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TDDS Technical Institute – Lake Milton, OH

1688 North Pricetown Rd, Lake Milton, OH 44429

(330) 538-2216 | Alt: (800) 475-8337 | Website

Since 1973, TDDS Technical Institute has been training Diesel Mechanics and Truck Drivers. Located in Lake Milton, near Akron, Ohio, TDDS has a wonderful year-round environment for diesel mechanic and truck driver training.


If you’re looking for a truck driving school, TDDS offers a variety of programs to fit your needs and level of experience. For starters, we have a CDL training course designed for drivers with no previous commercial driving experience.

At our truck driving school, we also offer programs designed for individuals and companies that want to upgrade their skills. Whether you need a Class A and/or B refresher course or need hazardous materials training, TDDS is here to guide you. And those are just a few of the truck driving training programs we have to offer!

Read more about our Truck Driver Training program.


If you’re looking for a diesel mechanic training school in Ohio, then TDDS is the perfect place to start. We offer a bumper-to-bumper education that allows our students to work on and repair live equipment – not simulators – so they can get a real feel during training. And since every detail matters, we keep our class sizes small to maximize your opportunity to excel.

In addition to our great programs, consider the other perks of attending TDDS:

Affordable student housing

We offer Title IV funding (which most trucking schools don’t)

An accredited education

Job placement opportunities


TDDS Technical Institute has been training since 1973. Our Class “A” CDL training program is qualifying for Federal student loans and grants. TDDS takes you from A to Z. Classroom training will include CDL permit prep to enable you to pass your permit tests. All endorsements will be covered; Tanker, Hazardous Materials, and Double/Triple Trailers. Producing safe truck drivers is a TDDS goal, so students will be taught proper logbook skills, trip planning and map reading, accident prevention, and safety and mechanical issues. Every student will practice shifting techniques, backing and turning, as well as proper pre-trip inspection of the truck. Instructors will emphasize the skills required to pass the CDL exam. The CDL skills test will be administered by a state certified CDL examiner using the same equipment used during training.

We have three distinct types of truck driver training programs: a 16/25- weeks externship program, a 5-week residency program, and a 6-week residency program with passenger endorsement.

During your CDL course externship program, you can take an in-depth look at pre-trip inspections, trip planning, cargo handling, map reading, vehicle systems, CDL tankers, CDL hazardous materials, CDL doubles and triples, and tarping and chaining. Your externship experience can introduce you to company procedures, on- and off-street driving operations, and public and employer relations.

Unit 1 – Classroom Training

Orientation to TDDS Rules & LRC, Veh. Fam. Map Reading

CSA / IRP / IFTA (DOT Physicals) Trip Planning

Traffic Signs & Laws / Comm Lic / GK Accident Reporting

General Knowledge DDC PTD / Alcohol & Drug Regulations

Air Brakes Cargo Securement/Sliding Tandems

Combination Veh./Doubles & Triples Hours of Service

Hazardous Materials & Tanker Hours of Service Test/Practice Logs

Hands-On Coupling and Uncoupling Auto On-Board Recording Device

Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations Finals/Pre-Trip Inspection

Entry Level/Pre-Trip Inspection (Drug Screen) SL Backing and Shifting

Unit 2 – Maneuverability & Road Training

Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Maneuverability Training on Premises

Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Road Driving Training on Public Roadways

Unit 3 – Company Externship

The Externship portion of training includes, but is not limited to:

Company Orientation Road Driving Operations Docking Procedures

Pre-Trip Inspections Post-Trip Inspections Coupling & Uncoupling

Personal Health & Safety Public & Employer Relations Trip Planning

Map Reading Hours of Service/Logbooks Personal & Road Economics

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