Truck Driving


With a new destination every day and the chance to be your own boss, Truck Driving offers you a career that is in high demand, has great pay, and prepares you for the workforce after just one semester. The median wage for Truck Drivers and Fork Lift Operators can be found on Elgin's Career Coach site.

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 largest 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 at Elgin Community College learn key 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, and other business settings. 

Forklift Certified

Earn a Forklift Operator Certificate from Elgin Community College. Earned after completing only one class, the forklift certificate consists of classroom and hands-on instruction in the safe operation of lift trucks. You’ll learn about safety inspections, balance calculation, and safe operation for loading and unloading a forklift with and without loads. All instruction will follow the training requirements outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. You will earn a Forklift Operator Certificate upon completion.

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