Commercial Truck Driving

Would You Enjoy A Career Like This?

America needs more truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association, more than 70 percent of all consumer goods in the U.S. are moved by truck. Do you enjoy traveling or working independently? You might enjoy a career as a truck driver! Whether you want to deliver cargo or passengers, getting your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is the first step.

There are a lot of options for truck drivers, from driving local routes to driving all over the country. Once you get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and any required special endorsements (depending on your cargo,) these opportunities will be open to you. 

As a Commercially Licensed driver, you will, of course, need to be willing drive, must pay attention to details, and may need to be able to help unload cargo.

Truck driver with truck

What This Career Could Mean For You

A 2017 report by the American Trucking Association said that this industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet the rising demand Employment of truck drivers is expected to increase by about 6% over the 2016-26 decade. As a driver, you could travel the country, work locally, drive a bus, or work a steady route. 

Depending on the type of vehicle, cargo, and driving you do, commercial drivers can earn more than $60,000 a year. with some companies offering signing bonuses.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training at HCC

This program will train you to earn 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). Passenger endorsement courses are also available.

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 5 years
  • No DUIs or DWIs in the past 10 years

Total approximate cost is $4,625 (CDL A); $2,125 (CDL B).

CDL-A is 300 hours. CDL-B is 75 hours.

Classes are offered monthly at Cecil College. Classes run either Monday through Friday during the day for full-time, or Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday evenings and weekends.

For more information or to apply to the Commercial Truck Driving course:

All students must be interviewed and accepted prior to registering for any CDL courses. To schedule your interview, contact Tina Durborow, 410-287-1615, or tdurborow@cecil.edu. 
~Additional information is also available through the links at the bottom of this page.~ 

**Harford Community College also offers customized training to meet the needs of your business. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, transportation and Materials Moving Occupations.

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