Commercial Truck Driving

According to the American Trucking Association, more than 70 percent of all consumer goods in the U.S. are moved by truck.

If you like to travel and work independently, pay close attention to details, and enjoy driving for long periods of time, a career as a CDL driver may be a good fit for you.

Program Overview

Credential Earned:

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.

 

Time Committment:

CDL-A: 300 hours

CDL-B: 75 hours

Contact Information:

Tina Durborow, 410-287-1615, or tdurborow@cecil.edu

 

Classes are offered monthly at Cecil College and run either MON–FRI all day, or TUE, WED, THU evenings and weekends.

 

NOTE:

This program is held in partnership with Cecil College.

 

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

 

Cost:

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

What Can I Do When I Complete This Program?

As a CDL driver, you can choose employment where you travel cross-country regionally, or locally. You may haul dry goods, refrigerated items, containers or vehicles. Drivers can work for a company or choose to purchase their own truck and work for themselves s they can control their loads. Many choose to drive school, tour, or charter buses and work a steady route. By earning special endorsements, such as Hazardous Materials, drivers open up their opportunities and their pay scale.

 

Employment

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

 

Next Steps

If you are interested in Harford Community College's Commercial Truck Driving program (in partnership with Cecil College), review the CDL Information Packet. 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