Commercial Truck Driving: Entry Level

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South Campus

Instructors
Tom Deligeannis
253.680.7493

Dan French
253.680.7483

Bob Gunter
253.680.7486

Ken Thompson
253.680.7485

Wade Westphal
253.680.7491

Jim Field
Career Advisor
253.680.7410

Location South Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m - 2:30 pm.
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., or
2:30 - 10 p.m.

Commercial Truck Driving: Entry Level**This program is full until Spring Quarter 2014**

Bates Technical College is the only school in Washington State certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute. Students prepare for entry-level employment as commercial truck drivers with the goal of a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL)with all endorsements.

Training takes place in classrooms, on Bates' truck driving range, and on the road, using a variety of equipment.

Note: Through an Opportunity Grant, special tuition and book funding is available to assist low-income adult students entering this program. Contact Ramon Burton, 253.680.7544, for more information.

Prerequisites:

Applicants must:

1. possess a valid Washington state driver's license;

2. have a driving record with no DUI,  negligent, reckless, or hit and run infractions within the past five years;

3. have no more than three moving violations in the past 36 months (a state vehicle operating requirement);

4. must be able to pass the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and drug screen*;

  • FMCSA is changing regulations about who can provide a DOT physical exam from "any willing provider" to a National Registry of Medical Examiners. A link to that registry is here: https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam
  • MultiCare Centers of Occupational Medicine is one of these providers. The fee for this examination is $100.00. They may be contacted by email at occmed@multicare.org, or by visititng their website at: multicareoccmed.org. Students are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible.

 5. not have a felony within the past five years;

6. be a minimum of 18 years of age to enroll in local commercial driving; and 

7. be a minimum of 21 years of age to enroll in long-haul commercial driving.

*DOT drug tests require laboratory testing (49 CFR Part 40 Subpart F) for the following five classes of drugs: 

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates - opium and codeine derivatives
  • Amphetamines and methamphetamines
  • Phencyclidine - PCP 

 

Program Length: Two quarters (approximate)

Certificate of Training: 40 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS

TRUCK 101 Safety/First Aid
TRUCK 102 Introduction to the Trucking Industry
TRUCK 103 Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
TRUCK 104 Pre-Trip Requirements
TRUCK 105 Close Quarters Operation
TRUCK 106 Materials/Cargo I
TRUCK 107 City/Town Driving
TRUCK 108 Freeway/Open Road I

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Students must choose one option:

Option A: Local CREDITS

TRUCK 110 City/Town Driving
TRUCK 111 Materials/Cargo II

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Option B: Long Haul CREDITS

TRUCK 112 Freeway/Open Road II
TRUCK 113 Advanced Commercial Driving

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