Commercial Truck Driving

WHAT DOES A COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVER DO?

Add mileage to your professional future by training to earn your Kansas commercial driver’s license (CDL). This specialized training can lead to a variety of career options from driving a bus to hauling goods across the country. It is a short-term investment that can bring long-term benefits to any job seeker.  Get on the road to a better future and enroll now in Washburn Tech’s commercial truck driving program.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

This program begins with four days of interaction with the Kansas Department of Transportation including a physical, drug screen and testing for instructional permits. Students will then spend time in the classroom and behind the wheel. Classroom training covers federal motor carrier regulations, daily logs and equipment of the trade. Driving training includes inspections, range driving, defensive driving, basic road skills and backing skills. In addition, students will hear presentations from several industry professionals, including placement presentations with major trucking companies. Attending full-day, students can complete the course in six weeks. Students attending half-day can complete the course in one semester. Please note: this program is not financial aid eligible.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is expected to grow by 11 percent during a 10-year period according to the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL). As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving. The KDOL lists the average entry-level salary in 2015 at $13.64 an hour or $28,372 annually. The average wage was $18.69 an hour or $38,867 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry

$28,372

$13.64

Average

$38,867

$18.69

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CDL

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS