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Commercial Truck Driving

Industry Description
Truck drivers are a constant presence on the nation's highways and interstates, delivering three out of every four tons of goods shipped in the country. Firms of all kinds rely on trucks for pickup and delivery of goods because no other form of transportation can deliver goods door to door. Even if goods travel in part by ship, train, or airplane, trucks carry nearly all goods at some point in their journey from producer to consumer. This trend, combined with increased pay and benefit packages provided by motor carrier employers has led to the strong demand for commercial truck drivers.  

Department Overview
Commercial Truck Driving offers short-term courses that provide students the potential for immediate employment in a living wage job upon successful completion. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires specialized training in the areas of driver qualification, hours of service, driver wellness, and whistleblower protection for entry-level drivers who are subject to the commercial driver's license requirements (49 CFR Part 380). The Commercial Truck Driving program provides the mandatory training for the Washington State Commercial Truck Driving License requirements for both new and renewing drivers. Students learn to maneuver large vehicles on crowded streets and in highway traffic, as well as learn to inspect trucks and freight for compliance with regulations. The Commercial Truck Driving curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members. Students must provide proof of lawful permanent residency or U.S. Citizenship when applying for this certification. ONE of the following six approved, government-issued documents will need to be presented to the Department of Licensing: Valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, government-issued birth certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, permanent resident card "Green Card", or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Photocopies are not accepted.

Steve Harvey Office Hours:
3pm to 4 pm Monday - Friday
(Walla Walla Campus)

WWCC offers a Truck Driver Training Certificate and an Advanced Truck Driver Training Certificate.

In addition to receiving a certificate, Flagger training is also offered, which aids in receiving a Hazmat endorsement. If planning to work in a city, county, state department of transportation, or federal job, most of them require flagger and first aid training.

The Commercial Truck Driving program also offers a passenger and school bus endorsement.

Career Opportunities
C. R. England Sherman Brothers Trucking
Gainey Transportation Services Swift Transportation Co., Inc
Gordon Trucking, Inc. Trans-System
Interstate Distributor Co. U.S. Xpress
Puget Sound Truck Lines Werner Enterprises
Averitt Express Covenant Transport
CRST Malone CRST Van Expedited
Hot CDL Jobs Driver Trak

See WWCC web site under Financial Aid for current list of scholarships available.

Entrance Requirements
The prospective student must have a valid state license with NO current driving privilege suspension in any state; demonstrated physical qualifications by passing a D.O.T. physical examination and drug screening as required by FMCSR part 391; meet current hiring standards as set by the trucking industry; be 18 years of age or older; and have instructor permission. Students may enter the program in fall, winter, or spring quarter.

Other Information
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