CDL TRAINING COURSE
CDL Training Course Overview
The 20-day CDL (commercial driver's license) Training Course teaches students procedures and techniques through hands-on experience and classroom theory. Through Midwest Technical Institute’s CDL training, students will learn how to correctly and safely perform required skill standards and be trained for an entry-level truck driver position.
The CDL classes will help prepare the student to pass the state licensing exam and obtain a Class A CDL with the issuing state. The CDL course provides the student knowledge of the issuing state’s CDL, driver safety, air brakes, combination vehicles, log books, trip planning, public and employee relations requirements.
Upon meeting completion requirements of the course, the student will receive a certificate of completion.
MTI also offers a Professional Truck Driving Program which prepares students for a career as a truck driver through a comprehensive 20-week training program.
*Not all programs and courses are available at all campuses.
• State CDL Knowledge
• Driving Safety
• Air Brakes
• Combination Vehicles
• Log Books
• Trip Planning
• Public and Employee Relations
Week 2-4: Range, Road & Remedial
• Reading and Interpreting Control Systems
• Pre-trip Vehicle Inspections
• Post-trip Vehicle Condition Reports
• Shift Execution
• Backing, Parking and Docking Procedures
• Coupling and Uncoupling Trailers
• Managing and Adjusting Vehicle Speed
• Managing and Adjusting Vehicle Space Relations
• Identifying Potential Driving Hazards
• Performing Emergency Maneuvers
• Identifying and Adjusting to Extreme Driving Conditions
• Planning Trips and Recording & Maintaining Hours
CDL Truck Driver FAQ
- According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.” *www.bls.gov
- The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $45,260 in May 2019. *www.bls.gov
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “most heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers’ routes are assigned by a dispatcher, but some independent drivers still plan their own routes. Some drivers have one or two routes that they drive regularly, and others drivers take many different routes throughout the country. Also, some drivers have routes that include Mexico or Canada.” *www.bls.gov
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers will increase by 2% from 2019 to 2029. *www.bls.gov
- The total cost of the CDL Training Course is $4,000.
CDL Training at Midwest Technical Institute
There are a lot of career paths for commercial truck drivers, from local jobs to part-time opportunities. CDL classes at MTI can prepare students for entry-level truck driver positions. The CDL Training Course is a combination of classroom instruction where students learn the state CDL manuals, and behind-the-wheel training on the range where they will practice driving maneuvers. Students will also gain experience on the open road, preparing them for the real-world experience of driving a truck. Instructors are experienced professionals who offer hands-on training, teaching students how to correctly and safely perform the required skill standards necessary for an entry-level truck driving position.
The MTI truck driving school at the Springfield, MO campus prepares students to pass the state licensing exam and obtain a Class A CDL license with the issuing state. The CDL Training Course provides the student knowledge of the issuing state’s CDL, driver safety, air brakes, combination vehicles, log books, trip planning, public and employee relations requirements.
In addition to driving tractor trailers and transporting goods around the country, truck drivers with a Class A CDL license can also be bus drivers, delivery truck drivers, and heavy machinery operators. Truck drivers must also be able to secure cargo, carefully inspect and maintain their rig, and follow all applicable federal and state driving regulations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.” The BLS predicts the job outlook for truck drivers will increase by 2% from 2019 to 2029. *www.bls.gov
CDL Vehicles Include: Dry Vans, Tankers, Flatbeds, Dump Trucks, Low Boys, Cargo Containers, Livestock Trucks, Drop Decks, Cement Trucks, Grain Trucks and Wreckers
MTI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
MTI is a member of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA).
MTI is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education: 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701. For more info: www.ibhe.org