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EASTERN IDAHO TECHNICAL COLLEGE_ ___________________________________________________________ 2015-2016
truck driver training personnel
• Practice using the latest, most modern tractor-trailer equipment
What jobs may I get?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, new drivers
sometimes start on panel trucks or other small straight trucks.
As graduates gain experience and show competent driving skills,
they may advance to larger and heavier trucks, and finally to
• Many long haul carriers have training programs available and
will accept EITC graduates into their long distance truck driving
training programs.
• Some drivers choose to purchase a truck and go into
business for themselves as owner/operators.
• A few truck drivers may advance to dispatcher, manager, or
into training positions with additional experience.
Entrance Requirements:
• Students must possess a valid Idaho driver’s license
• The state of Idaho allows individuals 18 years old and older to
drive trucks within its borders
• The U.S. Department of Transportation establishes minimum
qualifications for truck drivers engaged in interstate commerce
• Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require drivers to be
21 years old and to pass a physical examination once every 2
• EITC application required
Physical Requirements:
• The main physical requirements include good hearing, at least
20/40 vision with glasses or corrective lenses, and a 70- degree
field of vision in each eye. Drivers must be able to distinguish
the difference between the colors of red, yellow, and green.
Drivers must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at not
less than 5 feet with a hearing aide if needed
• Drivers must have normal use of arms and legs and normal
blood pressure
• Drivers cannot use any controlled substances, unless prescribed
by a licensed physician
• Persons with epilepsy or diabetes controlled by insulin are not
permitted to be interstate truck drivers without a special waiver
from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Federal regulations require employers to test their drivers for
alcohol and drug use as a condition of employment and require
random tests while they are on duty
• According to DOT regulations, all drivers must be able to
read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare
reports, and communicate with law enforcement officers and the
Professional Truck Driver Training
Basic Technical Certificate
10 Credits
Not Financial Aid Eligible
PTD 101
Professional Truck Driving Fundamentals
PTD 102
Basic Driving Skills Development
PTD 103
Advanced Driving Skills Development
*PTD 101, 102, and 103 are offered concurrently and cannot be taken
Melody Clegg, Division Manager Theresa Groenewold
Joyce Byington, Office Specialist Sandie Takahashi
Cecilia Flores, Customer Service Specialist
Desk: (208) 535-5386
Office Specialist: (208) 535-5326
Room 340, John Christofferson Building
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Division is housed in the
Adult Learning Center (ALC) and assists students in achieving
their goals through basic skills instruction in English,
mathematics, and reading. Specialized classes are available in
English as a Second Language (ESL), General Educational
Development (GED) preparation, and Compass preparation.
Services are free to adults over the age of 16, who are not
enrolled in a K-12 program and whose basic skills fall below the
12th grade level.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The ESL program provides non-English-speaking students with
instruction in the English language from beginning through
advanced levels.
General Skills Brush Up and GED Prep
The regional ALC offers free instruction to prepare students for
the Compass exam or to take the four GED exams. Assistance
is provided in general skills that are needed for college entrance
exams. Similar instruction in basic skills and GED preparation is
offered in outreach centers in Bonneville, Butte, Custer,
Madison, and Fremont counties.
New students entering the ABE program on campus or in the
outreach centers will take a pre-test to identify their
academic levels. There is no charge for this test. The test
assesses reading, language (English and writing), and math
skills. Each student will pre-test at entrance and post-test after
receiving a minimum of 60 hours of educational instruction. The
test shows results as well as areas of strengths and weaknesses.
The test takes between two & four hours. Please call the Adult
Learning Center to schedule a test at (208) 535-5386 or (208)
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)
Each ESL student will be pre-tested and placed into the correct
class or level according to the CASAS score. There is no charge
to take the CASAS exam. CASAS tests take approximately
two and one half hours to complete. Post- testing after every 70
course hours will monitor student progress. Please call the Adult
Learning Center to schedule a test at (208) 535-5326 or (208)
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