The Advanced Tractor/Trailer Operator Program includes the study of DOT safety rules and regulations. Students must be prepared for intensive studying and basic driving skills of tractor/trailer combinations. Basic driving skills are taught with either an automatic or manual truck. Students are taught defensive driving techniques and the skills required for emergency situations. All students drive on the open road in highway, city and heavy traffic conditions. We place heavy emphasis on defensive driving, backing, safety and emergency procedures. Graduates do not receive a commercial driver license from us, but we do give them the tools and help them meet all requirements needed to obtain their CDL.
With the successful completion of our program, men and women have the qualifications necessary to enter the trucking industry as an entry‑level diesel tractor/trailer driver.
The Equipment We Use
Western Pacific students are trained on three-axle conventional tractors. We currently use Volvo and Freightliner model trucks, with both manual and automatic transmission. Our tractors are equipped with the engine and transmission combinations commonly used today.
State Approvals and Authorizations
Western Pacific is authorized to operate as a Private Vocational School in the States of Oregon and Washington.
In Oregon, our Authorization to Operate is issued by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Authorization to Operate is issued in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes 345.
In Washington, we are licensed by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, under the authority of Chapter 28C.10 Revised Code of Washington Private Vocational Schools Act.
Public Agencies Accepting Our Program
- Washington State WorkSource
- Trade Act / NAFTA
- Veteran’s Administration
- WA Employment Security Department
- WA Department of Labor & Industries
- Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Oregon WorkForce