TDDS Technical Institute


TDDS has successfully trained thousand of Diesel Technicians and Truck drivers since 1973. Its aim is to be a leader in offering superb Diesel Technician Training and Professional Truck Driver Training that will surpass their students and Transportation industry's expectations from their company.

TDDS Technical InstituteÂâ€Ã¢„¢s Main Campus facilities are located midway between Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania just 1 mile north of I-76 on State Route 534 in the resort community of Lake Milton, Ohio. It is just minutes away from Lake Milton State Park, public hunting grounds, and within 3 miles of 5 public golf courses. Their campus is established on 20 beautifully groomed rural acres furnished particularly for truck driver and diesel technician training.

TDDS Technical InstituteÂâ€Ã¢„¢s Main Campus is equipped with almost 10,000 square feet of classrooms and diesel tech training shops, along with a newly computerized Student Resource Center, as well as a lighted maneuverability training area covering over 225,000 square feet.

TDDS offers an array of truck driver programs with flexible class schedules. Their basic commercial drivers license training programs are tailored-fit for the driver with no commercial driving experience. TDDS also has programs accessible to individuals or companies seeking to level-up their driver's skills.

Classroom Training Topics

  • Orientation to Student Resource Center

  • CDL General Knowledge

  • CDL Air Brake Systems

  • CDL Combination Vehicles

  • CDL Tankers

  • CDL Doubles & Triples

  • CDL & U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials

  • CDL Pre-Trip Inspection Procedures

  • Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations

  • Career Development & Research

  • NSC Defensive Driving Course for Professional Drivers

  • Student Resource Center Project

  • U.S. DOT Hours of Service Regulations

  • U.S. DOT Logbook Regulations

  • U.S. DOT Drug & Alcohol Regulations

  • Vehicle Systems (Shifting/Gear Patterns)

  • Accident Reporting & Fire Procedures

  • Map Reading & Trip Planning

  • Satellite Communication Systems

  • Cargo Handling & Load Securement

  • Hands-on Lab, Maneuverability and Road Training

  • Pre-Trip Inspection, Coupling & Uncoupling, Sliding Tandems

  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Maneuverability Training on Campus

  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Maneuverability Training on Public Roadways

Custom Designed & Corporate Training

These TDDS programs are designed to elevate the skills of drivers with some experience. Most custom designed training needs a Driver Evaluation. The following are available at TDDS:

  • Class A & B CDL Refresher Courses

  • Expert Witness Service for Legal Needs

  • D.O.T. Required Breath Alcohol Testing Service

  • Employee & Supervisor Controlled Substance Recognition Training

  • Logbook Training

  • Hazardous Materials Training

  • Docking Maneuvers Skill Training

  • Continuing Education Classes

Diesel Technician Training

TDDS has one of the industry's leading Diesel Technician Training Programs in the country. They offer complete Bumper to Bumper Tractor Trailer repair, Heavy Equipment Servicing. It is held in small classes and uses Live Equipment - not simulators. CDL Training are also included. Job Placement and Government Financial Aid can be enjoyed by anyone who qualifies for it. For more details about the TDDS Diesel Technician Program, visit their site.

Financial Aid

TDDS Technical Institute's Students are Eligible to Apply for:

  • Federal Pell Grants

  • Parental Loans for Undergraduate Students

  • Federal Stafford Loans

  • Veterans Training

  • United Mineworkers of America

  • GM Tuition Assistance Programs

  • Monthly Payments During Training

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for Ohio and Pennsylvania Career Link

  • Trade Adjustment (TAA/TRA)

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance

  • Company Sponsored Tuition Reimbursement Plan

  • Low Interest Private Educational Loans

Student Housing

Students in the Diesel Technician and Truck Driver Training programs may choose to stay in the TDDS student housing facility which is just minutes from beautiful Lake Milton State Park. Rooms are fully-furnished, heated and air conditioned, and have cable TV connections. The facility also has a lounge area with a Pool Table, Dart Board, vending machines, and coin operated laundry facilities. Picnic area, with available charcoal grills, where students can relax and have barbecue is also available.

Truck driver opportunities

Career opportunities in the Transportation Industry are bountiful. The Truck Driver Training Career Services Department at TDDS is more than happy to assist all TDDS Students and Graduates with job placement. Below is a listing of Preferred Employers hiring TDDS Truck Driving graduates:

  • Pam Transportation Services

  • TL Express

  • Roehl Transport

  • Stevens Transport

  • Falcon Transport

  • Werner Enterprises

  • Transport America

  • Maverick Transportation

  • TMC Transportation

Diesel Technician Opportunities

If the demand for drivers is high demand for technicians is not far behind. The Truck Driver Training Career Services Department at TDDS is happy to assist all TDDS Students and Graduates with job placement. Below is a listing of some of the Preferred Employers hiring TDDS Truck Driving Diesel Technician graduates.

  • Averitt Express

  • Young Truck Sales

  • Cummins Power

  • FYDA Freightliner

  • PAM Dedicated

  • Western Star

  • TSI

  • TA Travel Centers

TDDS is here to train drivers, and diesel technicians to be the best in the country. Honing the skills of the drivers and technicians that companies are clamoring for. TDDS even adopted a noble and nationalistic motto, "We get you moving, so you can keep the country moving."