Grade Level: 12
This course is designed as a comprehensive training program that prepares students to enter the trucking industry as an entry-level tractor-trailer operator. Instruction will include both classroom activities and behind-the-wheel driving experiences. Additional emphasis will include preventive maintenance and basic control skills training. Students are required to submit to and pass a Department of Transportation, Distribution and Logistics physical exam and drug screen. In addition, students must reach their 18th birthday prior to graduation from high school in order to enroll in and complete this course. Upon successful completion, students will be qualified to operate Class A Commercial Vehicles on Indiana highways.
Students desiring enrollment in this program must be 18 by April\, 1 of the year enrolled and pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and federally-mandated drug screen prior to operating vehicles. The student should schedule this program when completing the senior schedule even though the course does not start until second semester of their senior year. Tuition and lab fees will be paid by the student/parent/guardian directly to Vincennes University.
Throughout the semester of training, students should expect to log approximately 1,000 miles and 30-35 hours of driving time with an additional 15 hours learning to back up various vehicles. Students must maintain an 80% grade average to continue in the program.