Explore Academic Programs - Truck Driving

The Central Texas College Professional Truck Driving program is a non-credit, Continuing Education program that provides the student with personalized instruction with a curriculum designed to give the student the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in truck driving. Classroom and hands-on instruction are provided by professional, experienced and trained instructors. The program is taught at the CTC central campus in partnership with ATDS Truck Driving School in Killeen, Texas.

These are non-credit, short-term training programs through CTC Continuing Education.

Initial screening is done at the ATDS office located at 1001 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Killeen. They can also be reached at 254-432-7534.

Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

Potential earnings: $19.87 hourly; $41,3400 annually

Market growth rate (2014-2024); faster than average (five - eight percent)

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The program is 210 clock hours (four weeks) in length, consisting of 70 hours of classroom instruction and 140 hours of practical and behind-the-wheel training.

Classroom training includes:

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations
  • Logbooks
  • Safety

Range training and testing (conducted at an off-campus site) includes:

  • Vehicle inspection
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Starting and stopping
  • Shifting and clutch control
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Straight-line backing
  • Parallel parking
  • Sight-side backing
  • 45- and 90-degree backing

Over-the-road training is conducted on public roads and highways. Students will be exposed to light, moderate and heavy traffic. The student will be evaluated on turning, freeway entry and exit, merging and traffic lane changes and safe driving techniques. In addition, students will demonstrate PTI procedures and a 14-point brake system check. Night driving, short-haul and long-distance driving is included.

Degrees & Certificates Delivery Mode
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Professional Truck Driving (CC)
210 Hours | 20 Comprehensive Days
 Continuing Education
ATDS Diploma & CDL License
210 Hours | 20 Comprehensive Days
 ATDS Trucking School

Contact the Department

Office: 254-526-1586

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 Continuing Education