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Workforce Development

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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Tractor Trailer on Highway


Fall 2015 Schedules (August - December 2015)

Community Education
Fall 2015 Schedule (.pdf) 

Workforce Development
Fall 2015 Schedule (.pdf) 

Please be advised that the Interactive PDF versions of the continuing education schedules are for reference only and do not reflect course availability or cancellations. For the most up-to-date information about course availability, please use Online Services.

Workforce Development

Commercial Truck Driver Training - Course Outline

Part I


  • We will prepare you to test for a learner's permit at the Motor Vehicle Administration. You will be prepared to test for:
    • General Knowledge
    • Air Brakes
    • Combination
  • Endorsements:
    • Doubles / Triples
    • Tankers
    • Hazardous Materials
  • Coupling & Uncoupling (Learn how to couple and uncouple the tractor and trailer along with basic movement of the vehicle and corresponding safety issues).
  • Engine Compartment (We will discuss the parts of the engine, how they work, how to inspect and why).

Part II


  • Shift Development (Learn the industry standards for proper shifting techniques.)
  • Professional Driver Techniques
  • Backing and Parallel Parking
  • Speed & Space Management
  • Vehicle Inspection (We will instruct on all the parts of the truck, how they work, the importance of Inspection, what to look for and how to identify problems.)
  • Driver Paperwork (Vehicle Condition Reports, Shipping papers and bills of lading)
  • Road Development - rural roads and bridges

Part III


  • Parking and docking
  • Vehicle Inspections (Including The Air Brake System - the most important system on a tractor- trailer)
  • Trip Planning (Including time management and work habits)
  • Map Reading (Learn the proper way to read a map and apply it to your every day life as a Truck driver)
  • Hours of Service (Driver's Log Book)
  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Road development - mountain driving and country roads
  • Entry Level Driver Training - Lifestyle of a driver
  • Driver Fatigue

Part IV


  • F.M.C.S.R. (Learn about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and how these regulations will affect you as a driver in the Transportation Industry)
    • CSA 2010 - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 
  • Many combinations of backing, parking and docking
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Road development - intense safety issues for city driving
  • Hazardous Materials Certification
  • Defensive Driving Certification
  • Driver Qualifications and employment preparation
  • Motor Vehicle Administration License test

For more information contact:

Mary Beth Mc Collum
Programs Coordinator

For a complete listing of courses that CSM offers, please refer to the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.