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					                        TRUCK DRIVING
                                COURSE DESCRIPTION
     The mission of the Truck Driving Program is to prepare students for “entry-level”
employment as tractor-trailer drivers by providing the identified knowledge and per-
formance skills necessary to pass the Commercial Driver’s test.
     The course consists of 216 hours of intensive classroom and behind-the-wheel
training that builds skills in safety practices, operation and maintenance of vehicles and
non-vehicle activities in trucking. Instruction includes operation of vehicles on the
interstate, on two-lane highways, in the city, and backing and maneuvering. Also
included are recordkeeping and performing pre-trip/post-trip inspections and defensive
driving habits.
     The program emphasizes safe and efficient work practices, and basic occupation-
al and employability skills. Before beginning road training, students must obtain a
Commercial Driver’s License permit by passing the written CDL test.
     Truck Driving is offered at the Main Campus.

                            CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
     Demand for drivers is higher than ever in the trucking industry and job opportu-
nities are numerous. Since the Memphis Metropolitan Service Area is America’s dis-
tribution center, both local and long-distance jobs are available. Working for compa-
nies that employ long-distance drivers is the best way to advance to other positions
such as dispatcher, manager, or traffic safety worker.

                            UNITS OF INSTRUCTION
              I.    Orientation
             II.    TN CDL and Endorsements
            III.    Map Reading
            IV.     DOT Regulations & Logging
             V.     Substance Abuse & Blood Borne Diseases
           VI.      Vehicle and Vehicle Component Orientation
           VII.     Safety
          VIII.     Couple & Uncouple
           IX.      Backing
             X.     Road Driving
           XI.      Weather & Road Conditions
           XII.     Public Relations
          XIII.     Freight Documents
          XIV.      Cargo Handling
           XV.      Organization
          XVI.      Employability Skills
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                  SPECIAL ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
* Must be at least 21 years of age
* Must pass Certified Medical Exam required by the Department of Transportation
* Must hold a valid Tennessee or Mississippi Driver’s license.
* Must submit motor vehicle report establishing no more than two moving violations
  within the last three years and no DUI or DWI convictions within the last 5 years
* Must pass substance abuse test conducted by a TTC endorsed drug bank.

                             PROGRAM LENGTH
                             1/2 Trimester - 216 Hrs.

                 CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMA LEVELS
Class A - CDL                                         Diploma              216 Hrs
*CDL Test administered by Department of Motor Vehicle




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