Commercial Truck Driving
Nothing happens until something moves.
American business depends on trucks and drivers to move more than $700 billion worth of goods around the nation each year.
Salina Tech’s Commercial Truck Driving program uses a broad curriculum that blends classroom instruction with over the road driving education.
From preparation and pre-inspection, to vehicle systems and hazard awareness, the program will teach you everything you need to know to start a new career in just 8 weeks.
This 8-week program meets from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday – Friday (Some night driving will occur during the driving section of the program). The program consists of approximately 336 hours of instruction. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Certificate of Completion from Salina Tech, and have the opportunity to take the CDL driving examination to receive their Class A CDL license.
Already have your CDL? Salina Tech offers a separate online course allowing drivers to earn endorsements for hauling hazardous materials, passengers, and more.
(1) Must be 18 years of age or older (21 years old to cross state lines or to test for Hazardous Materials Endorsement).
(2) Must have a valid Kansas Driver’s License.
(3) Must have a updated Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR) from the DMV.
(4) Must have a “clean” driving record; with no more than 3 points, no drug/alcohol violations that have resulted in a current license suspension, no outstanding tickets or suspensions.
(5) Current DOT Medical Card
(6) Must have no felony convictions involving use of a motor vehicle, or a crime involving drugs, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or hit-and-run driving which resulted in injury or death.
(7) Must be able to read and speak English well enough to understand traffic signs, prepare necessary reports, and speak to law enforcement, or the general public.
(8) Must have dependable transportation to and from class.
(9) Must have and maintain a positive attitude with staff and fellow students as well as a commitment to safe driving.
What You Will Learn
Interpret and use vehicle control systems
Back and dock of a CMV
Execute the coupling/uncoupling of a tractor trailer
Perform visual search
Properly manage vehicle speed
Identify and avoid potential driving hazards
Analyze vehicle systems and components and assess malfunctions
Illustrate knowledge in handling and documenting cargo
Demonstrate understanding of accident scenes and reporting procedures
Organize trips for most efficient outcomes
Outline proper management of personal resources while on the road
Observe Hour of Service requirements through proper record keeping.
Heavy Equipment Operator