About the Career

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.

Many opportunities also exist for careers as light truck or delivery service drivers; and bus, taxi or transit drivers.

Northern Michigan University CDL Truck Driving School

CDL driving positions remain in high demand and often pay higher wages and benefits. Data shows demand for this occupation will rise over the next ten years.

Students train in a conveniently located classroom and lab at the Jacobetti complex on NMU’s campus. Training is provided by certified driver education providers and instructors in industry-specific semi-trucks.

CDL Program Details
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must qualify to obtain a valid Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • Must be able to pass a DOT physical and drug screen
  • Programs run Monday through Friday for five weeks


CDL Student with Semi

Job Spotlight

Median earnings


Projected job growth to 2029



Truck Driving Program

Train to become a commercial truck driver at NMU’s CDL Truck Driving School in Marquette. For students age 18 and older. Graduates earn a Commercial Drivers License (CDL A) in 4 weeks.

Training Session Schedule

Five four-week sessions will be offered this spring and summer. Please check for an updated schedule.


NMU Continuing Education & Workforce Development
Director Stephanie Zadroga-Langlois • 906-227-2103