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CDL Class A Truck Driver Training
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Gear up for a skill that's in great demand!

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, positioning you to begin 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 breaks down into three segments:

  • DESL 1310 - Truck Driving CDL Training I
  • DESL 1320 - Truck Driving CDL Training II
  • HLTH 1010 - First Aid/CPR


You must complete the following in order to register for the class:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • 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 may be required to pass the English Reading Compass with a minimum score of 62, and the ESL Listening Compass with a minimum score of Level 3.

Other Requirements That must be completed by the first class day


  • Pass a DOT drug screen
  • Pass a DOT Physical
  • Have a valid Class-A Commercial Learner's Permit

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be qualified to be tested by the Department of Motor Vehicles for a CDL Class A license and receive a certificate of completion.

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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
  • Non-vehicle Activities

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 January 4th, registration begins October 1st.

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

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


MCC's CDL Training program is more affordable than many other truck driving schools. The in-state cost of tuition and books for the entire program is approximately $1,300. There are additional expenses you will incur, which would be part of any other truck driving training program. Financial aid may be available for this program, and some companies reimburse a student's tuition expenses up to a maximum amount set in the company's hiring policies.

THE MCC Difference

MCC recognizes that for you to be successful in this career, you'll need to know more than simply driving 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.

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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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Certified and approved by Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

page last updated August 6th, 2015

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