FVCC’s Commercial Drivers License program prepares students to take the driving exams for the Montana Class “A” CDL license and the Montana Class “B” CDL with passenger and school bus endorsements.
Nearly 80 percent of the all products sold in the U.S. are transported via truck at some point, creating a constant demand for safe and qualified drivers.
FVCC offers five courses in commercial driver’s license training. Courses involve electronic simulator and real behind-the-wheel driving experience, as well as classroom lecture. Students gain knowledge about federal and state regulations, safety procedures, hazardous materials, bill of lading, trip report procedures, loading and securing, and air brake systems.
- The annual mean wage for a heavy & tractor/trailer truck driver in the state of Montana is $44,700. Demand for commercial truck drivers nationally is projected to increase by 5 percent between 2014 and 2024, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- The annual mean wage for a school or commercial bus driver in the state of Montana ranges from $31,210 to $36,090. Demand for bus drivers nationally is projected to increase by 6 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Attributes of Successful Commercial Truck & Bus Drivers
- Outstanding driving record
- Mechanically adept
- Physically and mentally strong
- Level-headed and respectful of other people
- Ability to work independently