Truck Driving

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The Transportation Industry is growing and there is a high demand for well-trained drivers. This eight-week course utilizes state-of-the-art simulator training, classroom instruction, range and road driving, and practical application of skills used in the operation of a tractor-trailer.

The truck driving course prepares students to complete the written exams and the driving exam necessary to receive a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with all endorsements. The course meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines. Students who successfully complete the entire course will receive a class "A" Commercial Driver License, a certificate of completion and be qualified to secure an entry-level job as a Commercial Motor Vehicle driver. To obtain a Certificate of Completion the student must pass all Texas Department of Public Safety requirements for a Class A Commercial Driver License issued by the State of Texas and miss no more than 2 days of class. Students will have ample training, opportunity and assistance to talk with visiting recruiters, apply for employment, and pass the DPS written and skills tests with an Amarillo College vehicle.

Prerequisites

  1. Student must be 18 years of age at the commencement of the course   
  2. Student will be required to have a DOT physical (Department of Transportation Medical Card) and drug screen before the first day of class. These documents must be presented on the first class day. Cost of the physical and drug screen is not included. Please note that per federal guidelines, drug screen results must be within 30 days of the start of class. The following link explains the physical qualifications for a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver: https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=1&ty=HTML&h=L&mc=true&=PART&n=pt49.5.391#sp49.5.391.e 
  3. Student must have a current, eligible and valid Texas Driver License. Student must apply for a Class A Learner Permit (CLP) at the Texas Department of Public Safety office before class begins and present this document on the first class day. Prospective students may check their license eligibility at the following link: https://www.texas.gov/licenseeligibility  

 

For additional information please call 806-335-4370.

Program Length 16 weeks  -- 336 hours of instruction -- 16 hours college credit -- $4,908.00

Accelerated 8-week option available  -- 336 hours -- 16 hours college credit -- $4,908.00

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Fall 2019/Spring 2020:   

 Amarillo  October 28 -  December 19, 2019  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
   January 21 -  May 15, 2020  Night classes are 5:30 pm - 10:15 pm, Monday through Thursday
   January 21 -  March 13, 2020  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
   March 23 -  May 15, 2020  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
 Hereford  October 28 -  December 19, 2019  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
   January 21 -  March 13, 2020  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
   March 23 -   May 15, 2020  7;30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
 Dumas  October 28 -  December 19, 2019  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
   January 21 -  March 13, 2020  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
   March 23 -   May 15, 2020  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

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Estimated Fees, Books and Other Expenses 

Item

Cost

Books
Uniform shirts

DOT Medical Card & Drug Screen (estimate)

DPS Fees (estimate)

Ear Buds (estimate)

Total required fees, books, other

Tuition:

58.00

81.00

100.00

86.00

4.00

329.00

4,908.00

Estimated Total Program Cost:

$5,237.00

 

The Commercial Driver License Program is also available through Continuing Education. Visit here for more information.

Curriculum

  1. Commercial Drivers License Written Skills - Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License written test. In-depth coverage of general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicle, doubles and triples, tankers, and hazardous materials. Includes preparation for mastery of the Commercial Drivers License written examination.
  2. Commercial Drivers License Driving Skills - Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License driving test. In-depth coverage of in-cab air brake test, proper shifting, right and left-hand turns, movement in traffic, parking of a tractor trailer, highway and city driving, and backward movement and control.
  3. Commercial Drivers License Overview - Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License written test and preparation for mastery of the Commercial Drivers License written examination.
  4. Fundamental Driving Skills - Operation of a tractor-trailer combination. Emphasis on the safe maneuvering and control of the tractor-trailer in numerous traffic situations and sharing the highway with other vehicles.
  5. Semi Tractor-Trailer Operator Driving Skills - Operation of a tractor-trailer combination in city and highway conditions including control and maneuvering of the vehicle through various traffic situations with numerous tractor-trailer combinations.
  6. Advanced Driving Skills I - Operation of a tractor-trailer combination in city and highway conditions including control and maneuvering of the vehicle through various traffic situations with numerous tractor-trailer combinations.
  7. Advanced Driving Skills II - Continuation of tractor-trailer operation in city and highway conditions. Emphasis on practical applications of space management techniques, improved methods for control in difficult traffic situations, and effective operation in various conditions.

Related Careers

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver
Light Truck or Delivery Services Driver

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator

Diesel Mechanics Technology

What does this career do?

Typical Tasks:

  • Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
  • Maneuver trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned.
  • Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
  • Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
  • Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.
  • Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
  • Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.
  • Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with state regulations.
  • Obtain receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collect payment for services when required.
  • Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions.
     

How well does it pay?

Average pay for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers is $66,000 per year. That is about $5,500 per month, or $34.00 per hour. New workers generally start around $41,000, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $80,000 - $100,000.

 

    

Is it growing or declining?

This career has increased over the last 2 years, and is expected to grow by 8% over the next 10 years. 

 

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Registration

Amarillo, Texas:

Amarillo College Truck Driving Academy
East Campus Logistics Training Center

1310 F Avenue, Amarillo, TX  79111
Tel: (806) 335-4370

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Amarillo College Washington Street Campus
2201 S. Washington St
Tel: (806) 371-5000

Dumas, Texas:
 
Moore County Campus Career and Technical Center
115 Success Blvd.
Dumas, Texas
Tel: ( 806) 379-2726

Hereford, Texas:

McDougal Hinson Memorial Campus
1115 West 15th Street, Hereford, TX 79045
Tel: (806) 379-2700