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CDL/Truck Driving Certificate of Proficiency

The PCCUA Commercial Driving License program prepares and trains new drivers with the skills and knowledge needed to pass the state skills test and obtain a Class “A” CDL license. The program incorporates driving, non-driving, and basic skills needed to drive a truck. The CDL course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of safe and effective truck driving practices related to FMCSA regulations and truck driver protection laws. 

Students gain these skills and more in techniques acquired through classroom instruction, lab exercises, and behind-the-wheel experiences:
• Cargo handling
• Load securement
• Log booking
• Trip mapping
• Communications, and
• Other CDL industry competencies

Courses

TD 104 Truck Driving I (4 credits)
This course focuses on vehicle inspection, preventative maintenance, and hands-on defensive driving. Students will demonstrate proficiency in coupling and uncoupling correctly which is basic to the safe operation of combination vehicles. Students will also demonstrate proficiency in shifting, backing, and city and highway driving.

TD 103 Truck Driving II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: TD 104. This course is a continuation of Truck Driving I and is designed to focus on developing advanced driving skills and practice. Students will demonstrate proficiency in cargo handling, driving on two and four lane roads, urban and rural driving strategies, night driving, and weather conditioned driving. Students will also experience pulling heavy and empty loads and a variety of trailer types.

TD 102 Truck Maintenance and Road Safety (2 credits)
This course examines the basics of preventive maintenance and inspection procedures for gasoline and diesel powered tractor-trailers. Students will demonstrate proficiency with maintenance of drivelines, brake systems, electrical systems, and other concerns faced by the professional truck driver. Students will also demonstrate proficiency in map reading and use of log book procedures.

TD 112 Road Regulations and Rules  (2 credits)
This course provides a review and understanding of the federal and state Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations for the trucking industry and application of this knowledge to the professional operation of commercial vehicles. 

TD 106 Road Internship (6 credits)
Prerequisites: TD 103, TD 102, TD 112, and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Students will serve a seven week internship of working in the truck driving environment under the direction of the CDL/Truck Driving Instructor.

For more information, contact:

Jerry Baldridge

CDL Instructor
Stuttgart Campus

Phone: (870) 673-4201, Ext. 1807
Email: jbaldridge@pccua.edu

Stuttgart

Sylvia Boyd

Professional Advisor/Disabilities Coordinator
Stuttgart Campus

Phone: (870) 673-4201, Ext. 1809
Email: sboyd@pccua.edu

Helena-West Helena

Linda Killion

Dean of Business & Information Systems
Dean of Applied Technology
Helena-West Helena Campus

Phone: (870) 338-6474, Ext. 1368
Email: killion@pccua.edu