Michigan Class A CDL Training -160 Hour Program
In the classroom we will cover all of the material necessary for you to obtain your Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP). You will also be taught how to fill out logbooks and learn map-reading techniques that will help you make timely deliveries. Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations will be thoroughly covered as well as the Commercial Motor Vehicle entry level requirements under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Code.
In the yard you will begin by learning how to conduct a pre-trip safety inspection of the truck and trailer. You will also be taught all of the basic maneuvers required by the State of Michigan. These maneuvers include Straight Line Backing, The Forward Pull Up, 90 Degree Ally Docking and The Precision Right Hand Turn. To prepare you for on the road training you will be introduced to our state of the art shifting simulators. Our simulators will teach you how to navigate though the standard 9 and 10 speed shifting patterns, thereby increasing your confidence and overall skill before you begin your on road instruction.
On the Road Training
While on the road you will be taught how to navigate through the city as well as the expressway. You will develop a sense of awareness which will increase your safety while on the road. You will be taught how to utilize multiple mirrors to eliminate blind spots. You will learn the proper positioning while changing lanes, as well as making right and left hand turns throughout the city. When you have completed our training program you will have earned your professional skills the right way, the safe way.
Our program has been designed to prepare you for a career with major Regional and Over-the- Road trucking companies. When you complete our 160-Hour program you will possess extensive knowledge about the transportation industry and be ready to begin your career as a professional tractor trailer driver. The 160-Hour Program is offered in two formats. We have a Full-time course and a Weekend course. The Full-time course runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 4 weeks. The weekend course runs Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.
During the first week of our Tractor-Trailer Training we will cover all of the material necessary for you to obtain your Temporary Instruction Permit at the Secretary of State. This criterion consists of general knowledge, airbrakes, and combination vehicles. You will also be taught how to fill out logbooks, and learn map-reading techniques that will help you make timely deliveries. Our classroom is equipped with the fully interactive Classroom Performance System (CPS). You will be provided with a handheld remote, which is linked to computer based training software. Throughout the classroom-training portion, you will use your remotes to answer practice questions. All of the material and practice questions will be displayed onto a 70-inch projection screen. Once you master this portion of the program you will go to the Secretary of State to obtain your permit. This allows you to legally begin the hands on portion of the training process where you will learn how maneuver the truck.