Elgin Community College gives you an advantage! You will learn and train on vehicles currently used throughout the industry, so you'll be confident and ready to excel in your new career. Our state-of-the-art driving simulator—used by major trucking companies to train their drivers—is another strength of our program that you won't find elsewhere. You'll work with the best and most extensive fleet of tractors and trailers as an ECC student. This is the most comprehensive training program in the area.
Students in the Truck Driving Program in Elgin learn critical skills in addition to driving, including map reading, trip planning, log keeping, vehicle systems, cargo handling, driving under adverse conditions, defensive driving, and transporting hazardous materials, plus legal topics of interest to trucking and transportation. ECC instructors have decades of experience in the industry and are here to help you. Jobs in the trucking field are plentiful and open to everyone, so join us and get your career rolling towards success. Plus, adding a forklift operator certificate to your degree is a valuable credential for truck drivers and employees in manufacturing, warehouse, logistics, and other business settings.
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Careers for Forklift Drivers
Earn a Forklift Operator Certificate through classroom and hands-on instruction you'll understand how to operate lift trucks safely. In just one class, you'll learn safety inspections, balance calculation, and safe operation for loading and unloading a forklift while working with and without loads. All instruction follows training requirements outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that working in material moving machine operators (as Forklift operators are sometimes called) will grow 7 percent in the next 10 years. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Material Moving Machine Operators (accessed December 22, 2021).
Truck Drivers are in Demand
With the current truck driver shortage, it's never been a better time to consider a career in freight moving and getting your commercial driver's license (CDL). The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that working as a Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers will grow by 12 percent by 2030, and Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers can expect to grow about as fast as other occupations at 6 percent within 10 years from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers, (accessed December 22, 2021).
With a new destination every day and the chance to be your boss, Truck Driving offers you a career in high demand, has great pay, and prepares you for the workforce after just one semester. You can find the median wage for Truck Drivers and Fork Lift Operators on Elgin's Career Coach site.
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Elgin Community College helped graduate Krissy Button earn her commercial driver’s license and start a new career as a truck driver.
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