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CDL Class A Truck Driver Training
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We offer an eight week daytime program only. This class is designed to give you the opportunity to learn how to drive a semi-truck & trailer combination vehicle, preparing you for a rewarding truck driving career.

This course covers much more than the basics in Commercial Drivers' Class A License training. Topics include safe driving, vehicle inspections and understanding Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The course also addresses all CDL endorsements, truck controls, shifting, driving, backing and cargo handling. Skills such as employer-employee relations, customer relations, trip planning, map reading, and electronic logs are also taught. The training program consists of four segments:

  • DESL 1310 - Truck Driving CDL Training I; focused on learning how to keep a log book, understanding how to comply with federal regulations, safety in and around heavy vehicles, vehicle inspections, shifting, etc.
  • DESL 1320 - Truck Driving CDL Training II; the focus shifts more towards vehicle control and interaction with other traffic in this more advanced section.
  • EMSP 1010 - First Aid/CPR
  • DESL 2900 - Testing for Class-A CDL


You must satisfy the following requirements in order to register for the class:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid driver's license from state of residence
  • Be able to read, write and speak English clearly as required by federal law
  • If your native language is not English you are required to complete the ESL Compass process prior to being considered for the CDL program. Contact the adult education center at 402-457-2312 or adultedu@mccneb.edu

Other Requirements That must be satisfied by the first class day


  • Pass a DOT drug screen (within 30 days of class start date)*
  • Pass a DOT Physical
  • Have a valid Class-A Commercial Learner's Permit+
  • Bring a copy of your diving record with you to the first day of class

To download a copy of the current CDL program information handbook click here (requires Adobe Reader).

+This course of instruction does not guarantee you a CDL, you must pass all of the required state administered tests.


*All CDL students are subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing regulations contained in 49 CFR Part 382, and 49 CFR Part 40.  These regulations can be found at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ 


Upon receiving a passing grade you will be eligible to be tested by the Department of Motor Vehicles for a CDL Class A license.


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Career Outlook

In the next five years, 1,764 new truck drivers will be needed and 757 will need to be replaced -- and that's just in Nebraska. These numbers represent a 29 percent increase in demand over the number of truckers needed in 2002.

Trucks play an integral role in the transportation industry because no other transportation mode can deliver freight door to door. Even goods that arrive by ship or rail eventually end up on a truck.

Course TOPICs

DESL 1310 - Truck Driving CDL Training I

  • Basic Truck Operation
  • Entry Level Driver Basics
  • Map reading, Hours of Service,

DESL 1320 - Truck Driving CDL Training II

  • Safe Operating Practices
  • Advanced Vehicle Operation Procedures
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • HLTH 1010 - First Aid/CPR

Approximate Breakdown of Course Hours

Lab hours *
Backing-up hours
Driving hours


Class Times

Classes are held Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at MCC's Applied Technology Center in Irvington, NE.

Winter 2015 class starts December 17th, registration began October 1st.

Spring 2016 class starts March 14th, registration begins January 20nd.

Summer 2016 class starts June 10th, registration begins March 26th.

Fall 2016 class starts September 12th, registration begins TBD May 2016


We do not currently offer a dedicated refresher training course for those who may already have a CDL but may not have been driving recently.  We will, however, allow qualified students the opportunity to register for the 5-week DESL 1320 on a space-available basis.  Candidates must meet all program requirements as well as obtaining approval from CDL faculty.  Because the fundamental academics are covered in DESL 1310 the ideal candidate should already have a working knowledge of HOS rules, backing skills, basic vehicle operation including an understanding of shifting (including double clutching). 


MCC's CDL Training program is far more affordable than many other truck driving schools. The in-state cost of tuition and books for the entire program is less than $1,500. Financial aid may be available for this program, and some companies reimburse a student's tuition expenses.  Call the Financial Aid office at (402) 457-2330 or email financialaid@mccneb.edu.

THE MCC Difference

MCC recognizes that for you to be successful in this career, you'll need to know more than simply how to drive a truck. You will learn first aid & CPR, basic truck maintenance, cargo theft prevention, and what you need to know for life on the road. This knowledge will pay off by making you better prepared for a truck driving career. The better prepared you are, the more successful you'll be.  We like to think that we prepare you for a life long career, not just a job.

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A Lifestyle Choice

Some companies haul freight locally and regionally. These are short-haulers, meaning there are times you may be away from home overnight. Most trucking companies are long distance haulers that move freight across the country. Long-haul trucking isn't for everyone. In either case, your entire work shift is spent behind the wheel. You may be away from home two weeks or more than a month. But for those who are a good fit for this type of career, it can pay well.

Some companies use two-driver teams on very long runs—one drives while the other sleeps in a berth behind the cab. “Sleeper” runs may last for days, or even weeks, usually with the truck stopping only for fuel, food, loading and unloading. Some husband-wife teams have been very successful in this arrangement.


Median hourly earnings of heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers is $20.00 with an average annual salary of $40,000.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many drivers make $32,000-35,000 their first year. Some drivers can make $48,000-50,000 by their third year, depending their level of commitment, safety, and professionalism.

Job Outlook

Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average of all occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.  Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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page last updated October 15th, 2015

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