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The Premier CDL, Heavy Equipment, & Oilfield Training Facility
The instructional staff at Great Lakes Truck Driving School is made up of highly qualified professional drivers and heavy equipment operators with years of experience in their industry. Our dedicated staff pledges their unwavering commitment to:
- Provide quality driver training programs and heavy equipment programs that will instill a positive attitude.
- Provide practical and theoretical instruction that will produce safe, well-qualified drivers and heavy equipment operators who will be an asset to their company and their community.
Situated on over 10 acres, our state-of-the art training facility is centrally located and is within 30 minutes of downtown Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain and Medina. Consisting of a 9,000 square foot building, this expansive facility houses spacious classrooms, offices, and student break/activity areas. With ample acreage, and a designated shifting track, our students are able to practice backing maneuvers and perfect their skills. The Heavy Equipment Training Area resembles a construction site where students learn safety, job site set-up, topography readings, grading techniques, trenching, laying pipe, loading dump trucks, footer set-up and more!
Truck Driving, Transportation, and Mechanics
This program is designed for individuals who have no previous tractor-trailer experience. This training prepares students for the CDL Skills Test and entry-level employment as a tractor trailer driver.
SECTION ONE: CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION
Classroom Instruction consists of introducing students to the trucking industry, its regulations, laws, taxes, and standards. It covers a wide range of subjects to strengthen the student's knowledge in truck driving techniques, maneuvers and safety awareness.
SECTION TWO: DRIVING RANGE
Driving Range instruction consists of teaching students how to properly maintain their equipment, couple and uncouple tractor-trailer combination units, perform vehicle inspections, practice various backing maneuvers to advance the students skill level.
SECTION THREE: ROAD TRAINING
On road instruction introduces the students to various traffic situations and to various roadway systems to develop safe driving techniques. Students apply speed and space management, visual search, communication, shifting techniques, double clutching, progressive shifting , and defensive driving techniques to safely operate a tractor-trailer. A total of approximately 450 miles of on-road training is implemented to develop the students' performance level.