruiter for the schedule of the class you’ve chosen to attend.

Weekend Classes: 10-week class (start times can vary). You will attend 8 hours a day, Saturday and Sunday. Ask your Admissions recruiter for the schedule of the class you’ve chosen to attend.

Program Outline and Sequence

Program #301, Truck Driver Training

The total number of hours is dependent upon each individual. The minimum number of clock hours is 160. For those who need additional training, we offer a fifth week of instruction at NO charge, or we may offer a night and/or weekend program.

We use Lesson Plans (LP) for all training to ensure consistency throughout our program.

Day Class Program: We teach one lesson plan in the morning and another after lunch.

Night Program: We teach one lesson plan a night.

Weekend Program: We teach one lesson plan in the morning and another after lunch.

CLASSROOM TRAINING:

LP 01: CDL GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (OPEN BOOK MOCK QUIZ)
LP 02: CDL ENDORSEMENTS Part 1 (OPEN BOOK MOCK QUIZZES)
LP 03: CDL ENDORSEMENTS Part 2 (OPEN BOOK MOCK QUIZZES)
LP 04: LOG BOOKS, THE GRAPH AND MONTHLY SUMMARY (QUIZ)
LP 05: MONTHLY SUMMARY SHEET REVIEW & MAP READING (2 QUIZZES)
LP 06: TRIP PLANNING, LOG TRIP 1, HOUSTON
LP 07: MASTER DRIVER SERIES (QUIZ)
LP 08: LOAD MANAGEMENT, CARGO HANDLING, ACCIDENT REPORTING & FIRE FIGHTING (QUIZ)
LP 09: TURNING, BACKING & COUPLE-UNCOUPLE (QUIZ)
LP 10: SHIFTING (Quiz), CMV DRIVER BASICS (QUIZ)

YARD TRAINING: Yard training consists of the following backing maneuvers: Straight, sight-side angle (both 45 and 90 degree), off-set, and blind. Other yard training includes pre-trip, in-cab, in-route, and post trip inspections, coupling and uncoupling both a tractor-trailer and double trailers, sliding fifth-wheels and tandem axles to learn to adjust axle weights, tire chain installation and brake adjusting.

ROAD TRAINING: We focus on the skills you will need. We make MANY right and left hand turns with LOTS of up shifting and down shifting. These skills are practiced on straight roads, tight curves, city driving, 2-lane rural driving, freeway driving, and hill conditions. Our students receive the necessary training to insure they are ready to drive in all conditions, even adverse conditions, weather permitting.

INSTRUCTOR TO STUDENT RATIO

Maximum: Classroom 1 – 18, Yard training 1 – 9, Road training 1 – 3.

STUDENT TO TRUCK RATIO

YARD: 2-1 when possible; never more than 3 - 1. ROAD: 2-1 when possible; never more than 3 - 1