Premier Driver Development Program, Option 2


PREMIER DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM/ OPTION 2 CLASS A/HEAVY EQUIPMENT (600 CLOCK HOURS)
  • APPROVED FOR GI BILL® BENEFITS FOR ELIGIBLE VETERANS
  • COUNTY TRAINING GRANTS (WIOA, BVR, BWC, TAA)
  • PELL GRANT
  • DIRECT LOANS
  • SALLIE MAE CAREER TRAINING SMART OPTION STUDENT LOAN®
  • EDUCATIONAL LOAN SOURCE * PAYMENT PLAN

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATION – 240 Hrs.
This course provides students with the basic skills and fundamentals needed to obtain an entry level position in the Heavy equipment field. Students will receive NCCER certificates in Core Curriculum, Level One, and Level Two. Modular credit will be applied for NCCER Level Three. Certifications will be granted on various equipment used in this training.

CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION – 120 Hrs.
Classroom Instruction consists of introducing students to the trucking industry, its regulations, laws, taxes, and standards. It covers a wide range of subjects to strengthen the student’s knowledge in truck driving techniques, maneuvers and safety awareness, and CDL Prep.

YARD INSTRUCTION – 148 Hrs.
Yard instruction gives students experience operating Class A & B vehicles. Driving range instruction consists of how to properly maintain equipment, couple & uncouple tractor-trailer combination units, perform vehicle inspections, and practice various backing maneuvers.

ROAD TRAINING – 52 Hrs.
On road instruction introduces the students to various traffic situations and roadway systems to develop safe driving techniques. Students apply speed and space management, visual search, communication shifting techniques, double clutching, progressive shifting, and defensive driving techniques to safely operate a tractor- trailer.

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 600 Hrs.
FULL TUITION: $22,495.00

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: This program is designed for individuals who have no previous tractor-trailer experience or equipment operating experience and want an extensive training program that provides opportunities for graduates in truck driving, and equipment operation jobs. This program includes classroom instruction designed to help students pass the CDL Skills Test, operate heavy equipment in a hands-on environment, and a number of safety credentials valuable to the industry. Training prepares students for the CDL Skills Test and entry-level employment as a tractor- trailer driver, or equipment operator.

Full time – 15 Weeks Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Start Date Expected Graduation Date Holidays
06/10/2019 09/26/2019 Independence Day, July 5th, Labor Day
06/24/2019 10/09/2019 Independence Day, July 5th, Labor Day
07/08/2019 10/22/2019 Labor Day
07/29/2019 11/12/2019 Labor Day, Veterans Day
08/12/2019 11/26/2019 Labor Day, Veterans Day
08/19/2019 12/05/2019 Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Nov 29th
09/09/2019 12/31/2019 Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Nov 29th, Dec 24th, Christmas, New Year’s Day
09/30/2019 01/24/2020 Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Nov 29th, Dec 24th, Christmas, New Year’s Day
10/14/2019 02/06/2020 Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Nov 29th, Dec 24th, Christmas, New Year’s Day
10/21/2019 02/13/2020 Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Nov 29th, Dec 24th, Christmas, New Year’s Day
11/12/2019 03/06/2020 Thanksgiving, Nov 29th, Dec 24th, Christmas, New Year’s Day, MLK
12/02/2019 03/24/2020 Dec 24th, Christmas, New Year’s Day, MLK

Interested in earning your CDL? Why not add Heavy Equipment Operation Training to double the potential job openings available to you? Great Lakes Truck Driving has several experienced faculty members waiting to help you learn the fundamentals of heavy equipment operation!

Our heavy equipment operation training is designed to give basic operational fundamentals of:

  • Backhoe
  • Bulldozer
  • Track Loader
  • Excavator
  • Front-End Loader
  • Dump Truck

Classroom curriculum will cover topics such as:

  • Basic Safety
  • Construction Math
  • Construction Drawing Basics
  • Basic Material Handling Introduction
  • Hand & Power Tool Introduction

This is then followed by hands-on fundamentals including:

  • Trenching for Laying Pipe
  • Trench Safety
  • Dump Truck Loading
  • Setup & Use of Grade Lasers
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Loading, Unloading & Securement of Equipment on Trailers
  • Pre-Start Inspections
  • Equipment Preventative Maintenance

These fundamentals will then lead into more advanced training projects giving the student a basic understanding of equipment operation and the excavating field on the jobsite. Examples include:

  • Pond Excavation
  • Basement & Footers
  • Roads
  • Pools

Students taking heavy equipment training will earn their NCCER (National Center for Construction & Research) Certification which will include NCCER Core Curriculum, as well as NCCER Heavy Equipment Operations Level I Certification and Module Certification within NCCER Levels I & III. The NCCER Core Certification is the foundation for the NCCER Curriculum and is designed to prepare the student for a career in the construction industry. The NCCER Level I Certification will cover topics such as proper equipment identification for the job, equipment & site safety, introduction to earth moving, proper establishment of grade, and shooting a grade with lasers. Lastly, modules covered under Levels II & III, while not a NCCER Certification, will cover the proper usage & identification of skid steers & loaders, and more advanced equipment operations with backhoes, bulldozers, and excavators.

Students enrolled in any of our programs including heavy equipment operation will result in the same Certifications listed above; however, those enrolled into the Premier Driver Development Program – Option 2 (600 clock hours) will get more seat time and experience with more advanced projects.