North Carolina Truck Driving School
Technical Standards

Standard Definition of Standard Examples of Standard
Critical thinking / problem solving Able to recognize when to up-shift, down-shift, operate the engine in the operating range, and to set up the vehicle properly to negotiate turns and proper backing

Apply information, evaluate the meaning of data and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and driver training setting.

Apply broad class concepts to unique driving and employer situations.

Make correct judgments on when to up-shift and down shift transmission.

Respond appropriately to constructive feedback.


Appropriate interpersonal interaction with other students, faculty, staff, and other professionals.

Effective communication with others, both verbally and in writing.

Establish and maintain a professional relationship with instructors and other students.

Demonstrate appropriate impulse control and professional level of maturity.

Able to calmly and clearly, verbally communicate intentions in English, such as lane changes and passing safety with instructor in a timely manner.

Able to understand instructor instructions while driving and respond appropriately and in the time required for safety to others in and out of the truck.

Convey information in a clear, professional and timely manner.

Motor Skills

Sufficient motor function to execute movements required to shift the transmission correctly, to maneuver the vehicle in all traffic situations.

Sufficient physical endurance to operate the vehicle in any weather and traffic environments for long periods of time.

Manipulate vehicle to safely perform backing and traffic maneuver such as lane change and passing.

Participate completely in classroom activities.

Participate fully in required activities in driver training setting including extended periods of standing, lifting equipment, or sitting while driving.

Professional Conduct

Function effectively and adapt to circumstances including highly stressful or rapidly changing situations.

Operate the vehicle professionally, exhibiting courtesy, and tolerance for other drivers.

Incorporate professional standards of practice into all activities.

Present a positive image to customers, the public, and other employees.

Demonstrate integrity and accountability during driver training and in academic setting.

Utilize computers correctly effectively and professionally to acquire information and to communicate with others.

Maintain mature, sensitive and effective relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff and other professionals.

Demonstrate emotional stability to participate fully in the clinical and academic setting at an appropriate level.

Refrain from using improper grammar, profane or inappropriate communications.

Complete all assignments In a timely manner adhering to the JCC code of ethics.

Respond appropriately to constructive feedback.

Take all tests and final examinations as scheduled.

Wear appropriate clothing that is not distracting or offensive when in a learning environment.

Utilize the internet to collect current employer/recruiter information and DOT required documentation.

Communicate via e-mail in a professional and ethical manner


Must be able to pass the requirements of the Federal DOT Physical.

Must be able to recognize changes in vehicle operation and changing traffic and weather conditions and react in a positive way to prevent accidents and promote highway safety.

Physically perform required duties depending on specific type of vehicle training.