Commercial Truck Driving

Job 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 5 percent over the 2014-2024 decade.

Average hourly wage of heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers in Maryland was $21.03 in 2015. Median hourly wages of light truck or delivery services truck drivers in Maryland were $18.01 in 2015.

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).


Step into your carreer as a truck driver through HCC

  • 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 
~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, 2016-17 Edition, Transportation and Materials Moving Occupations.