Commercial Truck Driver Training Starts Aug. 25
July 30, 2003

Jim McCauley of Salisbury, the new truck driver training coordinator at Wor-Wic Community College, announced that the first class will begin on Monday, Aug. 25, at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on the corner of Route 50 and Hobbs Road in Salisbury.

The class will meet Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for eight weeks and will include classroom, range and road instruction. An orientation session will be held one week prior to the start of classes, on Monday, Aug. 18.

“There is a shortage of truck drivers on the Eastern Shore,” McCauley said. “This training gives people in this area a chance to improve their way of living by having a greater career path and a good working environment.”

McCauley recently retired from Perdue Farms in Salisbury after 22 years of service. As director of safety and security at Perdue, he handled fleet and plant safety and security violations. He supervised commercial and non-commercial vehicle inspections, and taught and supervised driver training classes for Perdue employees.

The truck driver training offered by Wor-Wic will cover basic vehicle control, shifting, backing, docking, coupling and uncoupling, engaging safety techniques to avoid incidents, as well as how to manage various driving situations. In addition to vehicle operations, students will learn about vehicle inspections, trip planning, accident reporting, logging hours of service to meet Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, handling hazardous materials safely, and lifestyle issues unique to the professional driver.

Students who successfully complete the course can take the state exam to earn a Class A CDL, with air brakes, combinations, doubles/triples, tankers and hazardous materials endorsements.

In order to enroll, students must be 18 years old or older with a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. They must pass a DOT physical examination and drug screening, be able to lift 100 pounds, and have dependable transportation.

Additional prerequisites include not having any involvement in a crime involving drugs and no violation and/or conviction of state and local motor vehicle and traffic laws for the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a CDL.

For more information, call the community and continuing education office at Wor-Wic at (410) 334-2815 or (410) 641-4134.