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Truck Drivers

Nearly 3.5 million people work as truck drivers, hauling goods locally and across the country on the nation’s highways. In addition to driving skills, truck drivers typically have a lot of contact with customers, so they must have good people skills as well. Drivers are also expected to stay informed on current transportation laws. Truck drivers often have long hours on the road, but enjoy good salaries and independence. Job prospects for trained, licensed truck drivers are expected to remain strong through the next decade.

Earning Potential

According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics, median hourly earnings of tractor-trailer drivers was $18.16. Long-distance truck drivers are usually paid by the mile and sometimes by the type of freight, and salaries often include overtime. Salary expectations for first-year drivers range from $37,000 to $40,000.

Training Highlights

Complete vehicle training to prepare you for an entry-level position in the trucking industry, plus a lot more! Designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience, Parkland College Tractor Trailer Driver Training includes everything you need to receive a Commercial Drivers License:

  • You will receive DOT rules, regulations, and log books; training to obtain CDL learner’s permit and endorsement preparation; and thorough instruction in map reading, trip planning, and yard and road vehicle handling.
  • You will receive a certificate after successfully completing the course.
  • You will complete the Illinois Secretary of State administered Class A test.

Complete the course in just four weeks by attending full-time: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or complete the part-time evening course in eight weeks: Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. Thirty hours of home study is required during the course for both options.

We work with many trucking companies that will pre-hire students. Most students receive job offers prior to completion of their training.

For additional information, call 217-353-2106 or via

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