Transport Careers: Commercial Driving

Course Number: 
CTM 101
Course Credits: 
Course Description: 
Students are introduced to transportation careers with an emphasis on commercial truck driving, including: classroom instruction in FMCSR rules and regulations; mechanical overview of tractors and trailers; safety; defensive driving; FMCSR log book rules; trip planning; pre-trip inspection procedures, and mastery of the pre-trip requirements for the CDL Class A exam. Additionally, preventive maintenance techniques; completion of inspection reports; daily/monthly logs; loading and unloading of cargo; freight bills, waybills, and manifests; and selecting appropriate hazardous cargo placards will be discussed. Vocational program course. May be used as a general elective in the AA degree. 5 Theory hours.
Course Prerequisites: 
Place in READ 80 or must have a CASAS score of 220 or higher. Have a valid Washington State driver's license. Must have/provide: 1 ) clean/clear DMV 5-year abstract; 2) DOT physical; meet requirements of FMSCR, sections 391.41 abd 391.49; 3) obtain CDL Instructio n Permit from Washington State DMV. Students must pass a Pre-Employment UA test prior to being able to register for this class. Conc urrent enrollment in CTM 150 and 185 is required. All CTM courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper CDL Pre-trip Inspection procedure
  • Demonstrate CDL written test knowledge for combination vehicles, air brakes, doubles/triples, tankers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of logbook procedures
  • Demonstrate map reading knowledge
  • Demonstrate work ethic needed to operate in trucking industry