This program offers training in the safe and effective operation of Tandem trucks and Tractor Trailer units. Some of the duties include:
- Perform preventive maintenance, defensive driving, and fuel conservation
- Deliver cargo and materials
- Interpret and communicate instructions through dispatch
- Maintain a truck log and keep records of transported materials
- Clean, inspect and service vehicle
- Perform trailer operations and demonstrate defensive driving skills
- Perform pre, post and on route inspections
The program also offers certification in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), Air Brakes (9A), WHMIS, First Aid, Powerline Hazards and Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC). There will be classroom, yard, off and on and highway training with low student to instructor ratios.
Students successfully completing the program qualify for a Class 1 license with Class 3 and 9A endorsements.
- Demonstrate defensive driving techniques, proper economical vehicle operation, and emergency procedures.
- Demonstrate knowledge of types of trucks, power trains, engines, drive lines, brake systems, tires and trailers.
- Demonstrate techniques to drive on course roads, through town and on the Trans Canada Highway.
- Demonstrate knowledge of proper freight handling procedures and methods of preparing and handling documentation connected with transfers of cargo and monies.
- Demonstrate safe work practices and personal protection.
Eligibility for admission requires the applicant to meet one of the following academic criteria:
. High School
High School Graduation
. Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile). It is strongly recommended that courses include the following:
i. Mathematics 1102A, 1102B, 1102C and 2102A, 2102B, 2102C or 3102A, 3102B and 3102C
ii. Science 3101, 3102, 3103
. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Trades
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Trades) Certificate
. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, must be at least 19 years of age at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
Additional Entrance Requirements:
1. Driver's License and Medical
You must possess an unrestricted Class 5 driver's license for one (1) year.
Upon acceptance to the program, you must provide the following additional documentation:
i. A Motor Registration Division - Medical Examination Report with a vision test completed by a doctor.
ii. A Driving Abstract record showing no more than four (4) demerit points.
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Upon starting the program, students will be required to complete a commercial written test successfully. Once completed you will be issued a permit by the Department of Motor Registration Division that allows you to be instructed by a licensed commercial driver in preparation for a Class 03 license.
Graduates may find employment in the following areas:
- Trucking companies
- Manufacturing and distribution companies
- Retail outlets
- Moving companies