POWELL, Wyo. ─ Aspiring truck drivers can learn to drive truck for local businesses, agriculture or the oil and gas industry in a Class A CDL Truck Driver Training course Feb. 16-March 20. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 26.
The training provides tractor-trailer driving fundamentals to students who have minimal or no truck-driving experience. Graduates can expect to have in hand the essential knowledge and practical skills to qualify for entry-level, supervised over-the-road or in-town positions driving tractor-trailers, heavy duty trucks, dump trucks and medium-sized delivery trucks.
Truck-driving skills and knowledge will be developed through 104 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on lab time, 14 hours of independent study, 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training and the two-hour Wyoming CDL Exam. Classroom hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Driving times can be scheduled anytime during the day or evenings and on weekends. All behind-the-wheel training is provided with one student per truck.
Classroom instruction focuses on defensive driving, pre- and post-trip vehicle inspection, coupling and uncoupling, vehicle systems and controls, driver communications, speed and space management, visual search techniques, backing and employer relations.
Behind-the-wheel instruction includes backing and parking, braking and slowing, proper turns, basic control, emergency equipment, coupling/uncoupling and vehicle inspection.
Applicants must be able to pass a Federal DOT Drug Screen and Physical and sit for an interview. Training is provided by Sage Truck Driving Schools.