Mandatory training was implemented to help prepare new drivers to have a full Class 1A license with a better understanding of the industry they are entering. The MELT course covers all requirements set forth by SGI for mandatory training. The length of the course ensures that students receive all the required minimum hours for in-cab training, in-yard and module work that completes the in-class hours. 18-Wheels uses a ratio of two students per one unit (2:1) during practical instruction. This allows the students the opportunity to observe as well as operate the equipment. Students may finish the course with more than the minimum hours listed.
Training is available in either standard or automatic transmissions. Any student who takes training in the automatic and tests with SGI will be restricted to driving automatic transmission only. The use of the truck and trailer for training and testing are provided for the students during the course.
Students are required to have a passing grade of 80% for all module work and competencies in each section of training. Testing will be booked after hours and passing grade are met as per SGI’s regulations.
Two road exams are included in the tuition fees. If students require a third test, additional charges for the cost of the exam and use of the equipment will be applicable.
The MELT program for Class 1A training is available only in Regina.