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Areas of Study | | LGST025 syllabus




COURSE NUMBER: LGST025
COURSE TITLE:Tractor/Trailer Driver Training
DIVISION:Technology
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:11
CONTACT HOURS:240
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person (Classroom and Behind the Wheel)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Day classes every 6 weeks (8AM-4:30PM; Mon.-Fri.) Weekend/night classes available Class A CDL (Tractor-Trailer)

PREREQUISITES:
Dot Physical, drug screen, copy of Motor Vehicle Record

NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Pass the General Knowledge, Combination, and Air Brakes Permit Test.
  • Adequately perform a complete pre-trip inspection
  • Safely control and maneuver the vehicle in various traffic situations.
  • Shift using the double clutch shifting method safely and effectively
  • Back and articulated tractor/trailer unit into and through various obstacles.
  • Couple and uncouple a tractor/trailer unit.
  • Apply proper logbook procedures based on a professional understanding of the hours of service regulations.
  • Calculate axle weight, and adjust according to state and federal laws.
  • Get a Class A CDL License by passing the Pre-trip, yard skills, and driving tests at the licensing bureau.
  • Recognize, avoid, or solve potential hazardous situations related to on the road truck driving
  • Be familiar with various companies that hire students out of school.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  1. Classroom Study
    1. Permit Study
    2. Hours of Service Training
      1. Log trip assignments
      2. Fill out log book page for each day
    3. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Study
    4. Shifting Method
    5. Map Reading
      1. Trip planning
      2. On line map usage
    6. Textbook Study
  2. Behind the Wheel/Hands on Training
    1. Pre-trip
      1. Outside of truck and trailer
      2. In-cab inspection
      3. 7 step air brake test
    2. Yard Skills
      1. Couple and uncouple
      2. Backing Maneuvers (straight, offset, parallel, and dock)
      3. Shifting (low gears)
    3. Road Drives
      1. Rural, city, and interstate

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
J.J. Keller’s Entry-Level Driver Training Student Manual

Illinois CDL Commercial Drivers License Study Guide by Jesse White Secretary of State

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Pocketbook by J.J. Keller and Associates

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
Grades are compiled by calculating: classroom subjects, log trips, attendance, skills testing, road testing, and final exam grades.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2019

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