Pursue a career in CDL Truck Driving. This course consists of 7 weeks of training in the career field of commercial truck driving. Develop skills needed to drive a tractor-trailer safely, efficiently and legally. Receive your CDL License upon successful program completion.
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CDL Truck Driving Program
Pursue a career in truck driving after completing a 2 1/2 month CDL program. This course consists of 10 weeks of training in the career field of commercial truck driving. Develop skills needed to drive a tractor-trailer safely, efficiently and legally. Receive your CDL License upon successful program completion.
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CDL TRAINING COURSE DESCRIPTION
This program involves 10 weeks of comprehensive training in the Career field of commercial truck driving. Emphasis is placed on development of the basic skills and knowledge needed to drive a tractor-trailer safely, efficiently and legally. After successfully completing this program, the student will have their CDL A license, and should be prepared to meet the requirements necessary for an entry-level driving position.
Students have the opportunity to complete additional training to obtain a CDL B endorsement.
The mission of John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center: Instruction and learning lay the foundation that students build upon to be career ready.
CDL COURSE INTRODUCTION
The JDRCC truck driving training program is divided into two 5-week periods. The first 5 weeks are described as the range work. Initial training begins with the basic operation of the commercial vehicles. This includes start-up procedures, shifting, coupling and backing rigs. An introduction to “hours-of service” will also be covered, and then re-capped later in the course. Within the first 2 weeks the student should acquire their Commercial Driver’s License permit from the DMV.
The second 5-week period is described as road work. This course focuses primarily on safe commercial vehicle operation on the public roads and highways. Defensive driving techniques, extreme driving conditions, driving proficiency and trip planning are included in this final 5-weeks. The student should also acquire their Commercial Driver’s License which consists of a 3 part test on skills, inspection and road work.
CDL TRAINING COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. To develop performance objectives relating to the “real world” of commercial truck driving life-style and its challenges.
2. To develop knowledge objectives necessary to carry out daily routine functions safely and within legal limits.
3. To develop skill objectives necessary to control the commercial vehicle in all types of situations.
4. To develop attitude objectives that students need in order to become successful, professional truck drivers.
CDL TRAINING PROGRAM TOPICS
1. Program orientation; rules, policies and procedures.
2. Control systems and starting procedures.
3. CDL Safety overview: range procedures
4. Double-clutching, up-shift and down-shift techniques.
5. Coupling and un-coupling procedures.
6. CDL Hours-of-service requirements
7. Range work: turns, trailer off-tracking, backing
CDL Road Course
1. Safety overview: smith system®, heavy traffic, extreme driving conditions.
2. Road work: highway, mountain and night drive, scales.
3. Handling cargo, documentation, shipper/receiver ops.
4. Trip planning, size and weight limitations.
5. Entry-level Driver Requirements.
6. Job Seeking
7. Public and Employer relations.
CDL PROGRAM TEXT AND REQUIRED SUPPLIES
1. Commercial Driver’s License Manual (available from your states MVA)
2. Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas (suggested, not required)
3. Notebook, pen, pencil.
4. A truck driver training manual will be issued for use. Throughout the course homework assignments will be given from the book. Please do not write in the book, it must be returned undamaged at the end of the course in order to receive your certificate.
5. Useful items: jersey gloves, Pen flashlight
1. Evacuation Procedures: see instructions posted on the classroom wall by the front door.
2. First Aid Kit: is located in the classroom, by the key box.
3. Emergency Closings: Due to inclement weather, etc. the JDRCC CDL Program will observe the same closing or delay policy as Hancock County Schools. Look for announcements on local radio and television stations such as WTOV 9 or 106.3 FM. boe.hancock.k12.wv.us also lists a variety of websites that carry school cancellations or delays. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor this.
4. Road Accidents and Emergencies: Accident kits are located in each road truck with specific instructions on what to do in emergency situations.
Students are permitted to use the computer in the classroom when given permission and there is sufficient time. Arrangements can be made to use the school computer lab upon request. No eating or drinking is permitted while using any computer at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center. The student (prior to using the computers) in accordance with Hancock County Schools Technology Acceptable Use Policy must sign a telecommunications agreement.
FIRE DRILL PROCEDURE
Fire drills are conducted periodically at the school. The procedure is as follows:
1. When the fire alarm sounds, students must stop working immediately.
2. Exit the classroom and proceed down the hall and out the back door to the rear parking lot in a straight line. The last person out of the classroom turns off the lights and closes the door.
3. Walk to the back of the parking lot away from the building, class rolls will be taken.
4. If you are in another area of the school, leave the school at the nearest exit and join the class in the designated area of the Career Center parking lot.
5. When notified that it is safe to enter the building, return to the classroom.
CDL TRAINING COURSE OUTLINE AND SCHEDULE:
Tentative weekly schedule NOTE:(Lessons require mandatory participation. If missed, re-cycle to next class may be required!)
The approximate week each activity will occur and the number of class hours devoted to it are listed below.
CDL Training Range Course:
1 (6 hrs.) Introduction: Signing forms, explaining policies, CDL general knowledge.
1 (3 hrs.) Vehicle control systems: Gauges and controls, CDL general knowledge.
1 (6 hrs.) SAFETY: Safe operations and basic range safety, CDL general knowledge.
1 (3 hrs.) Starting procedures: required steps to start-up.
1 (12 hrs.) Putting the truck in motion: double-clutch and shifting lower gears.
2 (30 hrs.) Shifting practice: up-shifting and down-shifting.
3 (6 hrs.) Coupling: coupling & un-coupling tractor-trailers.
3 (18 hrs.) Straight-line backing practice.
3 (6 hrs.) Intro to “Hours-of-Service”.
4 (18 hrs.) Counter-clockwise range: left turns, off-set alley.
4 (12 hrs.) Spotting trailers: Backing trailers in designated spots.
5 (3 hrs.) Entry level Driver training (meeting DOT requirement)
5 (27 hrs.) Clockwise range: right turns, serpentine, alley dock.
6 (30 hrs.) Range Test: prepare for CDL skills exam.
CDL Training Road Course:
7 (15 hrs.) Road driving: Interstate highway driving skills.
7 (3 hrs.) Re-cap: “hours of service”.
7 (18 hrs.) Road driving: 2-lane highways, city driving.
8 (18 hrs.) CDL exam (Class-A CDL acquired).
8 (6hrs.) Hazard perception training modules I & II.
8 (6 hrs.) Smith system® Defensive driving techniques
8-9-10 (60 hrs.) Road driving: loaded trailer, mountain driving, scales. 9-10 (6 hrs.) Job search and company policies.
9-10 (12 hrs.) Night driving road trip.
9-10 (3hrs.) Final Exam and course recap.
9-10 (30 hrs.) Individual attention to specific needs. One-on-one training for individuals desiring further instruction to specific areas.
The above schedule is tentative. Consideration must be given to weather conditions, holidays, and other unforeseen events. Minor deviation from this schedule may be necessary and is at the discretion of the instructor. A weekly plan will be posted for more specific details on current activities.
Classroom Safety Policies
The mission of John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center is to prepare all students to be self-sufficient individuals for the purpose of employment or further education.
The Demerit System
The purpose of the demerit system is not to intentionally single out students for termination. There are no demerits given where a student has not received the proper instruction and skills practice to perform the operation safely. However, if you do accumulate too many safety demerits, termination may be a course of action we need to take. Each incident resulting in demerits will be reviewed with the student, as well as where the student stands overall in the demerit system.
The list of safety violations on the following page represent key safety indicators that any company would demand from its drivers, and would follow up with disciplinary action as a result. The system focuses only on safety related issues. Your skills in truck operation shifting, backing, etc.) are evaluated academically. It is quite possible for a student to pass the range skills tests and CDL skills exam with ease, yet not be a safe driver. Unsafe driving usually results from a lifetime of bad habits and an inability or unwillingness to change (their attitude) towards becoming a professional driver.
Each safety violation will be reviewed with the student. Demerits can and will also affect your daily grade. Once a student has accumulated 35 or more demerits, that student may be terminated from the truck driving program following administrative review.
The student must understand the purpose of the safety violation demerit system and each of the individual violations of safety. Students must also understand that accumulating demerits will reflect on their overall grade, and demerit points of 35 or more may result in the student’s termination from the truck driver training program.
The nature and training of this CDL program makes regular attendance necessary. Acceptable reasons for absences (although you are still considered absent) are:
1. Personal illness of student or illness of child
2. Death in immediate family
3. Act of God (fire, flood, etc.)
All other types of absences will be considered unexcused and not tolerated by this program. Tardiness is excusable only in emergency situations. Three hours tardy is equal to ½ day absent and each part of an hour constitutes an hour of absence.
Counseling for Attendance Problems
1. A student will have a conference with the director of the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center at 3 days absent and will be placed on probation.
2. Absences over 4 days could constitute immediate dismissal from the program.
Dismissal From Program
A CDL student who is dismissed from the CDL program due to absences or behavior problems will not be refunded any monies paid to the program at the time of dismissal or thereafter. A CDL student who is dismissed from the program due to a behavior issue will not be permitted to reapply to the CDL program at the JDRCC.
Required Mediation on School Property
The use of necessary medication on school property requires notification to school administration. If you are on medication, please have your doctor sign a statement indicating you must take your medication during school hours.
When a student encounters difficulty in the program he/she should take the following steps before a written grievance is filed:
1. Request an informal conference with your instructor within fifteen 915) days from the occurrence of knowledge of the incident.
2. The informal conference shall be conducted within ten (10) days of the request. Participant will attend the informal conference with the instructors and discuss their concerns.
3. The instructor will respond to the student’s concern in writing within ten (10) days of the conference. The goals and policies of the program, Hancock County Board of Education and affiliating agency will be considered. If the problem is not satisfactorily resolved:
4. The student may present his/her written grievance to the school administrator within ten (10) days of the instructor’s response. The appeal shall be on the approved form and will be signed by the student.
5. A written decision by the school administrator shall be made within ten (10) days from the filing date. If the problem is not satisfactorily resolved:
6. The student may present his/her written appeal to the county superintendent of schools. This must be done within fifteen ( 15) days after receiving the decision of the school administrator
7. The superintendent or designee shall conduct a conference within ten (10) days of receipt of grievance.
8. The superintendent shall issue a written decision within ten (10) days following this conference. If the problem is not satisfactorily resolved:
9. The student may present his/her written appeal on the given form to the Board of Education within fifteen (15) days of the written decision of the superintendent. The appeal shall be transmitted to the county superintendent who shall, within three (3) days provide a copy to each member of the Board of Education. 10. A hearing on the appeal shall be held by the Board of education, if requested by the student when filing the appeal or if the Board itself determines that a hearing shall be held.
11. A decision shall be rendered by the Board of Education within twenty-five (25) days following receipt of the appeal.
• Be ready to go by 7:30 each morning and back from lunch by 11:30
• Report to the classroom each day prior to dismissal, unless excused by your instructor.
• Do not create noise or other distractions, especially when both classes are present, during classroom progress or instruction time or orientation interviews are given.
• All homework and reading assignments are due by date given – points deducted for late assignments.
CDL Range Work Polices
• Operate vehicles only with instructors knowledge and permission.
• Stay with the truck and/or task you are assigned to-creativity can lead to accidents
• Follow all range exercises as directed. If any information or instruction is unclear, ASK.
• Only one vehicle can operate within an exercise layout at a time
• In case of any malfunction, emergency or other problem, see an instructor
• Always check all areas around truck, before moving-keep mirrors clean/adjusted
• Stay well back from moving vehicles, and never in blind spots-never ass-u-me anything
• Keep space cushions around all vehicles at least 3 truck lengths.
• No students are permitted to drive under any influence of drugs, alcohol or medications that cause drowsiness or other impairment-this includes impairment due to lack of sleep.
• All students must participate in startup, coupling/uncoupling each morning and or afternoon. Getting your logbook caught up should be done before class starts, after trucks are put away or at home time.
CDL Range Safety Rules
• Never leave a truck running unattended without prior approval by an instructor
• Keys must be removed from ignition after truck is turned off-leave on seat or key box.
• Start-up procedures must be performed each day prior to truck usage
• Tractors oil pressure must be verified immediately after starting a truck
• Stand clear of all overhead doors
• Never walk closer than six feet in front or behind a stopped truck
• Never walk between two vehicles or vehicle object, if someone is in the driver seat
• The most common cause of driver injuries are slips/falls upon entering or exiting a truck
• Three points of contact are required when entering or exiting a cab
• Adjust your seat first, then your mirrors
• Before backing: verify space is clear-use flashers and city horn
• A qualified spotter is required for all backing situations
• Spotters must know hand signals and stay within visual sight of the driver at all times
• The hand signal for STOP is a closed fist
• All other vehicles entering the range have the right of way-this includes buses, 4-wheelers, delivery trucks, motorcycles and even road trucks
• Speed limit on the loop and range lot area is 10 MPH
• If releasing air brakes, other than to drive, tires must always be chocked
• You need to proceed slowly around barrels and cones-move them if you need to, or if you are unsure-GET OUT AND LOOK-You may lose daily grade points and/or need to fill out an accident report for flagrant collisions.
CDL Training Safety Violation Demerit System
The following is a list of safety violations in the truck driving program. The total demerits per violation are based on the severity of the incident.
|CDL Safety Violation||Demerits|
|Running over cones, barrels, tires (after 1st day practice each skill)||1|
|Running over cones or barrels “unaware” and driving away||3|
|Exceeding range speed limits as covered in orientation||3|
|Failing to yield to pedestrians or vehicles as outlined in orientation||3|
|Failing to release brakes when starting out (dragging drive or trailer tires)||3|
|Failing to disengage transmission and releasing clutch when stopped||3|
|Driving in non authorized areas (i.e. driving school roads) covered in
|Not wearing seat belts on road – ALL students must wear seat belts||3|
|Failing to raise landing gear after coupling and dragging the legs||5|
|Failing to lower legs during un-coupling and dropping the trailer||5|
|Failing to set parking brakes when exiting vehicle||10|
|Striking any fixed object with tractor and/or trailer||15|
|Striking another vehicle with tractor and/or trailer||15|
The student understands and agrees that he/she may be requested to submit to random drug/alcohol screening during the course of the academic year. Said screening may be requested at any time by the instructor(s) of the CDL program, and shall be performed in accordance with proper chain of custody procedures. The random drug/alcohol screening shall be performed at the expense of the Rockefeller Career Center School.
In addition, the faculty has the right to request the student to submit to testing if reasonable cause exists. The student shall agree to submit to drug and alcohol screen testing to determine whether alcohol, any controlled substances, or substances which are mood altering in any way are present in his/her blood and/or urine. Said testing shall be performed as soon as possible following proper chain of custody procedures. Testing pursuant to probable cause shall be at the expense of the student. Failure to submit to such a reasonable request shall be prima facie evidence of the presence of the aforementioned substances, and shall be grounds for immediate dismissal from the CDL program.
Any student who is prescribed any narcotic medication or medication, which may be mood altering in any way, shall have his/her physician document the prescribing of the medication. The student shall provide this documentation to coordinator of the CDL program on the next instructional day following the prescribing of such medication. Any student who utilizes a prescription or non-prescription substance which may contain alcohol, cause drowsiness, or in any way impair their ability to perform driving functions safely shall inform the coordinator or his/her designee on any instructional day on which the substance is utilized, and prior to the student’s submission to any drug/alcohol screen which may be requested.
Anytime a student’s behavior indicates that he/she is unable to perform his/her duties safely, the CDL instructor(s) will direct the student to leave the area. Receipt of result
indicating the presence of any amount of any substance for which the student has no legal, valid prescription or a non-prescription substance not declared prior to the drug/alcohol screen shall be ground for immediate dismissal from the Rockefeller Career Center CDL Program.
1. STUDENT PARKING: Students must park in designated area only.
2. BUILDING ACCESS: Students must enter through designated area of building and must remain in CDL training area. CDL students are to never interact with any high school students. CDL students who need to enter outside of designated CDL training area must be accompanied by a CDL instructor or a director of the career center. ANY CDL STUDENT ENTERING OUTSIDE OF THE DESIGNATED CDL TRAINING AREA WITHOUT AN INSTRUCTOR OR A DIRECTOR WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM THE CDL TRAINING PROGRAM WITHOUT REFUND OF THEIR TUITION.
3. SMOKING: No tobacco is allowed on school property or in any school vehicle.
4. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Any student who attends class under the influence of any drug or alcohol will be immediately removed from CDL training program without refund of tuition.
5. MEDICATION: If you are taking any type of medication (prescribed or over the counter) you must inform your CDL Instructor before operating the programs equipment. Certain types of medication can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle.
6. WEAPONS: Firearms and/or weapons of any kind are STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS OR VEHICLES. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN EXPULSION FROM THE CDL PROGRAM WITHOUT REFUND OF TUITION.
7. FIGHTING: Students are expected to maintain good behavior while in training. Fighting will not be tolerated. Any student(s) involved in a fight will result in expulsion without refund of tuition.
8. GAMBLING: There will be no gambling of any kind on school property.
9. ATTENDANCE: The nature and training of the CDL PROGRAM makes regular attendance necessary. Please refer to your Absence Policy.
10. START TIME: Our day begins at 7:30 am unless otherwise specified by your instructor. Students who do not answer roll call will be considered tardy. Please refer to Tardiness Policy.
11. DRESS CODE: Students are not permitted to wear halter tops, muscle shirts, or tank tops. There will be no sandals or thongs or any other type of open style shoe to be worn in the CDL Program. Students must keep their shirts on at all times. Personal hygiene is also enforced. Deodorant is a necessity. Bathing and clean clothing is required for attendance. Clothing must be neat with no holes or frayed bottoms. Shirts with logos, shirts exposing the naval/abdomen or short shorts are not permitted. Students will be sent home for not being properly dressed and improper hygiene.
12. CELL PHONES/ELECTRONICS: Cell phones are not permitted to be on in classroom; the instructor may require you to leave your cell phone in front of the classroom turned off at the beginning of class. You may check your phones only on breaks and lunch.
13. TRASH: Students are expected to clean their own mess after lunch and at the end of the day. Students are also expected to take part in keeping the programs vehicles cleaned and mess free.
14. SAFETY: Students are to THINK AND PRACTICE SAFTEY AT ALL TIMES. Students are to never operate equipment unless an instructor is present. Instructors will be equipped with a whistle. When you hear the whistle you are to stop what you are doing. If you continue and hit something or injury someone you will be asked to leave the CDL Program without refund of your tuition.
15. PROFANITY/SLURS: Insubordination, abusive profanity, racial slurs, and /or refusing to follow directions will not be tolerated. Do not argue with your instructors. All problems that cannot be worked out between student and instructor will require the Career Center director’s involvement in the problem solving process. Any of above could cause the student to be removed from the
program without refund of tuition.
16. THEFT: THEFT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED FOR ANY REASON AND IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE TERMINATION WITHOUT REFUND OF TUITION.
17. EQUIPMENT: Abuse of equipment will not be tolerated for any reason, and will be grounds for immediate termination without refund of tuition.
18. TERMINATION: We believe that everyone who is accepted into our program has the ability and the right to be here, but if a student‘s actions interfere or disrupt the training of the rest of the class we reserve the right to restart the individual in a new class or dismiss that student completely. If a student is dismissed for any reason there is no refund of tuition.
19. DRUG AND ACLOCHOL TESTING: Every student enrolled in the CDL PROGRAM may be requested to submit to random drug/alcohol screening.
In the event that a student must withdraw from the CDL program at the JDRIV Career Center after the initial (5) five instructional days, there will be no refund. Students withdrawing 1-5 instructional days will receive a 90% tuition only refund. An official withdrawal form must be received by the JDRIV Career Center finance office no later than the 2nd day after withdrawal.
It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the 5 day tuition refund policy.
The student will be allowed (3) attempts at the state skills test without an additional tuition charge. Any subsequent testing will cost an additional $400 per attempt.
Background Check $58.00
Registration Fee-Non Refundable $100.00
*Drug Screening and Truck Driving Physical $134.00
Tuition(CDL)- due at enrolment $4,258.00
*Dr. Steve Mascio in Follansbee WV (ph # 304-527-1670) does truck driving physicals.
CDL SKILLS EXAMINATION TEST $100.00
SCHOOL BUS TEST $100.00
TOTAL CDL COURSE COSTS – $4,750.00
Note: CDL licensing will be valid for 3-7 years JDRIV Career Center accepts credit card payment
What Our Students Say
After I completed the CDL Program at JDRCC, I was able to find a job within the month and begin my new career. It was that easy.
Completing the CDL Truck Driving Program at the Career Center helped me land a good job quickly. Not to mention, I get to travel frequently for work, which I love!