Instructor

Melissa Cuellar at MT Training Center

CAO

Co-founder of the MT Training Center. Bachelor’s in Business Administration, West Texas A & M University.

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Overview

Objective:  The Truck Driving Program is designed to provide the student with the skills and competencies necessary to perform entry-level truck driving duties.  Through hands-on experience the student will be able to safely operate a tractor-trailer by the end of the course.  Students will also learn how to complete necessary paperwork required of truck drivers, as well as be educated on the regulations that govern the truck driving industry.   The graduate will qualify for employment as a truck driver, driver, and tractor-trailer operator for private carriers, short haul trucking companies, and distributors.

The school truck driving program offers a total of 237 hours of student instruction, broken down into:  105 hours of classroom/lab, 12 range hours, 32 hours of actual drive time per student, and 88 hours of observation.  The listed total clock hours equate to 15 quarter credit hours.  The students will learn the fundamentals as well as advanced procedures of driving a tractor-trailer vehicle.

Each student will have a minimum of 12 hours of range practice and 32 hours of actual street driving experience, and 88 hours of observation upon completion of the program.  A graduate of this program without prior truck driving experience needs to drive with an experienced and competent driver for several weeks to gain sufficient behind-the-wheel experience to drive alone and over the road safely.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet all of the following requirements before being admitted into the truck driving program at the MT Training Center:  The applicant must schedule an interview with the admissions office and submit a completed enrollment form. Applicants must be a United States citizen or have proof of current permanent residency. Successful completion of the Department of Transportation physical examination (long form required); successful completion of a Department of Transportation drug screening; must possess a valid; Texas driver’s license prior to enrollment; free of any outstanding tickets and/or warrants; provide the MT Training Center with a copy of your High school diploma, GED, or successfully pass the written Learner’s Permit section of the CDL exam; Complete your Admissions Application; must be at least 18 years of age (Limited to intrastate driving) / 21 years of age for interstate driver; must be able to read and write English; must be able to perform simple arithmetic; no felony convictions involving illegal drugs in a commercial vehicle, and no DWI (driving while intoxicated) violations within the last 3 years.  All applicants must also be in good health and cannot possess any of the following for safety measures:  no loss of limb that has not been waived, no impairment of hand, finger, arm foot, or leg that interferes with driving; no diabetes requiring insulin for control; no heart problems; no respiratory dysfunction; no high blood pressure; no rheumatic arthritic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular problems that would affect control of a motor vehicle; no epilepsy; no conditions likely to cause loss of consciousness; no mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease, or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with vehicle control, and no addiction to drugs or alcohol. The applicant must possess vision of 20/40 or better in each eye (cannot be color blind) and have good hearing.  All students will be notified concerning his/her acceptance after review from the Director.  Once the student has been accepted they will be subject to the school’s refund and cancelation policy.  Class size is limited based upon space availability.  Efforts are made to assign a class time that fits the prospective student’s schedule.  The MT Training Center does not discriminate regarding race, color, nationality, national origin, religion, creed. age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or marital status.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: The successful student will have completed 80% of clock hours at a 2.0 G.P.A. or higher. The student will also be able to drive with proficiency a tractor trailer combination vehicle and will have passed the written and driving exams to obtain their Commercial Drivers License.

     

Subject Number

 

Classroom & Lab Hours

Observation

Simulated Work Site

Behind-the-Wheel

Total Clock Hours

 Total Quarter Credit

 

           

 

TTBO-100

Basic Operation

 28

60

 9

19

116

  6.0

TTBO-200

Safe Operating Practices

 12

22

 3

10

 47

  2.5

TTBO-300

Advanced Operating Practices

 16

 6

 0

 3

 25

  1.5

TTBO-400

Systems and Malfunctions

   6

 0

 0

 0

  6

  0.5

TTBO-500

Non-Vehicle Activities

 43

 0

 0

 0

 43

  4.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL Contact Hours/Credits

105

88

12

32

237

15.0

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