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CDL Class A Truck Driver Training
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Gear up for a skill that's in great demand!

At this time we only offer our eight week day time program. This class is designed to allow you the opportunity to learn to drive semi trailer trucks and get into a rewarding truck driving career.

This course covers much more than the basics in Commercial Drivers' Class A License training. Topics include safe driving, vehicle inspections and understanding FMCS Regulations. The course also addresses all CDL endorsements and truck controls, including shifting, driving, backing and cargo handling. Soft skills are taught, such as employer-employee relations, customer relations, trip planning and map reading. The training program breaks down into three segments:

  • DESL 1310 - Truck Driving CDL Training I
  • DESL 1320 - Truck Driving CDL Training II
    • HLTH 1010 - First Aid/CPR

Registration and Application Documents

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be qualified to test at the Department of Motor Vehicles for a CDL Class A license and receive a certificate of completion.

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Truck driving is in the top 5 on the list of hot jobs
in Nebraska and #1 in OMAHA!

In the next five years, 1,764 new truck drivers will be needed and 757 will need to be replaced -- and that's just in Nebraska. These numbers represent a 29 percent increase in demand over the number of truckers needed in 2002.

Trucks play an integral role in the transportation industry 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.

Course TOPICs

DESL 1310 - Truck Driving CDL Training I

  • Basic Truck Operation
  • CDL Test Overview
  • Non-vehicle Activities

DESL 1320 - Truck Driving CDL Training II

  • Safe Operating Practices
  • Advanced Vehicle Operation Procedures
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • HLTH 1010 - First Aid/CPR
  • CDL-A License Exams

Breakdown of Course Hours

Lab hours
Backing-up hours
Driving hours


Class Times

Classes are held Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MCC's Applied Technology Center in Irvington, NE. You must register in person.

Winter 2014 class starts December 1st, registration begins October 2nd.

Spring 2015 class starts March 6th, registration begins January 22nd.

Summer 2015 class starts June 5th, registration begins March 26th.


MCC's CDL Training program is more affordable than many other truck driving schools. The in-state cost of tuition and books for the entire program is approximately $1,300. There are additional expenses you will incur, which would be part of any other truck driving training program. Financial aid maybe available for this program; however, some companies reimburse a student's tuition expenses up to a maximum amount set in the company's hiring policies.

Mini-seminars - A MCC Difference

MCC recognizes that for you to be successful in this career, you'll need to know more than simply driving a truck. Through their community partnerships with industry-related companies, they will bring in professionals to conduct mini-seminars on maintenance, first aid, cargo theft prevention and safety and finances. 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.

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A Lifestyle Choice

Some companies haul freight locally and regionally. These are short-haulers, meaning there are times you may be away from home overnight. Most trucking companies are long distance haulers that move freight across the country. Long-haul trucking isn't for everyone. In either case, your entire work shift is spent behind the wheel. You may be away from home two weeks or more than a month. But for those who are a good fit for this type of career, it can pay well.

Some companies use two-driver teams on very long runs—one drives while the other sleeps in a berth behind the cab. “Sleeper” runs may last for days, or even weeks, usually with the truck stopping only for fuel, food, loading and unloading. Some husband-wife teams have been very successful in this arrangement.


You must complete prior to the class start date:

  • Be at least 21 years old for interstate driving
  • Be at least 18 years old for intrastate driving
  • Have a valid driver's license from state of residence
  • Have a valid Commercial Learner's Permit from state of residence
  • Pass a drug screen within 30 days prior to class start date
  • Pass a current Department of Transportation (DOT) physical
  • Be able to read, write and speak English clearly
  • Pass the English, Reading, and Writing COMPASS test with scores of 62 and 52 respectively
  • Complete a student information sheet (obtained from CDL training personnel)
  • Obtain a current motor vehicle record from state of residence


Median hourly earnings of heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers were $15.97 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.51 and $20.01 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.01, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.75 an hour.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many drivers make $32,000-35,000 their first year. Some drivers can make $48,000-50,000 by their third year, depending their level of commitment.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2012, due to growth in the economy and in the amount of freight carried by truck. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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For More Information

Darryl Partner — Faculty, CDL Training Instructor
Kim Martin — Faculty, CDL Training Instructor
John Timperley — Faculty, CDL Training Instructor

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Certified and approved by Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

page last updated March 25, 2015

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