American business moves by truck, and the demand for reliable drivers is always high.
Graduates of Scott Community College's ten-week Truck Driving program are sought for
employment by area and national trucking firms who visit or call the campus regularly
The 10-week program provides a minimum of 32 hours per week behind the wheel, city
and highway driving. Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations are
thoroughly covered. An important component is the first aid and CPR course.
The program devotes 64 hours to classroom instruction. Students are also prepared
to take and pass the Commercial Driver's License exam, a necessity for all commercial
drivers in the United States. Graduates earn nine hours of college credit.
Description of the Profession
A truck driver is a professional who may drive for a company, but is basically in
business for him or herself. He or she must be good at time and business management
and be committed to safe and courteous driving in all kinds of weather.
Drivers must know how to navigate a route that may take them all the way across the
United States, and they must know their vehicle inside and out. Truck drivers may
find themselves on the road for two weeks at a time, making the preceding skills extremely
A local driver may be required to load and unload the trailer. Over-the-road drivers
who haul palletized loads are not required to load or unload. Different loads make
various demands of the driver.
Overall, a truck driving professional takes pride in his or her work and company,
and consequently, may earn a great living with full benefits. After some experience,
a driver may become an owner-operator.
- Vehicle Inspection (pre and post-trip)
- Proper Driving Procedures
- Keeping Log Books (For safety and legality)
- Responsibility for Freight
Overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow
21 percent over the 2010-20 decade, which is about as fast as the average for all
occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, which will
lead to more job opportunities. Because it is such a large occupation, 291,900 new
jobs will be created over the 2008-18 period.
For details, please visit this link http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Placement opportunities for gradate of Scott Community College’s Truck Driver Training
program are excellent. The Occupational Outlook Handbook states, “The occupation has
among the largest number of job openings each year...growth in demand will create
thousands of openings...”
Locally, our graduates can expect the same. Most graduates land a good job right away
- many before graduation. The reputation of SCC's Truck Driving program is so strong,
that trucking firms visit the campus regularly to solicit applications from our students.
Our strong program completion and placement rates are proof.
Salaries start at about $32,000 per year with full benefits. The need has been so
great for good employees, some companies pay experienced drivers as much as $60,000
to $70,000 annually.