CDL-190: Tractor-Trailer Driving Internship

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Business & Economics
Commercial Drivers License
Academic Level
Course Subject
Commercial Driver License
Course Number
Course Title
Tractor-Trailer Driving Internship
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
20.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
400.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
CDL-177, CDL-178, CDL-179, CDL-195
Catalog Course Description

A 400-hour internship that builds upon the cognitive and practical skills learned in CDL-177, CDL-178, and CDL-179. Focuses on advanced controls and maneuvers. Students will be assigned an internship where they will drive with an approved carrier for 40 hours per week over a 10 week period for on-the-road driving, including within heavy traffic. Students will select the appropriate gear to complete road exercises, demonstrate skip-shifting, both on up-shift and down shift, control vehicle shifting in traffic, and control the vehicle to stop going forward and backward with a set amount of space. Students will demonstrate how to handle the unit safely while improving back maneuvers on public roadways, utilizing defensive driving techniques, and handling the unit during State Commercial Driver's License testing procedure.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Doubles and Triples
    • Pulling double and triple trailers
    • Coupling and uncoupling
    • Inspecting doubles and triples
    • Checking air-brakes
  2. Skid control and recovery
    • Power-braking
    • Over-steering
    • Over-acceleration
    • Driving too fast
    • Drive-wheel skids
    • Correcting a drive-wheel braking skid
    • Front-wheel skid
  3. Tank Vehicles
    • Inspecting tank vehicles
    • Driving tank vehicles
    • Safe driving rules
  4. Hazardous Materials
    • The intent of the regulation
    • Bulk tank loading, unloading and marking
    • Driver responsibilities
    • Driving and parking rules
    • Communication rules
    • Emergencies
    • Loading and unloading
  5. First Aid and CPR Training
    • First aid
    • Heimlich maneuver
    • Chest compressions and breaths
  6. On-Road Driving Test
    • Turns
    • Intersections
    • Urban and rural straight
    • Urban and rural changes
    • Expressway
    • Stop and start
    • Curve
    • Railroad crossing
    • Bridge, overpass and sign
    • Clutch, gear, brake, and lane usage
    • Steering
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Perform coupling and uncoupling procedures
  • Successfully complete tests for endorsements on: doubles, triples, tankers, and hazmat
  • Successfully complete skid pad tests
  • Successfully complete CPR training

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed through tests, quizzes, in-class activities, and outside assignments.


Required course materials on file in department office.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2017
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date