Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds per gross vehicle weight. They deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Working as a long-haul truck driver is a major lifestyle choice because these drivers can be away from home for days or weeks at a time. They spend much of this time alone.
Trainees come to the course after obtaining their commercial driver’s learners permit (CLP) and DOT physical. WCA’s Regional Training Center has a 1.1 mile off-road track and skills pad on site. Students learn the required aspects of truck driving with an emphasis on off road driving and construction site driving to prepare students for working in the construction and energy industries. Job placement assistance is available for successful graduates.
Subjects covered include:
- Control and Vehicle Systems
- Basic Control, Shifting and Backing
- Coupling / Uncoupling
- Visual Search and Communication
- Speed and Space Management
- Night and Extreme Driving Conditions
- Hazard Perception
- Railroad Crossing and Emergency Maneuvers and Skid Control & Recovery
- Special Rigs
- Preventative Maintenance, Diagnosing & Reporting Malfunctions
- Handling Cargo and Cargo Documentation
- Hazardous Materials
- Hours of Service and Trip Planning
- Accident Procedures
- Personal Health & Safety, Public & Employer Relations
Students are tested by our third party testers.
- Wyoming CDL - A Permit, including General Knowledge, Air Brake, Tanker and Combination Vehicle
- DOT Physical and 5 year Motor Vehicle Record from the DMV
- Strong Work Ethic
- Steel Toe Boots and appropriate work attire
Students will receive a certificate of course completion.
e WCARTC is an Accredited Private Post-secondary Educational Institution registered with the Department of Education in the State of Wyoming. The facility is located in Casper, WY and is currently housed on 76 acres and includes over 22,000 square feet of classroom space. The location also includes a shop, heavy equipment training area, three rig pads, with a drilling rig, and training derrick. The facility has a 1.2 mile driving track along with a skills pad used to teach commercial truck driving skills. The WCARTC has trained across the Rocky Mountain Region as well as in Canada and Mexico. WCARTC staff backgrounds are comprised of multiple years of experience with construction, heavy equipment, Federal and State DOT compliance, law enforcement, occupational safety, transportation, medical administration, as well as extensive training experience in the oil and gas service industry.
The WCA Regional Training Center is owned and operated by the Wyoming Contractors Association (WCA). The WCA is a 501 (c) (6) organization that has been in existence since 1932. In 1998, members of the WCA developed the Construction Careers Foundation a 501 (c) (3). The Foundation, in cooperation with the Wyoming Contractors Association, originally purchased 38 acres of property in Casper, Wyoming and built what was then called the WCA McMurry Regional Training Center with the purpose of providing technical education and safety training to construction firms during the winter season. The training center opened in February 2001 with 5,000 square feet of classroom space and later expanded in 2008 with the addition of its current classroom building. In December 2014, the WCA Board of Directors approved a name change from the WCA’s McMurry Training Center to the WCA Regional Training Center.
What We Do
The Wyoming Contractors Association Regional Training Center (WCARTC) provides industry driven, short-term, high intensity training programs that allow students to focus on developing knowledge and skills for a career in high demand industries.
WCARTC currently has a staff of 8 full-time instructors, an administrative support staff of 7 including a Training and Apprenticeship Manager, a Business Development Manager, a Facilities and Equipment Manager, a Recruiter, an Administrative Assistant, a Cafeteria Manager and a Center Director. WCARTC instructors have extensive industry experience and professional certifications across a broad spectrum of construction, energy, medical, safety and technology disciplines. Instructors are credentialed through numerous credentialing organizations including PEC Premier, National Safety Council, American Red Cross and the National Center for Construction Education (NCCER). Some are also certified to provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 hour and 30 hour training.