GDL - Car Driving:1085 N Black Horse Pike Ste 7,
Williamstown, NJ 08094

License: #22094S

CDL Training Yard:
700-900 Cenco Blvd,
Clayton, NJ 08312

Ext 1 - Car Driving Ext 2 - Trucks & Buses

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CDL Yard Driver Skills In Clayton, New Jersey

When most people think of the trucking industry, they picture drivers on long trips across the country. But there are many job opportunities for commercial drivers that don’t require lots of travel, such as working as a yard driver. A yard driver keeps the tractor-trailers in a truck yard organized, moving trucks to and from loading docks and parking spaces to ensure that the yard runs as efficiently as possible. At Mike’s Driving School, Inc. in Clayton, New Jersey, we prepare students to earn their Commercial Driver License (CDL), with CDL school courses for Class A and B licenses. Our programs help students master the skills they need to find job opportunities as CDL yard drivers.

CDL Course Options

To build a career as a CDL driver, you need a reliable training program that will help you develop foundational skills. Mike’s Driving School offers multiple CDL school courses for prospective drivers:

  • Class A CDL: Advanced Class A with Forklift
  • Class A Refresher: Advanced Class A Refresher
  • Class B CDL: Advanced Class B Straight Truck with Forklift
  • Class B Passenger Endorsement: Advanced Class B with Passenger
  • Learn To Drive Forklifts: Forklift Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification

While most classes run Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekend classes are available to accommodate our students’ schedules. All courses include minimum attendance requirements. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, and Mike’s Driving School partners with tuition assistance programs available through the VA and One-Stop Career Centers of NJ.

Yard Skills at Mike’s Driving School

Students at Mike’s Driving School benefit from a combination of classroom instruction, field experience, and skill-building in our training yard. With tractor-trailers, straight trucks, and buses, students can gain the yard skills needed for Class A and B licenses. Skills you’ll learn in our training yard include:

  • How to perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections
  • How to test and operate air brakes
  • How to perform an in-cab inspection
  • How to back into a spot at a 90-degree turn
  • How to parallel park to the right (blind side)
  • How to parallel park to the left (sight side)
  • How to perform an alley dock maneuver
  • Offset backing
  • Straight-line backing

Students in our CDL courses can also earn an OSHA-approved forklift operator certification. This complementary skill can help boost your marketability during your job search. We’ll cover forklift yard skills including proper inspection, operation, and how to safely move and stack pallets.

CDL Required Qualifications

If you’re thinking about pursuing a CDL, make sure you understand the pre-requisites before you register for a course. To apply for a CDL with the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, you must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A United States Citizen or lawful permanent resident in the U.S.
  • A licensed (Class D) driver in NJ
  • Able to recognize red, green, and amber colors, and have at least 20/40 vision

You must also meet minimum requirements for physical fitness. All applicants must complete a self-certification and in some cases will need to submit valid documentation from a medical examiner.

Job Placement Assistance

The professional instructors at Mike’s Driving School have decades of experience in CDL training and driving. In addition to preparing students for CDL written test and skills exam, we help students with:

  • Interview preparation
  • Job placement
  • Understanding the business side of the trucking industry

Graduates of Mike’s Driving School can write their own success stories, and many find positions with major carriers, including Coca-Cola, Covenant Transport, McClane, and Werner. Our staff keeps in touch with all graduates to ensure they have the resources they need to find jobs as CDL drivers.

Get More Information About CDL Training at Mike’s Driving School

If you’re looking for a CDL training program where you can perfect your yard skills, choose Mike’s Driving School, Inc. We offer Class A and B CDL courses at our training yard in Clayton, NJ for students in Burlington County, Cape May County, and the surrounding area. To get more information or enroll in an upcoming CDL course, contact us today.

Monday: 9AM – 5PM | Tuesday: 9AM – 7PM | Wednesday: 9AM – 5PM | Thursday: 9AM – 7PM
Friday: 9AM – 5PM | Saturday: 9AM – 12PM (By Appointment) | Sunday: Closed
Mike’s Driving School
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