Commercial Truck Driver Career Overview
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity of more than 26,000 pounds. These drivers are required to obtain a Commercial Drivers License. Some truck drivers deliver goods locally and some over-the-road which spans several states.
Job Duties May Include:
- Time management within the Federal Hours of Services Rules
- Follow all applicable traffic laws
- Inspect their trailer before and after the trip, and report to maintenance when needed
- Keep a log of their activities
- Follow all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
- Keep their truck and associated equipment clean and in good working order
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A) is one of Lord Fairfax Community College’s service region and the Shenandoah Valley’s highest in-demand credentials and continues to lead job openings as the most sought-after credential by employers.
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Commercial Driver’s License CDL-A Program
In this 160-hour program, students will be provided the opportunity to gain the necessary entry-level skills to apply for truck driving positions. Students will also have the chance to gain two national credentials that employers respect in this industry.
Participants may receive:
- Commercial Driver’s License – CDL-A
CDL Training Offers:
- Help with Job Placement
- Funding and Payment Options
- Behind Wheel and Classroom Experience
- Personalized Training
What funding options are available?
The CDL-A program is a FastForward program. Eligible residents who have been living in Virginia for at least one year may qualify for FastForward and pay only one-third of the cost of tuition.
Additional financial assistance, grant funding, and Sallie Mae loans are available here for eligible students.
On Average 22% Wage Increase
Students in FastForward Commercial Truck Driving (CDL-A) Programs saw on average a 22% increase in wages. Learn how FastForward is changing Virginia’s lives >>>
LFCC Workforce Solutions offers Entry Level Driver Training to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Training is tailored to meet the requirements of the entry-level driver training rule, which will mandate all CDL candidates attend a certified CDL school prior to taking their skills test with the DMV. Students will participate in a classroom, range, and on-the-road training. Classroom training will cover topics such as basic control, safe operating procedures, distracted driving, hazard perception, vehicle systems and much more. Range training consists of a pre-trip inspection, straight-line backing, offset backing, and parallel parking, all of which are required to pass the DMV skills test. On-the-road training covers shifting, speed and space management, and many other control topics. Upon satisfactory completion of the required curriculum and a demonstration of the skill set needed to pass the DMV exam, The CDL program will arrange and provide the vehicle for the skills exam. Once students pass the skills exam they will receive a student transcript and a certificate of completion.
LFCC offers both full and part-time training programs. Full-time runs Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm for approximately six weeks. Part-time runs Saturday & Sunday, 8 am – 5 pm for approximately twelve consecutive weekends. During training, multiple recruiters will hold recruiting sessions and student coordinators will provide job placement assistance to each student.
Student Success Stories
There is always going to be a need for transportation and moving freight. These two FastForward graduates from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College earned their CDLs and are on the road to a better life.
For Andrea, FastForward has been nothing short of life-changing. She was incarcerated for over eight years in federal prison, and after serving her time, she knew she had to make a change. Thanks to funding support through FastForward, Andrea was on the road to improving her life.
With little to no experience in tractor-trailers and truck driving, Scott Renner of Cross Junction, VA came to Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions to find a new career. Renner selected LFCC as his number one choice. “There were a couple of schools in the area and they didn’t offer as much as what Lord Fairfax offered,” said Renner. “I really liked what they had to offer. It’s a really good program and they take time to help you out if you need a little extra help in certain places. It was a really good choice for me.”