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Truck Driving
Program Code: 30-458-1

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Technical Diploma: 12 Credits
Daytime and Evening Classes Available
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible (Student Loans Only)

Career Opportunities

As an over-the-road truck driver, you are a professional driver who delivers goods between locations hundreds, or even thousands, of miles apart. As a local truck driver, you move goods from terminals and warehouses to factories, stores and homes in the area. These skilled drivers maneuver trucks into tight parking spaces, through narrow alleys and up to loading platforms of many shapes and sizes.

Our staff is well connected to employers in the trucking industry throughout America and Canada. Although we cannot guarantee your career, many employers have shown a great deal of interest in seeking out and hiring Fox Valley Technical College's well-qualified graduates.

We maintain a professional contact with many trucking companies across America. We invite the company representatives to visit with our students on a regular basis. From these visits and contacts, you can learn about companies with whom you'll be interviewing. You'll know who their customers are; what they expect in an employee; and the company's pay scales and benefits.

Program Description

The Truck Driving program is a course of study which allows you to progress with professional staff assistance according to your specific skills and ability. The curriculum focuses on developing backing and driving skills through classroom, lab, range and roadway experiences. Also additional on-line resources are available to assist with developing your skills.

Both our evening and daytime Truck Driving programs are certified through Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI). In the day class, you will be attending 43 hours per week, Monday through Friday for 10 weeks, totaling 430 hours. The night class is 24 hours per week, Monday through Thursday for 18 weeks. In order to graduate, you must complete all the required competencies in the Truck Driving program. Additional weeks of instruction are available if you need extra help.

Our courses offer a reflection of an everyday contact that a professional truck driver may have with fellow drivers, dispatchers, shippers, mechanics, the general public, and law enforcement personnel. All FMCSR required entry-level education materials are thoroughly covered.

To qualify for entry into the Truck Driving program, you must meet the FMCSA requirements, including but not limited to: possess a valid driver's license and be able to pass a DOT physical examination including a DOT drug test. If you are planning to pursue truck driving as a career, you should possess good dexterous skills, patience, self-discipline, maturity, and a good driving record. You must also be able to cope with family, social and company concerns that are unique to this occupation.

The Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) truck driving programs and staff are members of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association (WMCA) and the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS).

Program/Plan Admission Requirements
  • Can read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public including all FVTC staff instruction and dialogue, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records
  • 18 years of age
  • Provide a Valid driver's license
  • Provide a Valid Proper Instruction Permit
  • Provide a Valid D.O.T. Physical
  • Provide a Valid DOT and FMCSR Drug Test
  • Meet all FMCSR (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) requirements

Note: Additionally, the first week of classes, all students will participate in a DOT physical exam and a Drug test. These must be done with the entire student group the first week and are done at the expense of the student. Any unauthorized physicals and drug testing will not be honored.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • Drive a commercial vehicle safely.
  • Inspect the vehicle to ensure safety of operation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of a commercial vehicle in the United States.
  • Complete appropriate paperwork correctly.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan trips and routes including managing loads and weight distribution.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, customers and supervisors.
  • Obtain a commercial driver's license.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of securing a commercial vehicle.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Driver education and vehicle mechanics are useful.

Range and Skill Work
  • 27’, 48’ and 53’ Trailers (Vans, Tankers and Flat Beds)
  • Road Time With and Without Instructor
  • Driving Range Exercises (backing, turning, etc.)
  • City Driving/Highway Driving
  • Defensive Driving
  • Proper Vehicle Inspections

Related Class Work
  • State and Federal Driving Regulations
  • Trip Planning and Map Reading
  • Trailer Coupling and Uncoupling
  • Air Brake Systems
  • Pickup and Delivery
  • State and Federal Weight Laws
  • Advanced Driving Techniques (Wisconsin Decision Driving Course-Skid Pad)
  • CDL Skill Road Test will be administered to all students at the current cost.
  • Entry-Level Training Requirements
  • Compliance Safety & Accountability (CSA)

Classroom/Lab/Audiovisual Instructional Units
  • Control Systems
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Coupling and Uncoupling
  • Special Rigs
  • Visual Search Communication
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • Night Operation
  • Extreme Driving Conditions
  • Proficiency Development: Safe Operating Procedures
  • Hazard Perception
  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Skid Control and Recovery
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Preventive Maintenance and Servicing
  • Diagnosing and Reporting Malfunctions
  • Handling Cargo
  • Cargo Documentation
  • Hours of Service Requirements
  • Accident Procedures
  • Personal Health and Safety
  • Trip Planning
  • Public and Employer Relations

Student Success

Contact Us

For additional program information, visit the department website at, or phone the Truck Driving information line at (920) 735-5793.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program