Truck Driving

DEGREE TYPE:   Certificate     CREDITS: 22    LOCATION: Austin    STARTS: Austin: August & March    COURSE PLAN: 16-weeks   
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Why choose this program at Riverland?

The truck driving program at Riverland is a comprehensive program and covers all varieties of CDL required vehicles, including double trailer, commercial bus and snow plow. The instructor for the program keeps current in the transportation industry and provides thorough training and has partnerships with quality companies such as Minnesota Department of Transportation, Rochester City Lines, and XPO Logistics who hire our graduates.

What will I study?

Our truck driving program prepares students for a career in transportation by providing the following:

  • Rules & regulations within the industry
  • Safe operations of CDL required vehicles
  • Be required to perform a minimum of 44 hours behind the wheel to include 12 hours on the range, 12 hours on the highway, 1 hour of night driving, 6 hours of a loaded trailer with the remainder in any combination
  • Comprehensive understanding of a truck drivers lifestyle
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What are my career options after graduating this program?

The truck driving program at Riverland has partnerships with quality companies who hire our graduates. Students have the option to become fully endorsed in all varieties of CDL required transportation (doubles, passenger, tanker, hazmat, etc.)

This career is high growth compared to other careers.
There will be a need for about 7,920 new Truck Drivers to meet market demand between 2014-2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

For more information about Truck Drivers and job outlook, please visit https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?id=1&oc=533032#outlook

Sample Job Titles

  • Line Haul Driver
  • Over the Road Driver (OTR Driver)
  • Delivery Drivers

What facilities and resources will I be able to access?

The same types of equipment used in the industry in order to achieve hands-on learning of the different specialties.

Where do Alumni work, and what titles do they hold?

XPO Logistics, Rochester City Lines, Norseman Trucking, and other transportation companies have hired alumni as professional drivers for their company.

Do you offer internships or opportunities for experiential learning?

Our Truck Driving program offers paid internship of 240 hours.

Are there any special scholarships related to this program I can apply for?

Riverland offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

 

Last Updated: August 8, 2018

Jonathan Rymer

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