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Area Trucking Driving School


Area Trucking Driving School
1061 Martin Avenue

Santa Clara, CA


Since 1994, Santa Clara-based Area Trucking Driving School (ATDS) has provided training, education and job placement assistance for individuals seeking employment in the trucking industry. Students are trained to operate various types of tractors and trailers and taught the rules and regulations of the Federal Department of Transportation and the Commercial Driver License (CDL). ATDS is licensed by California's Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

Three programs are offered at ATDS, all of which prepare students to take their respective CDLs and for entry level employment; the Class B Truck Driving Program, the Tractor-Trailer Driver Program, and the Federal Motor Carrier Program. Students in the Class B Truck Driving Program train for the Class B (local) California Commercial Driver License, under which they can operate a single vehicle with a GVWR of more than 26,000 lbs., a 3-axle vehicle weighing over 6,000 lbs., and all vehicles licensed under Class C. Students in the Tractor-Trailer Driver Program prepare for a Class A (local & long-haul) California Commercial Driver License in a four-week program that consists of hands-on instruction and a focus on defensive driving and emergency theories. Students in the Federal Motor Carrier Program prepares for the Class A California Commercial Driver License in a six-week program consisting of hands-on instruction focusing on defensive driving and emergency theories. They also offer Class A and Class B refresher courses for graduates, which is one-on-one training and based on the individual's needs. Every program strives to create safe drivers with no bad driving habits.

After the course is completed, ATDS takes its students to the Department of Motor Vehicle's CDL regional testing site in order to take the CDL drive test. ATDS offers a lifetime job placement assistance program for Class A and Class B driving graduates and have placed a very high percentage of graduates in the trucking industry. While enrolled in their course, students are advised on job placement topics ranging from filling out employment applications to developing professional attitude and proper work habits. ATDS works closely with several local and interstate trucking companies who employ entry-level truck drivers and after finishing the course program, graduates are introduced to recruiting firms for job opportunities.

Quick Facts

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck driving is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation and is expected to grow by 18% by 2010 with 589,000 new jobs created.

  • The Class A driver in possession of a Class A California Commercial Driver License, is also licensed for Class B and Class C and licensed for driving all types of commercial vehicles.

  • Most trucking companies offer benefit packages including health benefits and paid vacations.
  • ATDS encourage students of both sexes. While 95% of the trucking professionals on the road today are men, the number of women drivers is expected to increase. More and more women are taking advantage of the good pay, the opportunity to travel, and to work with their spouse.

  • ATDS also operates an auxiliary teaching site out of San Jose, California.


  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.

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