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North American Trade School – Baltimore, MD

6901 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21244

(410) 298-4844 | Website


The objective of the Commercial Truck Driving Program is to train students for entry level positions as qualified CDL drivers in over-the-road or local driving vehicles. The focus of the course is on basic information about trucks, truck driving and the commercial trucking industry and the fundamentals of operating trucks and tractor trailers. No prior education or experience with commercial trucks is required. The student, however, must meet the driver qualifications set forth by the Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety and pass the physical examination requirements established by the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.).

Graduates of the Commercial Truck Driving program will be trained and able to assume entry-level positions as local and over the road tractor trailer drivers, truck drivers light 97105, delivery truck drivers, van drivers, dump truck drivers, and drivers of other vehicles relating to the transport industry.


A graduate of our Commercial Truck Driving program here in Baltimore, MD will be trained in the critical areas of Commercial Truck Driving. Our program prepares students to successfully pass the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test. This includes classroom preparation to pass the CDL permit test, introduction to logbooks, route planning, and pre-trip inspections. Students then practice the required maneuvers on the range. This set up is similar to what they will need to demonstrate competence in when they take the CDL test. The final portion of this trade program is on the road training. Students will learn shifting techniques, proper lane control, and prepare to demonstrate competencies that are required to successfully pass the driving portion of the CDL test.


Students who graduate from our CDL program will have opportunities in various driving jobs and be licensed to operate vehicles with air brakes and a combined vehicle weight in excess of 26,001 pounds and able to haul a trailer that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. With a Class A CDL license students can drive anything below this weight class as well. Separate endorsements are offered as additional upgrades to their CDL license. Most graduates go on to work as truck drivers, delivery drivers, heavy truck operators and many other driving positions.


There are very few decisions you will make in your lifetime that will have more impact on your lifestyle than the decision to enhance your skills.

The North American Trade School offers persons seeking a secure future the opportunity to earn a lifestyle of which you can be proud.

Since 1971, North American Trade School has graduated job ready trades people and truck drivers.

North American Trade School is dedicated to the principle that skilled training should be directed to the needs of the individual and employer. Emphasis is placed on quality workmanship, proper attitude, and good attendance in order to prepare graduates for employment and advancement.

At the North American Trade School, we realize the importance of your goals and commit ourselves to help you make them a reality.


Here is the story of how North American Trade Schools Maryland came to be:

The Diesel Institute of America (DIA) was conceived in 1970 by Sheldon Monsein, then President of Central GMC/Kenworth, Inc. in Landover, Maryland. His idea for a training institute was born out of a need for additional qualified diesel mechanics to repair the hundreds of vehicles at his facility.

Soon after, DIA offered the first class in a 500-square-foot garage in Landover and thus became the first of the Maryland diesel trade schools. As word spread in the industry concerning the availability of skillful, school-trained diesel mechanics, Diesel Institute of America began to grow.

In September 1983, Diesel Institute of America opened in Grantsville, Maryland. In September 1986, DIA began offering commercial truck driver training. In 2002, Diesel Institute was purchased and is presently owned by EFC Trade. In May 2004, Diesel Institute of America relocated from Grantsville, Maryland to its present location in Baltimore, and the name was changed to North American Trade Schools

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