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CDL-A Truck Driving

MCC tractor trailer parked in the ATC lab

OUR MISSION

Metropolitan Community College's Commercial Truck Driving Program offers courses that develop marketable skills, and instill and promote a positive work ethic to enhance all students' abilities to achieve their goals in a safe and professional manner. Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than are required to drive a non-commercial vehicle. Students must pass both skills and knowledge testing geared to these higher standards. Some of the information covered will include, but not be limited to: truck maintenance basics, cargo securement, hours of service, shifting, backing, and emergency maneuvers.

Commercial Truck Driving program

MCC offers several commercial truck driving programs that provide students with the potential for immediate employment in a living wage job upon successful completion. Both day and evening classes are offered. Residents and non-residents alike will discover that the benefits of 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.)

  • ​For an in-depth look at requirements, view the Technical Standards for the Commercial Driving License Program

requirements THAT MUST BE COMPLETED before a student will be enrolled in CLASS

  • Obtain a Class-A Commercial Learner's Permit from state of residence

  • Have a current DOT physical from a certified medical examiner

students must give faculty the following on the first day of class:

  • Documentation of passing a DOT pre-employment drug screen at a certified collection facility

Program Description

The training program is comprised of two distinct segments that run concurrently. STUDENTS MUST PASS BOTH CLASSES WITH A "C" OR BETTER TO TEST:

  • 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 will learn 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. 

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 Third Party Examiners for your CDL Class A license.

​Note: Students who do not pass the course the first time must meet with a full-time CDL faculty member for permission to re-enroll.

approximate course hours

Classroom

40

Lab hours (backing & driving)

148

Backing up hours (per student)

20

Driving hours (per student)

30

TOTAL

238

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.

Specialist certificate of achievement offering

Besides our standard six- and nine-week CDL training classes, we have a training program available that can give you a much deeper understanding of the operations of a tractor-trailer combination. The CDLSD program 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 separate from our basic six-week and nine-week classes, ask your advisor for more details if you're interested.

contact us

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 replacedand 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