Truck Driver Training
The Truck Driver Training curriculum at Surry Community College prepares individuals to drive tractor trailers rigs. This program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles.
The course work includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security, and fire protection. Highway driving, training range exercises, and classroom lectures are used to develop the student’s knowledge and skills. Graduates of the curriculum are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owners/operators and work as private contract haulers.
Our truck driver training program started in 1990 with one truck and a few students. Today we have over 90 pieces of equipment and have graduated over 2,000 CDL drivers in the past 10 years. We offer full-time day classes requiring 9 weeks to complete and a part-time evening class (Hudson only) that takes 15 weeks.
The trucking industry continues to be a major employer in the United States, with almost 9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs. Over 3 million of these are drivers of tractor-trailers operated by over 550,000 interstate motor carriers. More than 80% of U.S. cities receive their goods exclusively from trucks.
Now as freight and the economy begin to turn around the trucking industry is facing a growing epidemic across the country. As the driver shortage epidemic grows larger every day, entry-level drivers are entering a demanding field where there is a premium placed on quality student drivers fresh out of school.
At CCC&TI we have a very successful job placement program with numerous local and national trucking companies recruiting our graduates during and after each class. During the past 12 month reporting period, CCC&TI graduated 225 students with 88% of those being pre-hired prior to graduation.
Graduates from our program can expect to average $50,000 or more their first year and up to $60,000 or better with one year of experience.
CCC&TI is an affordable, convenient higher education and career training option serving the people of Caldwell and Watauga counties and beyond. We strive to have a positive impact on the lives of the students we serve, to support economic development and to offer diverse services and opportunities that improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.
- Do you have financial assistance?
A truck driver training scholarship fund may be available to assist students with tuition costs.
- What type of equipment will be used during training?
We have single axle day-cabs, tandem axle conventional sleeper tractors with 9 and 10 speed manual transmissions and 48 & 53 foot semi trailers.
Several trailers will be loaded during the road driving portion of the class.
- Do all class schedules include night driving?
All PTDI certified classes are required to have at least 1 hour driving at night. Night driving for the day class will be planned after normal scheduled hours.
- Do you do job placement?
We work with many major carriers and local trucking companies that will hire our graduates. Recruiters from these companies also visit our classes.