Commercial Vehicle Operations prepares individuals for employment as professional truck drivers. 


The mission of the Technical Competency Area in Commercial Vehicle Operations is designed to prepare individuals, through short-term training, for employment as professional tractor-trailer drivers.

Program Description

Commercial Vehicle Operations is taught at the West Monroe Campus of Louisiana Delta Community College as non-credit. It is offered through the College's Workforce Division.

The program is a 4-week training course designed to prepare students to enter the truck driving industry. The program content includes instruction in operating diesel powered tractor trailer rigs, identifying common vehicle components, defensive driving skills, actual driving on rural, urban and interstate highways, handling cargo, backing and maneuvering tractor trailers, documentation and verification of loads, logging and the performance of vehicle inspections.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will receive quality classroom instruction and practical shop experience to enable them to drive tractor-trailer trucks, diesel powered vehicles, in the city, on the interstate, and on two-lane highways.
  • Students will develop skill in safe and professional driving, driver maintenance, mapping, communication, keeping proper logbooks, human relations, and employability.
  • Covers training in:
    • The FMCSA Subpart E - Entry-level driver training requirements
    • Map Reading and Trip Planning
    • Commercial Vehicle Inspections
    • Commercial Vehicle Basic Skills
    • Driving a Commercial Vehicle over the road operations

Applicant Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a Current Valid Driver's License
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Provide a Current Valid DOT Physical
  • Provide a Current Valid Negative result DOT Drug Screen
  • Provide a Current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the Office of Motor Vehicles
  • Be able to read and speak the English language sufficiently to understand highway traffic signs and signals and directions given in English and to respond to official inquiries.
  • Have or be working on obtaining their Class "A" CDL Permit from the Office of Motor Vehicles

For information regarding entry into the program contact Clay Smith, 318-397-6189, Clay Smith.