Trans American training facilities are located in Lackawanna County about
12 miles north of Scranton, PA. The institute owns and maintains a fleet
of tractors (five, seven, nine, and ten speed transmissions) and flat
bed, dump, lowboy, and van trailers 28 feet in length.
Video and audio materials, technical magazines, manuals, transportation
industry information, and National Safety Council defensive driving
techniques are all part of the technical library of materials available
to all students. A six piece tractor training and testing computerized
simulator system is used as part of the tractor trailer driver curriculum.
The Institute is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
as a third party tester for Commercial Driver Licensing and Licensed by
the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Food & Lodging
All expenses incurred while traveling to and from training and expenses
for food and lodging while in training shall be borne by the student.
Selection and approval of housing facilities is entirely at the option
of the student. Rules and regulations are established by the housing landlord,
not the school.
Each student is assigned a staff advisor who may or may not be their
instructor as well. It is the desire of the Institute that the advisor
assist students in their charge to establish and maintain a pleasant and
efficient adjustment to the training program.
Students progress records for field and classroom are completed on a
weekly basis. Marginal students are informed of their status and will
be given one training week to improve. Student's may review their personal
training report upon request to the Director of Training.
Classroom progress is based primarily upon the numerical system of 100%
with a minimum of 70% required. Field work is graded on a satisfactory
basis as determined by each individual instructor. Tractor Trailer testing
is in accordance with the Pennsylvania and U.S. Department of Transportation
Commercial Driving Licensing (CDL) Procedures.
Grading Systems Testing Scores Evaluation
A = Excellent = 4.0
B = Good = 3.0
C = Average= 2.0
D = Poor= 1.0
F = Failure = 0.0
90-100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
Below 60 = F
A = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
U = Unsatisfactory
CDL Testing Requirements
Trans American Technical Institute will provide each student with a road
trip test up to three times if needed. There is a one time fee for these
services of $100.00
In order to graduate, students must complete the total hours stipulated
in the course description, must maintain a classroom grade average
of 70% or better, and must receive a satisfactory evaluation in
road and range training. Upon meeting these objectives, a Diploma
will be awarded by the Institute. The individual will also attain
his Commercial Driver's License.
Any student who is observed to be marginal by the instructor and the
Director of Training will be informed of their status and will be
placed on probation for a period of one training week. The Director
of Training will again review their progress at the end of this
period for final determination of the student's progress.
Students dismissed from the Institute for unsatisfactory progress will
not be eligible for re-admission unless approved by the School Director.
The cabs of the trucks are modified to allow five persons to ride over-the-road
at the same time (one instructor and four students). The 1-4 ratio
of this mobile instructional unit also allows for individualized
and a maximum amount of student driving practice. Classroom instructors
can accommodate classes up to 50 students; however the average class
size has been 30. Classes in the simulator room are limited to 6
students to 1 instructor.
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