Commercial Truck Driving - CDL


Median earnings


Projected job growth to 2024

+6% (National)
+12% (Michigan) 

Education levels of current workers

56% high school diploma
19% less than high school
15% post-secondary certificate

Career Path

  • Specialized Training: CDL course or truck driving school
  • High School: entry level career options with commercial driver's license

About the career

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.

Many opportunities also exist for careers as light truck or delivery service drivers; and bus, taxi or transit drivers.

Northern Michigan University CDL Truck Driving School

NMU is proud to announce its new Commercial Driver's License (CDL) truck driving program! This has been, and continues to be, a high demand occupation, which is projected to continually increase. Along with the continued rise in demand, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released the “Entry Level Driver Training Rule,” which will take effect in 2020. This rule will require comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a CDL. This final ruling will affect anyone looking to obtain a CDL as well as all businesses with unfilled CDL driver needs.

CDL Program Details

  • Classroom/lab sessions will be held at NMU's Jacobetti Complex.
  • Driving Range hours will be completed on university property.
  • Trucks leaving the Jacobetti Complex/NMU travel on city-approved truck routes.
  • Road training will take place outside the city limits on pre-planned routes.
  • Training is provided by certified driver education providers and instructors.

NMU female student poses in front of an NMU-branded semi

Training Session Schedule

This is a five-week program, offered Monday through Friday, for eight hours daily. Choose from one of these sessions:

Session 1
May 21, 2018 through June 22, 2018

Session 2
July 9, 2018 through August 10, 2018

Session 3
August 20, 2018 through September 21, 2018

Session 4
March 18, 2019 through April 19, 2019


NMU Continuing Education & Workforce Development
Director Stephanie Zadroga-Langlois • 906-227-2103 •


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