Commercial Truck Driving

Truck driver with truckJob Outlook & Earnings

Competition is expected for jobs offering the highest earnings or most favorable work schedules. Average employment growth is expected. Overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow 9 percent over the 2008-18 decade.

Median hourly wages of heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers were $17.92 in May 2008. Median hourly wages of light or delivery services truck drivers were $13.27 in May 2008.

Is This Career Right for You?

Drivers are responsible for picking up and delivering freight from one place to another. This may be from a manufacturer to a distribution center, from a distribution center to a customer, or between distribution centers. In addition, drivers may be responsible for loading and unloading their cargo. They are also responsible for following applicable laws, keeping logs of their activities, and making sure that their equipment is in good working condition.

Drivers must get along well with people because they often deal directly with customers. Employers seek driver/sales workers who speak well and have self-confidence, initiative, tact, and a neat appearance. Employers also look for responsible, self-motivated individuals who are able to work well with little supervision.

Commercial Truck Driver Training at HCC

This program will earn you a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A or B (upon passing the MVA test) that prepares you to drive eighteen-wheel vehicles (Class A) or school buses/concrete mixers, etc. (Class B).

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Good driving record
  • Pass a Department of Transportation drug screen and physical
  • Read and speak the English language
  • Pass a basic math and reading test
  • No felonies within the past 10 years
  • No DUIs or DWIs in the past 10 years

2012 total approximate cost is $4,125 (CDL A); $2,315 (CDL B).

CDL-A is 225 hours. CDL-B is 160 hours.

Classes are offered monthly at either the Cecil or Harford campus. Classes run either Monday through Friday during the day or Tuesday/Wednesday evenings and weekends.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos246.htm

 

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