Commercial Truck Driving (CTD)
Have you ever dreamed of driving a big rig? Wondered, what it would be like to span the entire country in less than a week, and then wake up the next day and do it all over again? Then Salina Tech’s Commercial Truck Driving program is the perfect place to start!
Over the Road truck driving is a lifestyle, not a job. Many drivers can be away from home for weeks at a time, while others choose to drive close to home and never miss a day away. And the best part is, you get paid to do it! Whether you are staying in Kansas or seeing America the Beautiful, your dream is our passion!
Salina Tech’s Commercial Truck Driving program is a broad curriculum that blends classroom instruction with over the road driving education. Our team of experienced instructors are here to prepare you for a future in truck driving. From preparation and pre-inspection, to vehicle systems and hazard awareness, the program will teach you everything you need to know to safely operate a big rig for years down the road. Salina Tech! Education for your dream!
This 8-week program is a comprehensive program that meets from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday – Friday (Some night driving will occur during the driving section of the program). The program consists of approximately 225 hours of instruction. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Certificate of Completion from Salina Tech. In addition, during the final week of the program, students will also be given the opportunity to take the CDL driving examination through the Saline County office of the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to receive their Class A CDL license. Licensure is not guaranteed. Students will be expected to spend additional time outside of classroom instruction to increase their pass rate. If the student does not pass the driver’s examination on the first attempt, they may rent the truck and trailer for an additional fee outside of the program’s completion date.
CDL Written Exam Test Prep
All students are required to obtain a valid CDL Learner’s permit before the driving section of the program. A CDL Written Exam test prep will take place the first week of the 8-week program. Students will learn everything they need to know to pass the written CDL exam. Students may schedule a time to take the written exam at any time before the driving section of the course begins. The Saline County DMV office in Salina will proctor tests and issue Learner’s permits.
Included: The tuition cost for the CDL Truck Driving Program is $3,300. This includes approximately 225 hours of training, application fee, institutional fees, and the program textbook.
Not Included: The student will be required to obtain certain items that are not included in the program cost. Before the program begins, students are required to have and provide a valid driver’s license, DOT Medical Card (approx. $100), and a Motor Vehicle Driving Record ($9). Before or during the program, students are required to obtain a CDL Learner’s permit ($13, after written test) and the CDL Class A license ($70, after drive test).
|1.||Demonstrate the ability to think critically.|
|2.||Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.|
|3.||Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.|
|4.||Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.|
Program Outcomes - click here to view program requirements
|1.||Demonstrate proper pre-trip planning, route selection, map reading, and logbook recordkeeping|
|2.||Show proficiency in inspecting a commercial vehicle for compliance and identifying problems during all phases of transportation.|
|3.||Demonstrate basic operation of a commercial vehicle.|
|4.||Demonstrate advanced operation of a commercial vehicle.|
|5.||Demonstrate knowledge of external factors and defensive driving.|
|6.||Demonstrate written and verbal skills with all parties involved with transportation.|
|Control Systems||Recognizing Malfunctions||Emergency Maneuvers|
|Vehicle Systems||Communication||Accident Procedures|
|Transportation||Visual Search||Handling Cargo|
|Vehicle Inspection||Space Management||Cargo Documentation|
|Basic Controls||Speed Management||Special Rigs|
|Shifting||Night Driving||Hours of Service|
|Back & Docking||Extreme Driving Conditions||Trip Planning|
|Coupling & Uncoupling||Skid Control||Transportation Security|
|Sliding 5th Wheel & Tandem Axle||Hazard Awareness||International Routes|
|Preventative Maintenance||Railroad Crossings||Hazardous Materials|
Are you ready to get started on a lifelong journey? Then apply today! The application process is detailed below. Students must be 18 years of age (21 years of age to cross state lines). Students between the ages of 18 and 21 may drive within the State of Kansas until they reach the age of 21. All checklist items must be received before admittance into the program. Please submit all needed documentation to Salina Tech’s Student Services office.
Step 1: Complete the Online Application (mark the circle in front of the phrase "Commercial Truck Driving Program (8 Weeks)").
Step 2: Meet with AO-K Coordinator.
Step 3: Provide Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR - See Driving Record standards for criteria).
Step 4: Provide valid Driver's License (must be valid during entire 8-week program).
Step 5: Complete TB Questionnaire (should come up on screen at end of Online Application).
Step 6: Complete Reading Placement Test (Call Learning Resources, 785-309-3136 to schedule testing).
Step 7: Obtain DOT Medical Card (must be from a DOT-approved physician, see below).
MVR Driving Record
Certain violations while operating a motor vehicle may disqualify you for a period of time up to and including disqualification for life. Below is information regarding these violations which was taken directly from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website regarding obtaining a commercial driver’s license. Students are required to have read and understood the FMCSA’s guidelines for acquiring their CDL license. If any discrepancy between the below guidelines and the FMCSA guidelines exist, the FMCSA guidelines shall take precedence.
Using a CMV or non CMV in the commission of a felony involving manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing a controlled substance will result in a disqualification for life, without the possibility of reinstatement.
Disqualification for Major Offenses(see explanation of major violations below)
The first violation for a major violation, in a CMV or a non-CMV, results in a 1-year disqualification or a 3-year disqualification if transporting hazardous materials required to be placarded. The second violation for a major violation, in a CMV or a non-CMV, results in a lifetime disqualification. The driver may be eligible for reinstatement under certain conditions after 10 years.
Disqualification for Serious Traffic Violations (see explanation of serious violations below)
The first violation for a serious violation does not result in a disqualification. A second serious violation within 3 years, results in a 60-day disqualification, and a third serious violation within 3 years, results in a 120-day disqualification. Serious disqualifications must be served consecutively. All serious violations in a CMV are included. Serious violations in a non-CMV must not be included, unless it results in the revocation, cancellation, or suspension of the CDL holder's license or non-CMV driving privileges.
|Major Violations While Operating a Motor Vehicle|
|Serious Violations While Operating a Motor Vehicle|
An MVR can be viewed and securely purchased online at https://www.accesskansas.org/ssrv-mvr-ltd/. The fee for purchasing a driving record online is $8.70. You can also go to any Kansas Driver's License Exam station and show your current driver's license for identification and make a $10 payment by check or money order payable to "Driver Solutions".
DOT Medical Card - Physical Examination
Students are required to obtain a Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical card before acceptance into the program. Only a DOT approved physician is qualified to give the medical examination. The medical examination will review health history, vision, hearing, blood pressure, physical, and include a drug test. Potential students who fail or do not qualify for the DOT medical card will not be allowed into the program and will not be refunded any fees paid to the physician. Below is link to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that details all aspects of the medical exam. https://cms.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/medical/medical-examination-report-commercial-driver-fitness-determination
The following link will provide you with DOT approved physicians in your area. You may choose a doctor of your choice, from this registry. https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/Drivers.seam