Course Outline

PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS ACADEMY
TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER TRAINING
COURSE OUTLINE – 240 HOURS

Sect. I Basic Operation: Intro to Trucking/Structure of the Industry Hours
Unit 1.1 Orientation/Drug Alcohol Policy Review 4
Unit 1.2 Control Systems 3
Unit 1.3 Vehicle Inspections 8
Unit 1.4 Basic Control 12
Unit 1.5 Transmissions and Shifting 4
Unit 1.6 Backing and Docking Maneuvers 12
Unit 1.7 Coupling and Uncoupling 3
Unit 1.8 Basic Control/Proficiency Development 18
Unit 1.9 Special Rigs/Tankers,etc. 7
Sect. II Safe Operating Practices: 5
Unit 2.1 Visual Search
Unit 2.2 Communication 3
Unit 2.3 Speed Management 4
Unit 2.4 Space Management 6
Unit 2.5 Night Driving Operation 4
Unit 2.6 Extreme Driving Conditions 8
Unit 2.7 Proficiency Development/Safe Operating Procedures 14
Sect. III Advanced Operating Practices: 4
Unit 3.1 Hazard Perception
Unit 3.2 Emergency Maneuvers 3
Unit 3.3 Skid Control & Recovery 3
Sect. IV Vehicle Maintenance: 8
Unit 4.1 Vehicle and Engine Systems
Unit 4.2 Air Brake Systems 6
Unit 4.3 Preventive Maintenance/Diagnosing & Reporting 6
Sect. V. Nonvehicle Activities: 12
Unit 5.1 Cargo Handling and Documentation
Unit 5.2 Hours of Service Requirements/Logs 7
Unit 5.3 Accident Reporting Procedures 4
Unit 5.4 Personal Health/Safety/First Aid/CPR 8
Unit 5.5 Trip Planning/Map Reading 5
Unit 5.6 Public and Employer Relations 4
Unit 5.7 Hazardous Materials/Environmental Issues 6
Unit 5.8 Defensive Driving Course 6
Unit 5.9 Industry Update 3
Sub Total (5 weeks @ 40 hrs/wk) 200
Sect VI. ON ROAD DRIVING INSTRUCTION (road training 40 hrs) 40

TOTAL 240
R Time 40 hrs.
*denotes some `lab’ time included
****additional L/R time (1 hr.)
Note: Holidays observed by PDA & “snowdays” can extend activity chart into Week #6 accordingly.
About 100 hourse CL. About 100 L/R and 40 hrs road training.
240 hrs.