Truck DrivingTransportation Training
Truckers are in high demand in the Permian Basin, and training them just got a boost!
The Midland Development Corporation announced it received a $100,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission that will go toward growing the Midland College Transportation Training program.
Steps to get started:
Need help with the permit?
Contact (432) 684-5323, or email@example.com
Please call the Transportation Training office at (432) 681-6318 to get information regarding class schedules due to COVID-19 pandemic.
All candidates must attend an orientation session
1. All applicants must have Commercial License Permit (CLP)
- A CLP costs $25.00
- You must have a current Medical Card at the time of the application for the CLP. DPS
will not let you test for your permit without a medical card.
* You can get a medical card at Nova Medical, 2501 W. Illinois, Midland, TX, cost is $85.00 and walk-ins are welcome.
- You MUST take all required tests listed below and must have completed your CLP for a minimum of 14 days prior to applying for the CDL driving test.
- Your CLP will be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance.
- If you need help with passing the commercial license permit, free class are available
at Midland College.
ESL Classes - Call (432) 685-5323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GED Classes - Call (432) 685-6817 or email email@example.com
- Upon applying for the CDL driving test, you will be charged a fee ranging from $37-61.
- You must have your social security card to apply for the CLP.
- The CLP will be a separate card from your actual driver’s license and CANNOT be used as a form of ID.
TESTS NEEDED FOR A CLP - $25.00
Section 14 , Special Requirements, 20/6
Sections 1.3, General Knowledge, 50/10
Section 6, Combination, 20/4
Section 5, Air Brakes, 25/5
Section 7, Doubles/Triples, 20/4, CLP required
Section 8, Tankers, 20/4
Section 9, Hazmat, 30/6
If you currently hold a class B CDL and plan to upgrade to a class A CDL, you will need to apply for the CLP and take the combination test. Once passed, you can apply for the CDL driving test after 14 days.
If you currently have a CDL and plan to add School Bus and Passenger Endorsements, you will need to apply for the CLP driving test after 14 days.
If you are adding Tankers, Double/Triples or Hazmat, you will NOT need the CLP.
2. Attend a Prerequisite/Orientation Session
Prerequisite/Orientation Sessions are offered prior to a new class offering. At the
session we verify that Driver’s Licenses and Medical Cards are current and drug screenings
3. Submit Prerequisite Paperwork
- Class A Commercial Learners Permit-CLP
- DOT Physical-Medical card
- DOT Drug test-(Pass)
4. Complete & Submit the APPLICATION
Total Cost of the program - $4,100
The 5-week program cost includes the following:
- 40 hours combined of online and classroom instruction provided
- 160 hours of actual, hands-on driving by the student to consist of road, turns, shifting and in town driving
- Pre-trip, post-trip and backing procedures
- Upon completion of the class Midland College offers 3rd Party Drive Tests to be conducted in house
- In order for Students to receive 3rd Party Testing, student is to provide a copy of their MVR Type AR (Abstract Driver Record): Certified abstract of complete driving record of License holder on the day of test for an out of pocket fee of $22.00
- All books and classroom material provide for instructional use while in class.
A scholarship is available through Midland College for $700.00 providing the student meets financial eligibility. Casa de Amigos (432-682-9701) and Workforce (432-367-3332) also partner with Midland College in providing financial assistance, determined upon eligibility.
Call our Midland College Transportation office for information on how to get started in a new exciting career as a Professional Truck Driver, (432) 681-6318.
Please note: Students with a prior balance (a hold that prevents registration), will have this balance on their account. Students must contact the cashier’s office at (432) 685-4531 and resolve the issue BEFORE being permitted to register for Continuing Education courses.
Cash, checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted for course payment.
Courses that lack sufficient enrollment will be cancelled by 12:00 p.m. (noon) two business days prior to the first class day. If a course is cancelled, the Continuing Education department makes every effort to notify all registered students promptly. Students will only be contacted if a course is cancelled or if any changes are made to the course information originally published in the Continuing Education schedule.
Each Continuing Education class has a minimum student enrollment requirement that has to be met in order for the class to make. Paid students that are enrolled in a cancelled course will automatically be issued a refund from our accounting department. No cash refunds will be issued.
Students will receive a 100% refund (less a $10 processing fee) if they drop prior to the first class day. They will receive an 80% refund (less $10) if they drop before the second class day. With the exception of extenuating circumstances, students will not receive a refund for a one-day class if they drop on the day of the class. No refunds will be given after the second class day. It is the student’s responsibility to cancel their registration. Allow 30 days for refund processing. No cash refunds will be issued.
Cell Phone usage
Prohibited during classroom training and in the Trucks while training, with the exception of breaks and lunch. Make phone calls during break, lunch, or after class. NO SOCIAL MEDIA, OR TEXTING! NO VIDEOS OF TRAINING WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN PERMISSION OF MIDLAND COLLEGE!
Students are to park in the parking lot. Not by trees or in the Employee Parking.
MCTT does not assume responsibility for personal items left in classroom or vehicles. Lock your vehicle. Do not leave your books or belongings unattended in class. If you have something of value leave it at home or keep it locked up.
Eats, Drinks, and Smokes
NO SMOKING IS ALLOWED inside of the building or the training vehicles. No smoking within 25 feet of Trucks. There are designated smoking areas outside for you to utilize during break and lunch times. Please use the “Butt Can” for discarding cigarette butts. MCTT has a break room for breaks and lunches. You must clean after yourself in the break room and kitchen area. Push up chairs and pick up any trash and discard any leftover food when leaving.
Alcohol and Drugs
Use, sales or possession of alcohol and/or drugs will get you permanently dismissed from the program without refund, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Random drug and alcohol screenings will be done throughout the program if necessary. We do it, DOT does it and your employer will do it. If you are taking any prescriptions or over the counter medications, report this to the MCTT staff. Many legal medications can seriously hamper your performance.
Transportation Training follows all Midland College Policies and Procedures. See www.midland.edu for updated policies and procedures.
Daily “Must Have” items
Don’t leave home without them! DOT Physical Card, Log book, Temporary Permit or CDL, pen and highlighter.
Clothing, Personal Hygiene, and Appearance
Hard-soled shoes or boots are mandatory! No sandals or open toe shoes of any kind. A cap or hat is recommended for yard days. We train in all weather conditions, dress accordingly. Absolutely no halter tops or T-shirts with offensive slogans, and no shorts. No Keys, combs, or other sharp objects in pockets, which could damage the truck seats. Long hair may need to be pulled back, during certain training activities. Please be considerate, you will be in a very close area during vehicle training. Keep cologne, perfume, and other body odors to a minimum.
Don’t think school, think reporting to work. If you’re going to miss class or be late, CALL IN. Any missed time will be lost time. Make-up time is scheduled for you by the Director of Transportation Training, not you. No refund will be given. If you have a family emergency that requires you to be away from school, you must talk to the Director to schedule your return. Class will begin at 8:00 AM sharp, so please be here at 7:45 AM. Lunch hours are given each days. Pay close attention to your instructor on when to return. If you are late on road days and miss the truck you will miss the truck training for that day.
Fighting or physical harassment will not be tolerated. You will be removed from school for this behavior! Profanity must be kept to a minimum and not directed to any person. Sexual remarks are a LEGAL MATTER and will be actively prosecuted. Racial slurs, jokes, and slang will not be tolerated at MCTT. If you have a problem with a MCTT staff/instructor meet with the Director. Midland College has an open-door policy. Tantrums, whining, and complaining will not be tolerated during class.
MCTT is visited by recruiters, visitors, officers, and local employers. Treat all visitors with respect and professionalism!
Training Area Rules
Do not move a training vehicle without a trainer present. Do not move a training vehicle until you are instructed to do so by the instructor. Only move the vehicle in low gear or reverse with no acceleration (KEEP YOUR FEET OFF OF THE GAS!) Any student not following this rule, will be removed from the truck and will be placed on duty. All accidents, no matter how minor must be reported. You will be sent for a Post-Accident Drug Screen. NO EXCEPTIONS! No radios or headsets are allowed in the classroom, or training vehicles. Cell phones must be put on silent or vibrate during class time or in the Training Vehicle. Answer and make phone calls during break, lunch, or after class. Failure to use proper techniques while operating the Training Tractor is considered “vehicle abuse” and will not be tolerated. Listen to your Instructor’s instruction on how the vehicle should be handled.
Midland College does not tolerate any form of student/employee relationships. You
must maintain a professional relationship with MCTT instructors and staff. NO EXCEPTIONS
TO THIS RULE! Students violating this rule will be removed from this program.
1. Student Must Have in his/her possession DOT Physical Card, Log Book (filled in daily), Temporary Permit or CDL. Your student file must have a copy of your Drug Screen Receipt and Medical Long Form before operating a Training Vehicle.
2. The student instructed to start the truck in the morning, must PERFORM PRE-TRIP INSPECTION before starting the engine. Enter and exit training vehicle properly with three points of contact. WHEN ENTERING AND EXITING THE TRAINING VEHICLE PLEASE SHUT ALL DOORS.
3. No acceleration in the yard. Idle speed only in low or reverse.
4. No lights will be turned on (inside or on trailer) unless instructed to do so except pre-trip and post-trip.
5. Do not blow the horn unless you are instructed to do so.
6. No smoking in the trucks or within 25 feet!
7. NEVER MOVE THE TRUCK WITHOUT AN INSTRUCTOR PRESENT! ONLY move the truck when instructed to do so, by the instructor.
8. No sandals or open toed shoes allowed in the yard.
9. Do not stand directly behind the trailer at any time. Make sure the driver can always see you at all times.
10. No horse play allowed in the yard, i.e. throwing rocks, riding on any part of the truck while it is moving.
11. Always return the keys to the instructor immediately after use.
12. All students must pass the Backing Skills test before proceeding to shifting range.
13. Do not ride the clutch. Clutch must be engaged or disengaged at all times. Keep the truck moving during backing practice.
14. Repeated violations of any rule, deliberate abuse of the Equipment, and Failure to follow instructions will result in dismissal from class that day. Make up time will not be offered. If continued violations occur, permanent removal will result.
15. The student performing the coupling and uncoupling procedure MUST COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PROCEDURE with no assistance from other students.
16. Students may take bathroom breaks before/after class during lunch/breaks. If a bathroom break is needed during yard time, inform the instructor.
17. All students are responsible for setting up the Traffic Cones in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day.
18. All students must remain with the class until all tasks are completed including, Post-Trip and DVIR and Log Books and trash is taken out.
19. AIR TANKS must be drained at the end of each day.
20. Students, who are not doing the pre-trip/post-trip inspection, must be observing.
While in the Program
Week 1 - Prerequisite
(Prerequisite/Classroom — 40 hours) - Drug Screen
Midland College offers an Online/Classroom Training Topics to Include Permit, Combo, Air Brake, Pre-Trip, General Knowledge, Hazmat, Tankers, Doubles/Triples, Map Reading, Trip Planning, Accident Procedures, and Log Books.
(In-vehicle training — 40 hours)
Activities include Basic Backing Range Maneuvers, Straight Line, Off-set (Left & Right) Backing, Parallel Parking, Alley Dock and 90 Degree Backing. Intermediate Range Maneuvers, Advance Range Maneuvers, Shifting, Basic Turning Maneuvers, and Basic Street Driving.
(In-vehicle training — 40 hours)
Activities include Intermediate Range Maneuvers, Advance Range Maneuvers, Shifting, Basic Turning Maneuvers, and Intermediate Street Driving.
(In-vehicle training — 40 hours)
Activities include Advance Range Maneuvers, Advance Shifting, Advance Turning Maneuvers, and Advance Road and Street Driving.
Upon successful completion of the program
Students receive a Class A CDL with the ability of obtaining endorsements in Hazmat,
Doubles, and Triples, and Tankers.
Great Opportunities After Completion
Most trucking companies offer both health and dental insurance. Larger companies offer
stock options and retirement accounts. Truckers can expect sick and paid vacation
days each year, both amounts that will increase the longer you stay with the company.
Prescription medication coverage, life insurance policies, and other forms of medical
assistance are also generally offered as part of a benefits package. In addition,
you can expect pay bonuses and increases on an annual basis.
How Much Does an Oilfield Driver Make?
For oil field truck driving jobs, salary is a key consideration. If you work in this sector of trucking, the pay will depend on a few things, including location, the company you contract with, your driving experience, and the type of position you take.
- Fuel truck drivers were reported to earn anywhere from $30,000 - $60,000, according
- Glassdoor.com listed the average salary for crude oil drivers at $74,000 per year as of October
- Indeed.com lists salaries of different types of oil field drivers that you can use to look for your opportunities. For instance, this search for “oil truck drivers” in Houston, TX, revealed salaries for frac sand haulers that were over $100,000 per year.
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