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This course provides students with hands-on training in a straight truck, driving and how to safely operate a DZ vehicle. Students gain experience shifting a manual transmission vehicle and also have the option to train using an automatic transmission vehicle. One can learn turning, backing and proper braking in a variety of spatial constraints, traffic, weather, road and light conditions alongside qualified instructors. Students also learn to put into practice the concepts of vehicle inspections, maintenance of driver logs and defensive driving techniques.

HoursOverviewStudent-Teacher Ratio
12In-Truck Training1:1
50Classroom Tractor-Trailer Theory10:1
38Yard Operations. Topics includes:

  • Pre-Trip inspections (Truck)
  • Intensive backing clinic
12Air Brake “Z” Endorsement15:1

Program Prerequisites:

  • Full class “G” license
  • Pass the MTO Driver Medical.
  • Provide a current Driver Abstract (DA).
  • Provide a current Criminal Record Search (CRS).
  • Desire for a career in the transportation industry


Career Opportunities:

There is a demand for “DZ” drivers that have been trained at a TTSAO accredited school. Many companies offer internship and apprenticeship programs to successful students to help them get their career started as a working truck driver.

Driving straight trucks typically appeal to individuals who enjoy the physical aspect of loading and unloading their truck at a shipper or customer. This type of trucking typically involves working on a daily basis (perhaps cross border) and being home every night and on weekends.

“DZ” license holders are qualified to drive straight trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks and smaller vans should they wish. We work with driver agencies and smaller companies to help provide job opportunities for “DZ” drivers however job placement assistance is not normally provided with this course.

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