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At most schools, there is no such thing as on-the-job training…We actually use national carriers within the area. We place our students with one of their drivers, and they make actual deliveries…they get the true feeling of professional truck driving.
Jim Daniels Baker Instructor, Heavy-Duty Truck Driving Program

The Truck Driving program prepares you for an entry-level position as a local or long-distance driver of tractor trailers, heavy trucks, dump trucks, and tankers.

The program:

  • Is offered with multiple start dates throughout the year.
  • Prepares you to sit for the State of Michigan Commercial Driver Licensing Class A exam.
  • Meets all state and federal requirements for truck driver training.

Applicants for the Truck Driving program must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Have a valid operator’s license that is not currently (or within the immediate past 36 months) suspended or revoked.
  3. Meet all physical requirements specified in The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  4. Provide/pass a current DOT physical and NIDA drug screen to Baker College.

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Career Facts

  • The average annual wage for Drivers of heavy tractor-trailers is $37,560. For light trucks and delivery service Drivers, the average wage is about $28,800.
  • Overall employment of Truck Drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to increase by 8 percent by 2016, which is about average.
  • Local Drivers may advance to driving heavy or specialized trucks or transfer to long-distance truck driving. Drivers also advance to become dispatchers or safety supervisors.
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