Class 1 Driver – Tractor Trailer Course Descriptions

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Want to know what classes you will be taking? The Class 1 Driver – Tractor Trailer Course Descriptions give you an idea of everything you will be studying.

Workplce Hazardous Materials Information Systems WHMIS GHS Training

METI’s WHMIS GHS training provides information such as how the “new” WHMIS GHS works, comparing and contrasting to WHMIS 1988, and a comprehensive study of the hazards of the products.

Participants will learn about the hazard classes (e.g., why a product is called a corrosive and what information you can find on SDSs).

Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety Act (OH&S) Training
Students are provided with a thorough introduction of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Students learn the legislated standards that must be adhered to and the issues in creating a safe and healthy work environment.

Standard First Aid Training, CPR & AED Level C (St. John Ambulance)
Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of a FIRST AID provider. They will become familiar injuries and medical emergencies. Standard First Aid and CPR courses include AED training.

Essential Life Skills Training
Upon completion, the student will have received an upgrading in the essential skills that are important in maintaining maximum performance throughout the driver’s career. In addition, the student will have received instruction on the life strategies required to be a successful professional driver.

Computer Basics Training
After completing this course, the students will have a basic working knowledge of using computers, email, and the Internet. Students will be able to identify the computer components and be able to carry out basic computer operations including data entry, reports, email and Web searching.

Career Development Training
After completing this course, the students will be able to compose a resume and a career portfolio. In addition, the student will have knowledge of keys to a successful job interview.

Tractor Trailer Driving Training
METI developed this module to comply with the Atlantic Canada Trucking Industry. Class 1 Professional Truck Driver Training Public and Private Training Institute Standards. Topics include; Introduction to Trucking, The Commercial Driver’s License, Basic Control, Shifting, Backing and Docking, Communication, Visual Search, Space Management, Speed Management, Night Driving, Extreme Driving Conditions, Skid Control, Hazard Awareness, Railroad Crossings, Emergency Maneuvers, Accident Procedures.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Training
This course will enable the participant to safely transport dangerous goods, by following compliance requirements as set by Transport Canada, including the recent amendments.

Professional Drivers Improvement Course (PDIC) Training
The Canada Safety Council’s Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) is an established program that meets the needs of today’s complex traffic environment. PDIC  Training helps professional drivers improve their defensive driving techniques. Upon completion of this module the student will have a better understanding of how to prevent collisions, deliver cargo safely and on time, reduce costs and maintain good driving habits.

Air Brakes Training
METI’s Air Brakes Training is developed to provide knowledge on legislation, regulations, air brake systems and components and correct procedures required to safely operate a vehicle equipped with an Air Brake System preparing you to take the Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles Air Brakes Test, required to be issued an ‘Air Brake Endorsement’.
An Air Brake Endorsement permits the holder to drive vehicles equipped with air brakes in the class of vehicle for which the driver is licensed and adjust manual or automatic slack adjusters.  This is a “03” Air Brake endorsement.

Tractor Trailer Systems Training
METI developed this module to comply with the Atlantic Canada Trucking Industry Class 1 Professional Truck Driver Training Public and Private Training Institute Standards. Topics include: Control Systems, Vehicle Systems, Transportation Technology, Vehicle Inspections, Coupling and Uncoupling, Sliding Fifth Wheels and Tandem Axles, Preventive Maintenance and Servicing, Recognizing and Reporting Malfunctions, Handling Cargo, Cargo Documentation, Customer Service, Special Rigs, Hours of Service, Trip Planning, Crossing the Border, Transportation Security, Driving International Routes, Hazardous Materials, Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA).

Class 1 Driver Practical Training
METI developed this module to comply with the Atlantic Canada Trucking Industry Class 1 Professional Truck Driver Training Public and Private Training Institute Standards. M.E.T.I. will also utilize the PTDI Skill Standards for Entry–Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers as a reference guide for practical instruction and skill evaluation (note: Canadian standards will be supplemented for U.S. standards).

Pre-Trip Inspection and Coupling Training
This will be carried out at the METI’s Class 1 Driver Training Area. This training will include coupling/uncoupling; pre-trip and post-trip inspection; weight distribution, sliding trailer axles and sliding fifth wheels.

Field and Maneuvering Skills Training
The Field and Maneuvering will be carried out at the METI’s Class 1 Driver Training Area. This component of the program is designed to provide the student with the ability to safely maneuver a tractor-trailer unit in situations that a professional driver would encounter. This instruction includes straight-line backing, alley docking, and serpentine (reverse and forward) maneuvers, blind-side parallel parking, coupling and uncoupling, and pre-trip inspection.

Observation is the student’s time spent observing while other students perform range and road BTW activities. Spending time watching others drive is very important to a student’s training. Students will be able to learn from the instructor while watching the example of their fellow students.

Behind the Wheel (BTW) Training
The BTW training time is supervised time when the student has actual control of the vehicle during the driving lesson. BTW consists solely of Road Lessons. The Road Lessons will be on the road driving with the student behind the wheel. The Student/Instructor will be a maximum of 2:1 for this component. As part of the BTW, the student training will include: gear & clutch work min. 5 hours; Trans Canada, Urban and Rural minimum 30 hours; Night runs on Trans Canada, Rural & Urban routes with a minimum 3 hours; and Bob Tail maximum 2 hours. Hauling a minimum of 14,000 kg for a minimum of 30 hours.


Common Safety Orientation (CSO) Program
A CSO certificate holder will be able to present their credential to any of the Oil Sands Safety Association Member Company sites (Albian Sands Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc., and Syncrude Canada Ltd.) as proof of completing the required  site access orientation.

Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS)
Upon completion of this CSTS training course the student will have an understanding of basic construction safety through various health and safety topics, including: The Law at Work, Workplace Hazards, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Personal Physical Care, Housekeeping, Ladders & Scaffolding, Machinery, Tools & Equipment, Mobile Equipment, Field Level Hazard Assessment, Defensive Driving, Fall Protection, Excavating & Trenching, Emergency Response, WHMIS, Environmental Factors.

H2S Alive Training (Energy Safety Canada)
Upon completion of this training, students will have an understanding of what H2S is, its dangers, how to work safely and the importance of a rescue plan. The primary focus is to provide generic H2S course content to help workers work safely in and around H2S environments. The course covers the physical properties and health hazards of H2S, how to protect oneself and basic rescue techniques. Each student is required to operate a self-contained breathing apparatus and a detector tube device, and to perform CPR and rescue lift and drag exercises. This one-day course is intended for all workers in the petroleum industry who could be exposed to hydrogen sulphide (H2S).

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