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Become A Truck Driver Instructor

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Working As A Truck Driver Instructor

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $62,400

    Average Salary

What Does A Truck Driver Instructor Do At Career Systems Development-Job Corp

* 1. Teaches State of Maine C
* D.L. curriculum for Class A and Class B licensure including Maine Driving Dynamics and applicable endorsements as required by DOL/State of Maine Training Achievement Record.
* Utilizes all possible curriculum resources available
* Responsible for the maintenance of student personnel folders and student training achievement records
* Records and forwards daily attendance to the Student Records area
* Responsible for insuring that the equipment and supplies are cared for
* Accountable for the cleanliness of classrooms
* Responsible for reports required by the Manager such as student/staff hours, requisitions and monthly student evaluations

What Does A Truck Driver Instructor Do At Fedex Freight, Inc.

* Operate tractor-trailer combination, including doubles (and triples, where applicable) and/or straight trucks
* Perform daily pre-trip and safety inspections on equipment
* Hook/unhook trailers and converter dollies to/from a tractor and/or trailer
* Perform freight handling using appropriate motorized and manual equipment, including but not limited to: forklift, pallet jack and hand truck
* Secure freight inside trailers using appropriate tools and supplies, including but not limited to: pallets, straps and rope
* Recoup/repair damaged freight when necessary
* Verify and complete required documentation and reports
* Comply with hazardous material regulations and procedures
* Collect cash or checks for freight charges, as required, and maintain required documentation
* Follow dispatch instructions and communicate with dispatch, including but not limited to: delays, arrivals and equipment problems, as required
* Communicate with customers to determine pick-up or delivery needs and solicits additional business
* Demonstrate internal and external customer service
* Ask for additional business from customers, and provide leads to sales for potential new opportunities
* Create and edit current curriculum to better educate participants
* Coordinate class schedules and locations, schedule skills course and drive times, secure equipment and supplies and measure success of participants
* Maintain good working relationship with service center managers and manager driver development
* Conduct pre-shift meetings, advertise for new participants and work with operations to encourage enrollment
* Assist in certifying new driver development coordinator instructors to ensure uniformity
* Conduct road tests, facilitate Smith System safe driving guidelines
* Comply with all applicable laws/regulations, as well as company policies/procedures

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How To Become A Truck Driver Instructor

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truckdriving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).


Most companies require their truck drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Many companies require drivers to attend professional truckdriving schools, where they take training courses to learn how to maneuver large vehicles on highways or through crowded streets. During these classes, drivers also learn the federal laws and regulations governing interstate truck driving. Students attend either a private truckdriving school or a program at a community college that lasts between 3 and 6 months.

Upon finishing their classes, drivers receive a certificate of completion.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a requirement that mandates all newly hired interstate truck drivers to take a truckdriving course.

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) certifies a small percentage of driver-training courses at truckdriver training schools that meet both the industry standards and the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All long-haul truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but generally include passing both a knowledge test and a driving test. States have the right to refuse to issue a CDL to anyone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Drivers can get endorsements to their CDL that show their ability to drive a specialized type of vehicle. Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) must have a hazardous materials endorsement (H). Getting this endorsement requires passing an additional knowledge test and a background check.

Federal regulations require random testing of on-duty truck drivers for drug or alcohol abuse. In addition, truck drivers can have their CDL suspended if they are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.

Other actions can result in a suspension after multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a list of these violations. Additionally, some companies have stricter standards than what federal regulations require.


After completing truckdriving school and being hired by a company, drivers normally receive between 1 and 3 months of on-the-job training. During this time, they drive a truck with a more experienced mentor–driver in the passenger seat. This period of on-the-job training is given so that the new drivers will learn more about the specific type of truck they will drive and material they will transport.

Important Qualities

Hand-eye coordination. Drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers must be able to coordinate their legs, hands, and eyes simultaneously so that they will react appropriately to the situation around them and drive the vehicle safely.

Hearing ability. Truck drivers need good hearing. Federal regulations require that a driver be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at 5 feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid).

Physical health. Federal regulations do not allow people to become truck drivers if they have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy, which may interfere with their ability to operate a truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a full list of medical conditions that disqualify someone from driving a long-haul truck.

Visual ability. Truck drivers must be able to pass vision tests. Federal regulations require a driver to have at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish the colors on a traffic light.

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Truck Driver Instructor Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian


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Top Truck Driver Instructor Skills

  1. Defensive Driving Skills
  2. Safety Regulations
  3. 78550Cdl Instructor.Instruct
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instruct transportation or tariff regulations, shipping orders, safety regulations, or company policies and procedures for workers.
  • Certified that drivers were properly trained to operate tractor trailer vehicles in different weather and road conditions.
  • Attend occupational health and safety meetings and re-enforce follow up actions 2.
  • Developed and reviewed current course, and new course requirement, and provide mentoring for new drivers.
  • Provided instructions in the classroom and car for student drivers ranging from 15 to 18+ years.

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