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
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 important.
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.
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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 $30,000 per year with full benefits. The need has been so great for good employees, some companies pay experienced drivers as much as $100,000 annually.