2014 Trucking Guide – Trucking Schools in the US and Canada
US Truck Driving Schools
C1 Truck Driver’s Training, Fort Wayne campus
C1 Truck Driver’s Training Fort Wayne campus offers students the ability to learn the necessary skills to become a licensed truck driver in a relaxed, intimate setting. The school sits on the southeast side of the city, and has an easy access to both rural and city streets, as well as nearby Interstate 69. This is an advantage for students to have experienced as many driving situations as possible, before getting behind the wheel of a truck on their own. The class sizes at C1’s Fort Wayne campus are kept small, to give student truck drivers’ personal attention and to create a positive learning environment.
Anyone who has ever looked into attending a truck driving school knows that the most important part of their training is the behind-the-wheel time. Over the course of C1’s 3-week CDL training program, students can spend an industry-leading 80 hours driving and practicing breaking, turning, and coupling a tractor trailer. The instructors at C1 know that the more time students spend behind the wheel, the better and safer a driver they will be, so the 80 hours is spent actually driving the truck instead of watching someone else do it.
C1 Truck Driver’s Training, Forth Worth campus
C1 Truck Driver Training is located on the south side of the city, and just one block away from the Interstate 35, making it easily accessible for students from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Because of its unique location, C1 is able to give students valuable experience driving in highway, city, and rural situations, in addition to the basic driving skills: Backing, turning, shifting, and coupling a trailer.
C1 Fort Worth offers students the chance to learn on the some of the newest equipment in the industry. C1 uses late-model Air Ride Freightliner tractors that are regularly inspected and are very similar to the type of truck students will be driving, once they start out on their own. Being familiar with equipment is critical to becoming a safe truck driver, so C1 makes sure to teach its students actual models that are used in the industry.
The Commercial Driver’s License program at Vatterott College provides students with the opportunity to complete a portion or all of the CDL training necessary to assist them in securing a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). CDL training begins with an introduction to fundamental knowledge of commercial driving, vehicle inspection, control systems, and reporting procedures.
The Commercial Driver’s License training program progresses to cover more advanced training during the behind the wheel (BTM) driving experience, which includes exercising basic controls, executing shifting, managing vehicle speed, and night operations. Successful students of the CDL training program will be eligible to test for the Commercial Driver’s License.
Canadian Truck Driving Schools
Metro Truck Driver’s Training Ltd.
The instructors at Metro Truck Drivers Training Ltd. are certified and trained professionals who train students to become safe drivers. They train students in theory as well, and give them one on truck practical classes. The institution ensures that training vehicles and equipments are maintained and serviced well, changing them at regular intervals to ensure that the students learn in the latest vehicles. The institution has a fleet of trucks, vans, trailers, and school buses.
Metro Truck Driver’s Training Ltd. offers a variety of AZ license programs, ranging from 10 sessions of 45 minutes in trucks, to about 110 hours sessions. Their library has video presentations that also help the students become better drivers. The road tests are conducted by SEERCO. The institution also offers BZ, CZ, DZ, E, F, and Z license programs as well as air brake endorsement programs.
Metro Truck Drivers’ Ltd. offers placement assistance to their students. The students may be employed by national and international trucking firms, as well as the local firms.
Kim Richardson Transportation Specialist
Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc. offers a whole variety of services for the transportation industry, including training drivers, conducting seminars, and offering programs to trainers who certify the drivers.
The courses offered by the college are certified by Professional Truck Driver Institute, and the facility is registered as a Private Vocational School under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). The college offers job placement assistance to the students for an entire lifetime.
Kim Richardson Transportation Specialist Inc. has a preferred carrier status with a number of transportation companies such as White Oak Transport Ltd., TST Truckload Experience and LE Walker Transport Ltd. Therefore, getting a job after training with KRTS is not very difficult. It also offers programs that are tailor-made according to the needs of the client. The training is computerized with real-life simulators. Instructors can coach students on an individual basis, which means one can take the program at one’s own pace. The programs are custom made to suit each individual. Kim Richardson’s Transportation Specialist Inc. also undertakes Beginner Driver Education Program set up by the Ministry of Transportation Drivers’ Education.
Transport Training Centers of Canada
As industry leaders in Commercial Truck Driver Training, their programs go beyond the minimum licensing training of other schools. At TTCC, students are trained on real loaded trailers under realistic conditions during the daytime and at night, in the city or on the highways, under various challenging conditions.
This extra training means that students can graduate as a job-ready professional with more than just a license. They also offer a variety of programs to accommodate different levels of skills, and the flexibility of full-time/part-time, private, one-on-one training, or group instruction. The student’s training days are tailored around their personal schedule, and they will also receive their own personalized timetable.
Classes include load distribution, part-time/full-time training, log books, border crossing, defensive driving, dangerous goods, accident prevention, air brake adjustments, commercial driver’s license, preventative maintenance, skid school, and simulator training.
Students can also learn entry level shifting, advanced progressive shifting techniques, and fuel management. They can simulate more than 140 transmissions, 240 engines, 300 tire sizes, and 330 axle ratios, and any combination. The TransSim vs. Driver Training Simulator allows adjustable road grades and vehicle weights.