Truck Driving

TRUCK DRIVING


Award: Certificate / 22 Credits
Location: Austin  
Program Starts: Fall, Spring & Summer
Course Plan: One Semester
Course Schedules


Would you like to shift your career into high gear?


The Riverland Truck Driving Program is a member of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools

Picture yourself on the open road in control of a big rig. Our top-rated Truck Driving program can put you in the drivers' seat. This 16-week Riverland program has a reputation of providing "first-rate" hands-on and classroom training for careers in the transportation industry. The winning combination of our highly-qualified instructors and small class sizes mean you get plenty of one-on-one attention while learning all the required operating techniques, procedures and regulations. Learn defensive driving, safety and proper operating techniques without having to pay high costs of a for-profit driving school. Riverland students gain practical experience by driving in city and rural situations as part of course requirements. This includes driving conventional tractors and pulling loaded and empty vans and flatbed trailers. The appropriate class of license will be issued to each individual upon completion. Students also develop skills and experience during paid internships with area motor carriers who become prospective employers.

Employment Outlook

Good drivers are in demand and our students gain valuable experience during paid internships that often lead to real jobs. Few occupations offer more opportunity after such a short training period. Trucking is one of the largest industries in America today, employing short and long haul drivers. Minnesota trucking organizations report a definite driver shortage and truck driving is one of the top 20 occupations with the largest projected employment growth in the state. Long distance truck drivers can expect an average first year salary between $30,000 and $35,000 and over $40,000 the second year.

Good jobs are also available in safety supervision, dispatching, and management. Nearly one in 10 drivers is self-employed and operates independently or leases their services to a trucking company. Many companies offer increased benefits and pay to keep good drivers. Modern, well-equipped trucks with options like air conditioning, air-ride suspension, air-ride cabs, and satellite communications are the standard in driver convenience and comfort. Trucking industry wages are well above the national average and rewarding placement opportunities await Riverland graduates.
 
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Truck Driving Certificate was last updated on 03/04/2011
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - One Semester

Fall Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
TRDR1100
Introduction to Vehicle Control
This course introduces students to the world of transportation. Vehicle starting, turning, backing, and stopping are covered. Topics include how things are transported, rules and regulations, safe driving pointers, and starting in motion smoothly. Students begin to develop the skills needed for vehicle control. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
TRDR1105
Proficiency Development of Vehicle Control
This course allows the students to gain proficiency in the skills learned in TRDR 1100. Students focus on the safe operation of the tractor and trailer. During this course, the students couple a tractor and trailer and operate the entire unit. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00
TRDR1110
Advanced Operating Procedures
This course allows the student to gain increased proficiency in coping with highway and traffic environments. Students develop perceptual skill allowing recognition and avoidance of emergency situations through proper handling of the vehicle. Students apply what has been learned in previous courses to "real world" scenarios. Students may be expected to transport a disabled auto to the auto repair shop, or a piece of farm machinery to the repair shop or back to the farm. Extended hours of operation are a large portion of this course in order to provide additional hands-on experience for students. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00
TRDR1115
Lifestyle
This course covers the lifestyle of the truck driver. Family and personal health and safety issues, human relations, and dealing with road rage are introduced. This course covers vehicle maintenance issues such as how various component systems of tractor-trailers work and allows students to recognize defect or failure likely to cause accident or breakdown. Other issues addressed are skills needed to seek, acquire, and retain employment as a truck driver. Time and money management skills are discussed as well as techniques for coping with the stresses of a driver's life. Non-vehicle activities such as protecting themselves, vehicle, cargo and the general public are covered. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
TRDR1120
Advanced Vehicle Driving
This course covers higher level skills needed to deal effectively and safely with differing roadway hazards and traffic environments. Students experience "real world" driving scenarios. Extended road trips give the student the opportunity to experience and apply the skills acquired in this program. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00
TRDR1130
Internship
This course is designed to be the "gateway" to employment a company chosen by the student. This course takes the student on the job with the company of choice. Students are accompanied by a qualified driver finisher during this course. This course addresses most aspects of previous courses. Students may be compensated by the motor carrier to defray incurred personal expenses. (8 Cr - 0 lect, 8 lab)
8.00
Total 22.00
Estimated Tuition
22 cr  x  $272.00 = $5,984.00 
Books: $75 
Other Costs: $150 DOT Drug Screen, DOT Physical 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:
  • Develop and apply an appreciation and understanding for safety and compliance in the transportation industry.
  • Be eligible to take the commercial drivers license exam.
  • Improve highway safety by demonstrating courteous and professional driving skills.

Truck Driving Faculty & Advisors

1-800-247-5039 / Directory

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ALBERT LEA CAMPUS
2200 Riverland Dr.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-379-3300
AUSTIN CAMPUS
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0600
OWATONNA COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY CENTER
965 Alexander Drive SW
Owatonna, MN 55060
507-455-5880
Program Notes Special requirements for admission to the program:
  • Student must pass a DOT physical and DOT drug screening
  • Students must have a CDL permit
  • Students must consult with advisor prior to program admission

Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:
Reading: An Accuplacer score of 52 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (22 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
TRDR1100
Introduction to Vehicle Control
This course introduces students to the world of transportation. Vehicle starting, turning, backing, and stopping are covered. Topics include how things are transported, rules and regulations, safe driving pointers, and starting in motion smoothly. Students begin to develop the skills needed for vehicle control. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 TRDR1100
TRDR1105
Proficiency Development of Vehicle Control
This course allows the students to gain proficiency in the skills learned in TRDR 1100. Students focus on the safe operation of the tractor and trailer. During this course, the students couple a tractor and trailer and operate the entire unit. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00 TRDR1105
TRDR1110
Advanced Operating Procedures
This course allows the student to gain increased proficiency in coping with highway and traffic environments. Students develop perceptual skill allowing recognition and avoidance of emergency situations through proper handling of the vehicle. Students apply what has been learned in previous courses to "real world" scenarios. Students may be expected to transport a disabled auto to the auto repair shop, or a piece of farm machinery to the repair shop or back to the farm. Extended hours of operation are a large portion of this course in order to provide additional hands-on experience for students. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00 TRDR1110
TRDR1115
Lifestyle
This course covers the lifestyle of the truck driver. Family and personal health and safety issues, human relations, and dealing with road rage are introduced. This course covers vehicle maintenance issues such as how various component systems of tractor-trailers work and allows students to recognize defect or failure likely to cause accident or breakdown. Other issues addressed are skills needed to seek, acquire, and retain employment as a truck driver. Time and money management skills are discussed as well as techniques for coping with the stresses of a driver's life. Non-vehicle activities such as protecting themselves, vehicle, cargo and the general public are covered. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 TRDR1115
TRDR1120
Advanced Vehicle Driving
This course covers higher level skills needed to deal effectively and safely with differing roadway hazards and traffic environments. Students experience "real world" driving scenarios. Extended road trips give the student the opportunity to experience and apply the skills acquired in this program. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00 TRDR1120
TRDR1130
Internship
This course is designed to be the "gateway" to employment a company chosen by the student. This course takes the student on the job with the company of choice. Students are accompanied by a qualified driver finisher during this course. This course addresses most aspects of previous courses. Students may be compensated by the motor carrier to defray incurred personal expenses. (8 Cr - 0 lect, 8 lab)
8.00 TRDR1130

Truck Driving (CERT) Program Curriculum was last updated on 03/04/2011

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