Under the direction of the truck driving instructors, instructional assistants are responsible for operating the Collision Avoidance Training (CAT) range, demonstrating diesel truck driving and related operational skills to students, administering tests, maintaining records, preparing reports, and performing related functions.
- Demonstrate vehicle operation, including shifting techniques, how to couple and uncouple semi-trailer combinations, vehicle inspection, and scaling.
- Demonstrate and supervise students driving under a variety of environments and driving conditions, including straight line backing, developing depth perception, making turns, backing into docks and parking places, mirror adjustment, and how to use large mirrors and convex mirrors.
- Set up lab equipment for daily activities.
- Fuel trucks as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to drive all truck and trailer combinations offered in the truck driving program.
- Ability to effectively explain information to a variety of persons and instruct others in various aspects of the department and the College.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Ability to model integrity through self-awareness, personal accountability, ethical behavior, quality standards, and sustainable practices.
- Ability to think critically by applying problem solving practices, acquiring relevant information, using technology and other resources appropriately, and evaluating alternatives.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students, instructors, truck supply and maintenance personnel, trucking company personnel, and Motor Vehicle Department representatives by speaking and writing clearly, concisely, and professionally; practicing active listening; reading critically and adapting communication for audience.
- Ability to value diversity by recognizing personal biases, adapting to culturally diverse situations, and demonstrating a commitment to equity, inclusion, and respectful interactions with persons of diverse ethnic, cultural, social-economic, or educational backgrounds.
- Basic knowledge of and skills with technology including software programs for communication, data collection, and decision making including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, and Excel.