Commercial Driver Training

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Commercial Driver Training

To the Commercial Driver Training Certificate Program

CDT101W Fundamentals of Commercial Driver Training
(4 Credits)
This classroom based course provides a comprehensive study of the basics of Commercial Driving, with a particular focus on the safe, legal and professional operation of a variety of vehicles for which commercial licensure is a prerequisite. This course also focuses on the skills and behavioral characteristics of a professional commercial driver. Specific instruction will be provided to prepare students for learners permit testing; preparation and study for additional endorsements will also be covered. Additional topics covered will include:  Log Book / Hours of Service, Map Reading / Trip Planning, DOT Regulations, Hazard Perception, Night Operation, Extreme Driving Conditions, Railroad Crossing Safety, Accident Reports and Combination Vehicles.

CDT103W Air Brake Fundamentals
(1 Credit)
This classroom course covers the components, operator maintenance and safety aspects of air brake systems in use in today’s motor vehicle transportation fleet. Students will understand their safe operation, effects of weather and climate, and other special considerations.

CDT105W Vehicle and Cargo Safety
(3 Credits)
This course prepares a student for the safe operation of vehicles and transport of cargo. Thorough examination of all parts of the vehicle in a systematic process will be taught. The pre-trip vehicle evaluation will be stressed, with daily practice of this critical skill. Students will be prepared to pass the Department of Motor Vehicles Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test portion of formal licensure.

CDT107W Closed Course Vehicle Maneuvers
(3 Credits)
Students will become skilled in the safe, low speed operation of commercial vehicles on a closed course. Topics covered will include trailer coupling and uncoupling, shifting and turning, double clutching, maneuvering the vehicle in straight line backup, conventional and sight side parking, alley docking and turning around in tight areas. Students will be prepared to pass the Department of Motor Vehicles Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test portion of formal licensure.

CDT109W Open Road Vehicle Maneuvers and Management
(3 Credits)
Students will become skilled in the safe operation of unloaded commercial vehicles at speed in a variety of traffic conditions and road types. Topics covered will include Hazard Perception, Uphill and Downhill Grades, Ramps, Lane Changes, and Space Management. Prerequisite: Valid learners permit.

CDT112W Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Capstone
(2 Credits)
The CDL Capstone Course provides individualized instruction to students in preparation for the On Road Driving portion of formal licensure and serves to integrate the technical and professional skills characteristic of a professional commercial motor vehicle operator into a cohesive, career-ready whole. Students will develop a personalized plan in coordination with the instructor that focuses on the safe and legal operation of both unloaded and loaded commercial vehicles in a variety of setting and conditions. (Co-requisites: CDT101W, CDT103W, CDT105W, CDT107W, CDT109W)