Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) | Technical College of the LowCountry

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)


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The Career

Need a job quickly that pays well? The Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Truck Driving program is the answer. Currently there are over 100,000 vacant jobs in the field.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity of more than 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. For those who prefer to stay close to home, there is also high demand for CDL drivers for local routes.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers y must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $41,340, according to 2016 reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers typically do the following:

  • Drive long distances
  • Report to a dispatcher any incidents encountered on the road
  • Follow all applicable traffic laws
  • Inspect their trailers before and after the trip, and record any defects they find
  • Maintain a log of their working hours, following all federal and state regulations
  • Report serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel
  • Keep their trucks and associated equipment clean and in good working order

TCL’s Program

Earn your CDL certificate in just ten weeks. TCL offers training on a rotating basis at the Beaufort Campus, Hampton Campus, and the New River Campus in Bluffton. Classes cover instruction, pre-trip inspections, and practical highway driving practice as well as testing.  This 148-hour course includes Background Check, required drug screen, books and training.

Cost:    $4,100  

Financial Aid may be available through WIOA, SNAP, Voc. Rehab, GI Bill, and the Transitioning Military Training Program.

2018 Schedule

May 14 – July 26              12pm to 4pm     Monday-Thursday

May 14 – July 26                5pm to 9pm     Monday-Thursday

You must have your CDL Permit to apply for entrance to this program.  To be placed on the waiting list for CDL, please complete an application packet which can be obtained at any of our campuses.  At the Beaufort campus, please pick-up the packet from Building 22, Room 106.  All other locations have application packets at the registration desk.  Once the application is complete, please contact Sean Henrickson at 843-525-8369 or shenrickson@tcl.edu.

 

Contact


Sean Henrickson

Vice President

843-525-8369

shenrickson@tcl.edu

Continuing Education & Military Affairs

Bldg 22, Rm 108

Maria Patterson

Administrative Support

843-525-8205

mpatterson@tcl.edu

Continuing Education & Military Affairs

Bldg 22, Rm 106