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Truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds per gross vehicle weight (GVW). They deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Some heavy truck drivers transport hazardous materials; such as, chemical waste, and have to take special precautions when driving. Also, these drivers normally carry specialized safety equipment in case of an accident.
Other specialized drivers, such as those carrying liquids, over sized loads, or cars, have to follow rules that apply specifically to them. A driver has to know which roads allow trucks and which do not. Drivers also must plan legally required rest periods into their trip. Some have one or two routes that they drive regularly and other drivers take many different routes throughout the country.
Four weeks of intensive training will prepare students for a career in the trucking industry. Topics include: basic and advanced driving skills, truck components and operation, cost efficient operation, rules and regulations, handling cargo and paper work, first aid, personal health and safety, and driver professionalism. Students will also log over 60 hours of on-the-road driving and observation. This training prepares drivers for a career with a wide variety of carriers. Employment in professional driving may depend on ability to meet employer and/or licensing requirements (i.e., health and drug screening, a satisfactory driving record, driving test, etc.), which is the student’s responsibility.