CDL Semi Truck Driving Instructor

Posted: 04/14/2024

Job Summary 
Are you passionate about making an impact and empowering individuals to pursue an education that fits their career goals? Are you a retired truck driver or have free time and want to earn some extra money?  Hawkeye Community College has a great opportunity for you to mentor and pass on your expertise to the semi-truck drivers of tomorrow. Now is your time to be the difference!

Hawkeye Community College’s Regional Transportation and Training Center has an immediate need for CDL Semi Truck Driving Instructors in the Cedar Valley and Peosta area. As an instructor, you would be delivering hands on in-cab and on-range instruction to students using a full-size tractor-trailer as well as skills monitoring and road monitoring to students in transportation programs or contracted training classes.  Teaching assignments may be at various sites and in various formats and be held on days, evenings, and weekends. Instructors will plan and guide the learning processes for students toward the achievement in obtaining their CDL license and employment goals.  
The Regional Transportation Training Center, located south of the main campus, is a training location for a variety of short-term training and continuing education driving courses.  The driving range features an open driving area, 26-foot-wide road, inclines, and left and right turns.  The center's building houses classrooms, drive through truck bays, and four virtual driving simulators.
Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs. Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Essential Job Functions
Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Teaches students to develop skills in shifting, clutching, cornering, backing, driving, coupling, inspecting and all other necessary competencies in becoming an entry level truck driver.
  • Employs instructional methods and materials appropriate for meeting stated objectives, assesses accomplishments of students, and provides progress reports as requested and required. 
  • Teaches students to understand vehicle components in order to perform pre and post trip inspections.
  • Instructs students on location and purpose of various components in diesel trucks and semi-trailers.
  • Ensures that Hawkeye Community College and other vendor equipment (e.g. trucks, trailers), facilities, and tools are kept clean and in good condition.
  • Provides instruction to individuals enrolled in transportation programs at the Regional Transportation Training Center or at various company locations.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal regulations.
  • Adheres to DOT, Hawkeye Community College, and departmental safety regulations and rules.
  • Treats and respects all students equally and addresses any inappropriate behavior promptly and fairly.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 2 years on the road or local driving experience.
  • Hold current CDL Class A license.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize and operate full size semi-trucks during instruction.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills to positively interact with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service, maintain customer confidence and protect operational integrity.
  • Ability to work with and provide customer service for diverse populations (faculty, staff, students, and general public).
  • Must pass/meet FMCSA requirements up to and including a pre-employment drug test, a completed FMCSA application and employment verifications. 
  • Must pass/meet Hawkeye Community College compliance requirements, up to and including a background check and vehicle insurance requirements.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous teaching and/or training experience
Working Conditions
Anticipated hours are flexible and occur during the day, afternoon and/or evenings with potential for occasional weekends.
Requires skills for succeeding in an office environment, using technology.  Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.  Work is performed in an office setting.  Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours.  During the course of the day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person. Requires ability to move in and out of full semi-truck.  Work is performed outside with varying degrees of climate, being aware of surroundings and moving vehicles.
Employment Status
Part-time, hourly positions on an as needed basis with an average of up to 27 hours per week. 
  • This position starts at $21.50 per hour with potential for an increase after 90 days. 
Application Procedure
  • Complete online application at and submit all required documentation.
    • Submit/upload a cover letter
    • Submit/upload a resume
    • Submit/upload three references with a minimum of 1 being a current/past supervisor
  • Completed applications that include required materials will be reviewed upon submission.
Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:
If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Type of Employment: Part-Time,Seasonal

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