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CDL-A Truck Driving

MCC tractor trailer parked in the ATC lab

OUR MISSION

The staff and faculty at Metropolitan Community College CDL recognize that for you to be successful in this career field, you need to know more than simply how to drive a truck. You will learn truck maintenance basics, cargo securement, trip planning, life on the road and so much more. 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 want to prepare you for a life-long career, not just a job. The road to success in the transportation industry is wide open, drivers are in higher demand than ever and the demand continues to grow every year.

What does mcc offer?

The most affordable CDL training program in the Omaha Metro area is here at the Applied Technology Center of MCC. We offer both day and evening classes, this gives you the flexibility to fit your training into your schedule. Residents and non-residents alike will discover that the benefits to attending our State of Nebraska licensed training program extend well beyond affordability.

Basic requirements

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

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent is preferred but not mandatory (although many employers will require this)
  • Have a valid driver's license from state of residence
  • Be able to read and speak English clearly as required by federal law (If your native language is not English, you may be required to pass an English assessment test before registering. Contact an advisor for more information on assessment testing locations and to determine if this applies to you.)

prerequisites THAT MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Pass a DOT pre-employment drug screen at a certified collection facility
  • Obtain a DOT physical from a certified medical examiner
  • Obtain a Class-A Commercial Learner's Permit from state of residence

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that all CDL vehicle operators pass a DOT drug screen, even students, and that they be in a random drug screen pool for the duration of the time that they will be operating CDL vehicles. 

Program Description

The training program is comprised of two distinct segments that run concurrently:

  • DESL 1300, 10.5 credit hours - Class-A CDL Theory Training; learn how to keep a log book (electronic and paper, understand how to comply with state and federal regulations, fundamentals of safety in and around heavy vehicles, vehicle inspection, entry level driver basics, trip planning, load securement, and much more.
  • DESL 1300L, 4 Credit Hours - Class-A CDL Road Training; This is hands-on training with the truck.  You'll be taught all of the required skills necessary to prepare you for the DMV road tests:  Inspecting the vehicle, backing skills and behind-the-wheel driving on streets and highways. Final DMV skills testing will be conducted during the last week of class. All students are given three opportunities to pass the tests. Additional testing may be offered on a per credit hour basis (subect to availability).

No CDL training program can guarantee you a CDL. You must pass all of the state administered skills tests before you can be issued a CDL. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be tested by one of our Department of Motor Vehicles certified examiners for your CDL Class A license.

REFRESHER TRAINING

MCC does not offer refresher training.  

approximate course hours

Classroom
40
Lab hours (backing & driving)
148
Backing up hours (per student)
20
Driving hours (per student)
30

TOTAL
188

CLASS TIMES

Daytime classes meet Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Evening classes meet Monday through Friday, 5 - 10 p.m. 
All classes are held at the Applied Technology Center.

CLASS start dates

Summer 2017 day class: June 6.  Evening class: June 13.
Fall 2017 day classes: Sept. 5 and Oct. 10.  Evening class: Sept. 19.
Winter 2017 day class: Dec. 4.  Evening class: Dec. 11.
Spring 2018 day classes: March 8 and April 12.  Evening class: March 22.
Summer 2018 day and evening class: June 6.

Specialist certificate of achievement offering

Besides our standard six and nine week CDL training classes we have available a training program that can give you a much deeper understanding of the operations of a tractor-trailer combination.  The CDLSD program (listed below) is a 28-week course of instruction that gives you engine fundamentals, preventative maintenance, CPR, First-Aid, and work experience.   This extensive program can be taken completely seperate from our basic six-week and nine-week classes, ask your advisor for more details if you're interested.

contact us

Please call 531-MCC-5800 or email us at futurecdlstudents@mccneb.edu.

Career Outlook 

In the next five years, more than 1,500 new truck drivers will be needed and more than 500 will need to be replaced — and that's just in Nebraska. These numbers represent more than a 25 percent increase in demand over the number of truckers needed a decade ago.

Trucks and truck drivers play a vital role in the transportation industry and the U.S. economy 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 for final delivery.

Earnings outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly earnings of heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers is $20.96 per hour, with an average annual salary of $43,590.

credit classes and registration

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation."  The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment.  We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

CDL - A Truck Driving (CDLSD) - Certificate of Achievement