Truck Driving

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Program Description


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 to recruit.


 

The program devotes three weeks to classroom instruction. Students are familiarized with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, vehicle equipment and operations, logging, trip planning, mapping, and other requirements and expectations of commercial drivers. Students are prepared to take the state written tests to obtain a CDL A permit during this time.

Scott’s ten week truck driver training program provides seven weeks of behind the wheel training involving rural, urban, highway and interstate driving. Defensive driving techniques and safe operations of the vehicle are thoroughly covered and students are prepared to take the state performance exams for a CDL A license.

Graduates of our program, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, earn ten college credits. Placement assistance is available to students completing the program.

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 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.

Typical Duties

  • Vehicle Inspection (pre and post-trip)
  • Proper Driving Procedures
  • Keeping Log Books (For safety and legality)
  • Responsibility for Freight

Job Outlook


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.

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Employment Opportunities


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.

Overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow 21 percent over the next 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 next decade.

The program includes:


Commercial drivers license requirements, truck maintenance/ inspections, defensive driving, safe operations, emergency maneuvers, trip planning, logging, freight billings, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, rural, city, highway and interstate operations, and CDL testing by Scott state certified examiners on site.

To Sign Up:

  • Complete an application for admission.

  • Complete the Course Registration Card.

  • Make your payment at the Business Office. (You must pay at the time of registration). If a third party is paying, bring in the payment voucher.

  • Meet with Ray Hitchcock, Program Facilitator. He can be reached at 563-441-4217 or rhitchcock@eicc.edu

  • Complete your Department of Transportation physical and drug test prior to the start of classes.

    • All tests will have forms to complete and sign. Contact Alltest, Inc. at 563-326-5855 to schedule an appointment. Return the signed documents on the first day of class. The documents are used for college purposes; they are not used for company hiring.

    • Cost of the DOT physical and drug test is additional and paid by the student.

  • Secure a copy of your motor vehicle record from your state DMV.

 

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Locations: Scott Community College