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Del Mar College – Corpus Christi, TX

4101 Old Brownsville Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78405

(361) 698-2707 | Alt: (800) 652-3357 | Website


CVOP 1015/CVOP 1013

The objective of Professional Truck Driver 1 is to provide our students with basic knowledge and skills in preparation for successfully completing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam. An individual successfully completing this program will experience the ability to safely operate a tractor-trailer. A full-time student will be scheduled for 200 clock hours to be completed within 5 weeks.


This section consists of 40 clock hours(Lab/Pre-Requisite), and 10 clock hours classroom instruction is designed to provide the student with information necessary to obtain the requirements for a CLP (Class A Learners Permit). Material includes: Special Requirements, Air Brakes, General Knowledge, and Combination Vehicle. Students will be provided an essential program of study required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) to all Entry Level training applicants.


This section, consisting of 80 clock hours of behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to provide students with the ability to safely maneuver a tractor-trailer unit into a park position. This instruction includes straight-line backing, alley docking, off-set backing, blind-side parallel parking, coupling & uncoupling, 8-step brake test and pre-trip inspection.


This section, consisting of 70 clock hours of behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to prepare students to safely operate a tractor-trailer unit. Students will practice the proper methods of shifting techniques, approaching intersections, left/right hand turns, entering/exiting freeway ramps, and using mirrors while driving both forward and backwards in congestive traffic. Students will be required to maintain a Driver’s Daily Log. Progress will be documented daily. On the last day of class/road training, student will be given a driver’s certification road test. Students must successfully achieve this certification to be eligible to attempt final skills test.

Note: Del Mar College is a certified 3rd Party Testing facility. DMC Students who successfully pass certification will be scheduled for their CDL driving skills test at out facility.

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