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Course Description

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Shift Your Career Into Overdrive

Always wanted to drive a heavy hauler? If you’re looking to advance your career in the construction industry by operating large trucks including cement and dump trucks, this Class D Driver Training course is for you. You’ll receive an intensive 75 hours of training including 47 hours of comprehensive theory and 28 hours of practical, hands-on experience so you can handle these heavy vehicles with ease on the road.

One-on-one, in-vehicle training sets this course apart and gives you an advantage over other graduates.

From pre-trip inspections to hours of service regulations, and well-executed gear shifting techniques including double clutching on multi-speed, manual transmissions, this course will put you in the driver’s seat of your career in no time.

The Advanced D course can help you attain a career in the following industries:

  • Craning
  • Waste removal
  • Road maintenance
  • Construction
  • Logistics

Course Outline

SAFE OPERATING GUIDELINES

Building on the basic Class D licence requirements, we start by discussing regulations governing continuous hours of work, and how to correctly fill in your log book. Safety is your top priority out on the road, and you must adhere to strict ministry operating guidelines.

MAP AND TRIP

For the efficient movement of your freight, you need to carefully plan your trip before you hit the road. In this section, you’ll learn how to use the truck drivers’ atlas as well as GPS systems to choose where to buy fuel, safe rest stops, and more.

SHIFTING TECHNOLOGIES

Boost your shifting expertise. Through classroom instruction and one-on-one in-vehicle training, we’ll show you how to expertly shift gears on unsynchronized manual transmissions. Double clutching is a highly skilled shifting technique that takes plenty of practice. Our expert drivers can show you how to properly double clutch during the process of downshifting and upshifting.

We’ll also show you how to handle a Class D truck with an automatic transmission.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING

You will learn how to drive defensively in adverse weather conditions, and keep a sharper eye on traffic so you can better anticipate the actions of pedestrians and other drivers. We’ll show you how to compensate for your truck’s handling characteristics through various defensive driving techniques.

PRE-TRIP INSPECTION

We pride ourselves on making sure you keep Ontario’s roads the safest in North America. Here’s where you will learn how to conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection and complete all the necessary paperwork to be sure every aspect of your vehicle is road safe, so you can drive with confidence.

LOAD SECUREMENT

Your number one job is to be safe on the road. Yet an insecure load is the most common violation truck drivers’ encounter during an inspection. We’ll show you how to properly secure loads onto trailers, tarp loads, and inspect chains and straps. The motoring public is counting on you to make sure your load doesn’t shift or fall off your truck, causing a disaster.

LOAD SECURITY

Out on the road, you are responsible for hauling millions of dollars’ worth of cargo, and today, cargo theft is a booming industry. Here’s where you’ll learn how to be safe while loading and unloading deliveries.

BORDER CROSSING

Whether you are crossing an international border or driving across the province of Ontario, here’s where we carefully review required documentation. We’ll cover what to expect when you cross the border including everything from going through customs to having your vehicle searched.

CAREER DAY

Students in this program attend our career day for a chance to make important connections with employers who are in need of highly trained drivers. Employers share important industry information and provide the students with opportunities to ask the questions that are important to them and their careers.

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Prerequisites

Applicants must be 18 years of age and must possess:

  • A valid Ontario Class “G” licence;
  • Air brake endorsement “Z”;
  • MTO medical report, vision test and written test (taken at a DriveTest centre); and
  • Driver’s abstract.

 

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